The Latest News from StoneMor Partners

By Funeral Director Daily / March 31, 2017 /

StoneMor Partners, the Philadelphia based funeral home and cemetery  limited partnership that is publicly traded, issued some interesting news this week.  First of all, CEO Larry Miller, one of the firm’s founders has announced his resignation effective on August 31, 2017, or when a replacement is named.  Secondly, according to an article in, the…

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Funeral Arrangements Among Common Causes of Family Arguments

By Funeral Director Daily / March 29, 2017 /

For those of you who have actually sat in the arrangement conference room the above headline probably is no surprise.  A press release from Response Source, who is advocating on the part of Pure Cremation, is an interesting read on how arguments over funeral arrangements can happen. According to the release one of the top…

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Pre-Arrangements and Wills

By Funeral Director Daily / March 21, 2017 /

Author Andrew Zashin comments in the  Cleveland Jewish News that when meeting with an attorney to consider drafting a will one should also talk about a “Preneed Funeral Contract”.  He states that  the consumer can meet with a reputable funeral director to do virtually everything he wants to do – from selecting the services to…

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Canadian Pricing Investigated

By Funeral Director Daily / March 19, 2017 /

A recent investigation by the Toronto Star and CBC was published in the Hamilton Spectator and pointed out consumer issues with pricing in Canadian funeral homes. Reporters focused in on funeral homes owned by Toronto based Arbor Memorial and the United State’s death care giant, Service Corporation International (SCI).  In a contrast to what we…

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Our Thoughts – What’s in a Name??

By Funeral Director Daily / March 17, 2017 /

Like many other states, my home state of Minnesota requires continuing education for funeral directors and pre-need licensed insurance agents.  I happen to hold both types of licenses so I typically try to find some courses where I can get credit as a funeral director and as an insurance agent in the same course. Yesterday…

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A.M. Best Affirms “Excellent” Rating on Assurant

By Funeral Director Daily / March 3, 2017 /

Assurant, Inc., parent company of Assurant Pre-Need, has received a rating of A (Excellent) in its Financial Strength Rating (FSR) according to a note in Business Wire of March 2, 2017. Best also affirmed the FSR rating of A- (Excellent) for the life and health subsidiaries of Assurant. According to the article Assurant’s ratings recognize…

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Funeral Home Settles Pre-Need Case

By Funeral Director Daily / February 23, 2017 /

WVAH and the Charleston Gazette mail report that a Putnam County, West Virginia funeral home has reached a settlement in a case from 2015 in which the funeral home submitted death claims on preneed funeral plans for people who were not yet deceased. Homesteaders Life Insurance Company contends that the Gatens-Harding Funeral Home claimed over…

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Funeral Director’s Life Recognized

By Funeral Director Daily / February 15, 2017 /

Funeral Director Life (FDLIC) of Abilene, Texas was recognized by FORTUNE Magazine and Great Place to Work as one the “Best Workplaces in Texas for 2017″. It was ranked #6 overall for the State of Texas. According to an company press release, employees expressed their appreciation for FDLIC’s unique culture and work environment. FDLIC was…

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