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Death care suppliers. . . .they are busy too

Funeral Director Daily has written a lot of articles in the past year about how busy funeral homes have been with death calls.  It’s just the way it has been for funeral homes in the year of COVID. What we have not done is find any articles on how suppliers are very busy.  We have seen some reports that fly by night “start up” suppliers have appeared and what is done is many crisis situations has happened this year also. […]

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Craft beers and Green funerals

I read this article entitled “Everyone dies, so why not go out as a tree?” from Denverite magazine.  I even smile as I write this but it made me think of craft beer. I’m not alcohol free.  I had of my share of beer. . . especially in my twenties.  Today, however, I’m more for sipping a glass of a nice cabernet or merlot than any beer.  However, as I read the article which is about alkaline hydrolysis, sometimes referred […]

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Cemeteries: Do you have the “right” inventory to succeed?

There is an old saying about location, location, location.  However, if you are in the sales business you know you have to have the proper inventory also. We have a lot of subscribers in the cemetery business at Funeral Director Daily.  Some of these subscribers work for the big companies like Service Corporation, Park Lawn, StoneMor, and Carriage Services.  And, a lot of these subscribers operate non-profit community cemeteries, including many funeral directors that sit on the boards of these […]

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Cleaning out for Christmas

With the Christmas holiday coming up this weekend Funeral Director Daily will not be publishing on Thursday or Friday of this week.  As usual, there is plenty in our industry to tell you about, but with the limited days and multiple stories we thought we would just use this afternoon to give you some teasers on articles that you may look up yourself. First of all, we bring you this information from Adidas. . even though there is no article […]

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Funeral photos back in vogue. . can you cash in on the trend

My father died 43 years ago.  I was a teenager.  He was 58 years old and a prominent business man in his small community.  I have no photos of the large event that was his visitation and funeral.  I’ve got a newspaper article and two images inside my head. . . one image is that of our pastor in the pulpit overlooking a filled church sanctuary.  The other image I have is of looking out from the back seat of […]

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Financial strategies with capital investments

A couple of weeks ago Funeral Director Daily did a couple of articles dealing with working on an operating budget for funeral homes.  We looked at both the income and the expense sides and told you of how we budgeted over the years for profit. . . .even if our call numbers came in lower than expected. Over the years I’ve often thought and have come to believe that there are three main objectives in a triangle that build a […]

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Wilbert offering free CEU hours to funeral directors

I’ve learned, and am not surprised, that there are companies out there that really understand that the coronavirus pandemic has been detrimental in many ways.  I never really thought about it but for those of us who like to get our continuing education hours in a live setting, we realize that those settings have been discontinued in the wake of social regulations in our society this year. While I understand that has been tremendously detrimental on companies from all industries […]

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A couple of choices for future success in the death care space

Now that I’ve finished reporting on the quarterly reports of the large “established” companies in the death care realm, I thought it would be interesting to give my insight on a couple of  companies  that I think have a great potential to  “grow” into larger companies or services in the future. And while Tribute Technology reportedly just sold for over $1 billion, you will probably see that my short list is a little light in, what would generally be considered […]

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Another funeral tech firm raises capital

On Friday we published an article about funeral FinTech and software firm Tribute Technology fetching a reported “more than a billion” dollar amount when sold.  That same day we learned in this article that an Idaho funeral tech firm had just received a $4 million venture fund investment from Pelion Venture Partners based in Utah. Gather, a Meridian, Idaho, based company, according to the article, “provides software solutions to funeral homes to help families after the death of a loved […]

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Catching up with the casket business

We are in the period of public companies reporting their 3rd Quarter results to the world and it is only a couple of weeks before Hillenbrand, parent company of Batesville Casket Company, and Matthews International, parent company of Aurora Casket Company will give us those results. As most of you know, those businesses have generally continued to remain profitable even in the face of downward unit sales over the past several years as cremation has cut into the number of […]