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Cemetery Products

A new use for cemeteries

Over the history of successful products you will encounter many that the intended use for the product never developed into something big, but another use came into play, many times by accident, that worked out okay for the developers of the product. First, let’s take a quick look at some products that have became very successful somewhat by accident.  In the 1920’s an unknown disease caused cattle to spontaneously bleed to death.  It was discovered that these cattle had eaten […]

Business Finance Products

Robot working overtime at Arbor Memorial funeral home

Canada’s privately owned  funeral home and cemetery company, Arbor Memorial, was recently selected as a “Gold Standard Winner” for Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies award for the 4th straight year.  The award is the country’s leading business award program recognizing entrepreneurial companies for the caliber of their management abilities and practices.  You can see a press release on this award here. It’s easy to see why Arbor Memorial is considered for this award every year when you look at an article […]

Cremation Finance Products

Death care start-ups Recompose and Pure Cremation keep moving forward

New ideas come to the forefront in all industries from time to time.  Some never get going, some ideas stagnate, but it is really exciting when you see some ideas and concepts catch a tailwind and continue to move forward. In the last couple of weeks we have seen news from two death care start-ups, Seattle’s Recompose and Great Britain’s Pure Cremation, that make us believe that their masts are billowing with some wind behind the sails. Recompose, the original […]

Finance Products

Matthews increasingly serving the profession. . . . and the living

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently published this article on Matthews International entitled “From tombstones to fuel cells, Matthews International wants to leave its mark on clean mobility“.  The article is a great read on Matthews and reminded me that this “quiet company” of funeral service continues to make a difference every day, not only in the death care profession, but to the living as well. Matthews operates in three distinct divisions — one of which they call their Memorialization segment.  The […]

Business Products

Johnson Consulting to host “Data Driven Decision” webinar

There is an old song released in April 1981 and sung by Barbara Mandrel entitled, “I was Country when Country wasn’t cool”.  I have to admit that when I entered my freshman year of college at Texas Christian University in September of 1976  I started hearing music that resonated with me. . . .Waylon Jennings, Jerry Jeff Walker, Willie Nelson. . . artists that I had never heard of in Minnesota at that time.  Circumstances led me back to Minnesota […]

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Perceived lack of Death Care transparency leads to winning startup competition

Three University of Washington students recently won the $25,000 grand prize in a start-up competition hosted by the University of Washington’s Foster School Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship.  And, they did so with a pre-launch Death Care start-up they have named AfterLife Listings. Clara Kobashigawa, one of the three students was mentioned in this article from Geek Wire Startups that “the idea originated after her family had to say goodbye to a loved one and was shocked to to see the […]

Business Products

When grandma dies, how do we get the word out?

I served as a funeral director in a small town and when somebody died, the news got out.  There can be a difference between a death notice and an obituary or an obituary can serve as both.  In America we have closed over 2,000 newspapers since the year 2000 and many communities no longer have any local news coverage. So, how does the word get out that grandma died so that people can pay their respects at the visitation and […]

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Casket company creating a niche

The big casket companies in America , in a non-Covid year, tell us that they are having their unit sales drop between 1 and 3% annually because of the nationwide increase in cremation percentages.  However, in the not so distant future as the country’s high number of Baby Boomers start to pass away the increased death numbers will clash with the increasing cremation percentage numbers and caskets sales, in total volume, may actually increase. One company in New Zealand doesn’t […]

Business Products

Colorado legalizes human composting

I’ve said all along that as death care moves forward there will continue to be full service funeral homes, but there will also be a growing niche of death care disposition options available to the consumer public. Just last week Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill into law that will make Colorado the second state in the United States to legalize human composting as a legal form of disposition of a dead human body.  The process of Natural Organic […]

Business Products

Here’s an opportunity for your funeral home to make a little extra income

Covid-19 and the ramifications it brought with social distancing was tough on funeral and memorial services.  It was even more devastating to the wedding and wedding reception business. However, during the calendar year of 2020 most brides and grooms continued to take the plunge into matrimony. . . . they just did so without that large gathering and wedding reception. Because of that situation an interesting opportunity may exist for those in the funeral home business with the proper facilities […]