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Restorative art thru 3D printing

If you have been a funeral director and did prep room work for any length of time you are aware that there are some situations where you will question that you can get the deceased back to an acceptable level of appearance for a casketed viewing. I will be honest and tell you that while there were times when I enjoyed the satisfaction of prep room work, I wasn’t real skilled at it.  I was fortunate to have teammates that […]

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Archbishop says, “No more” referring to extreme embalmings in the church

In 2018, when I learned about it, Funeral Director Daily introduced our readers to “Extreme Embalming” via this article about some funerals that had taken place in New Orleans.  “Extreme Embalming”, for better or worse, is the moniker that has been given to the embalming art of embalming bodies and posing them in “life-like” forms for the visitation and funeral. Since the 2018 article in Funeral Director Daily, which brings forth another article that has photos of the practice in […]

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FEMA to begin taking applications for funeral assistance

We started hearing in early January that the omnibus Covid relief bill passed by Congress in December 2020 would have some type of reimbursement for funeral expenses of Covid-19 victims.  It was rumored that relief would be administered out of the funding provided to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). We’ve now learned in the last couple of weeks that the funeral assistance portion of that bill will become a reality.  Here is an interesting news story and print article […]

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Bringing your public image to reality

If you are operating a business, such as a funeral home or cemetery, and that business has been around for several years, whether you like it or not, that business has a perception to the public.  The good news is that if the business has been around for a length of time, then it is fair to assume that there is a pretty good public image of the business in the consumer’s mind. . . . or the business would […]

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“I know how you feel”. . . Prince Harry on child bereavement

Over the weekend I learned that Prince Harry recently authored a forward in a children’s grief book.  The book, “Hospital by the Hill” which you can learn more about here, tells the story of a child who losses their frontline health care worker mother from death due to the pandemic. The book is being given out free of charge to any young person in the United Kingdom affected in this way. Here are some excerpts from Prince Harry in the […]

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Here comes the competition

We’ve kept you up to date with Recompose founder Katrina Spade and her efforts to make Natural Organic Reduction (NOR) or what some call “human composting” a reality for the consumer public.  In our opinion, it was her drive and determination that proved the science and got the process to legal status in the state of Washington. After that was done, we brought you this Funeral Director Daily article last October about two more companies planning to follow in that […]

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Students, scholarships, and a way you can help

It is interesting that I came across this article as I was thinking of a topic for today’s column.  One of the items that I have been thinking about lately was the COVID relief bill that passed the Senate last weekend and passed the House on Wednesday.  It is expected to bring $1.9 trillion in aid to a multitude of different areas of our economy.  Part of that aid is expected to go to colleges and universities to help both […]

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Recompose opens. . . . has clients

I’ve been an entrepreneur and have started some businesses outside of the death care realm. I think one of the things that happens to every entrepreneur who starts a business that is new and unique is that they open their doors for business and then wonder if anybody will purchase their goods and/or services.  No matter how many times you have started a business. . . .I think that exact moment you are open for business is somewhat nerve wracking. […]

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Netflix premiers “Buried by the Bernards”

A television show about the goings on in a funeral home is nothing new.  I can remember the shows “Family Plot” and “Six Feet Under”.  Last Friday night, Netflix premiered the newest franchise in funeral television when they aired the first episode of “Buried by the Bernards“.  This article and video shows the family having a small viewing party at their funeral home to celebrate the occasion. “Buried by the Bernards” is a reality show that follows the Memphis based […]

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Mark Cuban: “. . .the grief industry is very much old school”

Back in October 2019 on an episode the television production of Shark Tank, serial investor and billionaire Mark Cuban became invested in a death care company.  It was at that time that Cuban invested $600,000 for a 9% share of the “cremation carbon to diamond” company Eterneva.  That $600,000 investment gave the company a valuation of almost $7 million at the time. Funeral Director Daily caught up with the company when we found this article in Insider.  In the article, […]