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An Ancillary Opportunity for Your Funeral Home

I started a weekday blog about 15 months ago with no subscribers and no real idea what I would be doing.  Today, with just organic growth I have almost 500 free subscribers who receive  my daily dose via e-mail and hundred of others who follow on Twitter and Facebook as well as those that just pick up an article here and there from our web connections.  It’s been somewhat humbling to hear from so many of you – from all […]

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Netherlands Firm Designs Contemporary Funeral Home

In an article that appeared in FastCompany.com that you can read here, Dutch architectural firm HofmanDujardin, described what it believes may become the new wave of funeral home ceremony establishments.  The design, which has not been built, was inspired by their attendance at a death of a partner whose funeral was attended by the principals of the firm. One of the partners commented, “Barring a space funeral, I would much prefer being booted off this planet in this stunning setting […]

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Utah Becomes 14th State to Approve Alkaline Hydrolysis

A recent article from The Universe, a Brigham Young University publication, which you can read here starts off with the following quote, “The baby boomers have changed every industry in their lives, so they’ll change this one as well.”  That was said by Utah funeral director and founder of the Nelson Family Mortuary Lance Nelson. Nelson’s comment comes in a discussion of Utah HB 387 – the bill that allowed alkaline hydrolysis to become legal in Utah, making Utah the […]

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What’s Your Protocol?

When I first started making funeral arrangements it was in the day of over 90% earth burials in my community.  I remember many times when making the removal of the deceased at the nursing home, hospital, or private residence that the next of kin would say to me, “When do we come in to pick out the casket?”  We all know that when families come in for arrangements it was for much more than “picking out a casket”, however, that […]

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Pure Cremation Secures $10 million in Venture Financing

Pure Cremation, the company that was started in the United Kingdom in 2015 recently announced that it will have received a total of US $10 million in funding for its low cost model of simple cremations following death.  According to this article from Evening Express which you can read here, Elliot Kaye, an investment director at Puma Investments said this of the company, “his firm is putting money behind what he hopes is a winning combination of an experienced management […]

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Have You Seen Coffin in a Box?

My wife and I enjoy going through the Ikea store near Mall of America in the Minneapolis suburbs.  Virtually everything we find there is not only modern and up to date, but we can purchase it for a discount in a box, bring it home, and put it together.  We not only get a great piece of furniture but we save money to boot. I recently discovered a company from the Netherlands – Coffin in a Box – that produces […]

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Giving Service to Those Who Served

If you have read Funeral Director Daily for any length of time you will know – that while I did not have the privilege to serve in the United States Armed Forces – I truly admire and have always enjoyed serving those that did.  I still get goosebumps, even after thirty-five years of being a funeral director when at the conclusion of a grave side service, Taps is played and a uniformed personnel steps up to the mourning family and […]

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This Might be the Worst Funeral Mailer I’ve Ever Seen

I read an article the other day that I found in the consumer “Watchdog” section of the Dallas News.  The article that you can read here pertained to a direct mail piece advertising “Free Burials for Eligible Veterans and Spouses”. That type of ad is not uncommon and if you are in the funeral business you have a pretty good notion of what is coming.  However, if you are not in the funeral business, you may be enticed with another […]

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Trouble With Processions — Give the Funeral Nav a Try

When we started Funeral Director Daily it was our hope that by bringing you issues and topics in the death care industry we would be able to not only help you in understanding those issues, but help in finding solutions to them as well. Last week we published an article about funeral procession escorts and the many communities that are just not able to help with them free of charge anymore.  That has led to problems ranging from accidents to […]

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No Mourners, No Ceremony, No Fuss

Church Times, a publication in Great Britain, came out with what I thought was a truly thought provoking article last week concerning the growing trend of direct cremation and what that means for the greater church going forward.  You can read the article here. In essence they talked about the change in society from what at one time was even poor people saving money for a “nice” funeral so that their family  would not be shamed by a “pauper’s funeral”.  […]