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More on the U.S. Casket Industry

The other day I told you that I had become privy to a report done on the state of the American Casket industry.  We gave out some insights on the industry and both its past decline and its probable future decline in units sold and dollar amounts sold. One of the things that I found very interesting in the report was that the key driver of casket sales was not those people that “want” to buy caskets, but it was […]

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The American Casket Market

I’ve been able to receive a private report from November 2017 on the State of the American Casket Market.  It is an extensive report that goes into who are the players in the industry, what is the market like, who has what percentage of market share, what is the profitability of the industry, and attempts to give a look into the future of where the industry is going. I found the report, and I’ll share parts of it with readers […]

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And Now. . . A Funeral Home Video Game

In the world of the Millennials we should have expected this to come sooner or later.  On October 18, 2017, a video game where you play as a mortician was introduced to the general public.  Developed by Laundry Bear Games, the game is A Mortician’s Tale and  you can read all about it and even see some video of how it works in this Press Release. From what I have learned the game deals with death in ways decidedly unlike most […]

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Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Hollywood, and The Movies

Funeral directors and the funeral industry have never came across real good in Hollywood.  The last funeral home related movie that I saw was “Bernie” based on the Cathage, Texas, funeral director Bernie Tiede – portrayed by Jack Black – who was convicted and sentenced for murdering a wealthy widow with whom he had an affair.  Black portrayed Tiede as a bumbling, but sincere, funeral director.  The portrayal of Tiede, which may have been correct for all I know, did […]

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Cremation Tattoos Becoming Popular

Diane Lange, the owner of Moonlight Tattoo in Ocean View, New Jersey has been tattooing for 35 years.  In the past six months, however, she has explained that the number of calls she is getting for cremation tattoos has been rapidly increasing. While we know that cremation rates have been increasing in the U.S., what many people don’t know is that some people take cremation and memorialization a step further and use the cremation ashes, or cremains, for body art. […]

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Are You Ready for ecoLation

Just when we are starting to get our hands around the idea of green burials and alkaline hydrolysis joining the traditional methods of earth burial and flame cremation as new concepts in the disposition of human remains along comes an article on what is termed as “ecoLation” to give us more to think about as the death care industry moves forward. An article in 27east.com touts a new process in the future of the death care industry whereby a human […]

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Learning from Down Under

An article entitled, “This is Australia’s Most Expensive City to Die in” caught my eye.  However, in reading the article which was published in Australia’s Startsat60.com the main point about the difference in city’s costs was not what intrigued me. The article points out that in Australia an average funeral with burial would cost about $7,430 ($5,907 US) and an average cremation with memorial service would cost about $6,900 ($ 5,485 US).  It also points out a that many services […]

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Cremation Jewelry — Is your firm marketing it?

As I’ve said before on these pages — I retired from full-time funeral directing about four years ago and continue as a part-time minority owner of the firm I was affiliated with for over 33 years.  A lot of things have changed over that time but – as many of you will agree – probably nothing as much as the means of disposition from earth burial to cremation.  And with that — there has become an opportunity to market to […]

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Japanese Native creates “Design Your Own” Urn Company

Chicagoan Michi Kustra had a great career with the global ad agency Leo Burnett in Chicago.  She was building a corporate resume by climbing up the ladder working in e-commerce as a senior level marketing and merchandising executive.  Clients of hers included Spiegel Catalog, retailer Herman Miller, and high end office furniture company Office Designs. Then, a friend of her’s husband was diagnosed with cancer and she found out he wanted to be cremated.  Kustra, who was born and raised […]

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Understanding Grieving Styles for Aftercare

I happened across a post by Alyssa McNab on the Homesteaders Life Company blog the other day that I found very interesting.  Ms. McNab had interviewed Dr. Jason Trayer of Mt. Hope Grief Services on the grief process including what he refers to as instrumental and intuitive grief. Dr. Trayer delves a little into the differences of each of those types, types that we sometimes refer to as grief from the “head” or grief from the “heart”.  He talks a […]