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Necessity (or COVID-19) is the mother of inventions

The old saying is that “Necessity is the mother of inventions”.  I thought of that as I read a couple of articles in the last couple of days on how young entrepreneurs are working to make a name for themselves and build a business in the death care industry. There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic will change some of the things we do in funeral service and the ancillary professional services in cremation and the cemetery business permanently. […]

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Our colleagues and friends aiding the effort

One of the great things in being part of the funeral, cremation, cemetery, and its supply business is that, as you work in it over time, you realize that it is a pretty small professional world and you get to know lots of people and lots of companies in the realm.  Also, you realize that whatever “it” is, we always seem to be in “it” together. Finally, you realize that one of the commonalities in the business is the propensity […]

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Today’s information for funeral professionals

Again, during this COVID-19 pandemic we want to thank our readers for continuing to disseminate information that is helpful to the death care profession.  Here are a couple of items that we have for you today. Webinar: How to continue to serve client families remotely.  This webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, April 8 at 2 pm Eastern Time – 1 pm Central Time.  It is hosted by Corey Tullier, a licensed funeral director and key account representative at CRaKN.  Over […]

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Funeral Directors helping funeral directors

When a crisis comes upon you – you have a choice.  You can shudder in a corner or you can face it and do all you can to be part of the solution.  I believe that funeral professionals and funeral business suppliers are those that want to be part of the solution. In that vein we bring you this news video and article from KTAB Television in Abilene, Texas, about what pre-need funeral insurance and death care solutions company Funeral […]

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Hillrom leading the charge against COVID-19

On Friday, or maybe it was Saturday, I was watching President’s Trump daily briefing on the coronavirus pandemic and my ears picked up when I heard him him mention some of the companies that were leading the charge against the virus.  One of the companies he mentioned was Hillrom. If you have been around funeral service as long as I have you know that name and you know the history.  I thought today might be a good day for a […]

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Will this current challenge change funeral service

Unlike many of you who are a lot younger than I am, I no longer am responsible for working day after day and am no longer responsible for making the everyday decisions of businesses that I was in charge of in the past.  What that really means right now is that while I salute you for what you are doing in the workplace and for your community I am “sheltering in place” and basically watching the snow melt outside my […]

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Will “Death Photos” become part of your services

According to this article from the Minneapolis Tribune but syndicated by the New York Times, “when Louise Rafkin posted a photo of her mother on Facebook the night of her death at age 98 in September with her golden retriever at her side, it rattled some family members and friends.”  “The Facebook post was a way to announce the death,” Rafkin said. We’ve all heard about the “death photos” of the past when it might be at a funeral that […]

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FDD keeps growing. .requesting contributing articles

Thanks to our readers and a solid word of mouth presence in the death care profession, Funeral Director Daily continues to grow our readership.  As you can see from the chart below we continue to grow slow and sure among decision makers in the funeral, cemetery, and cremation world.  Thank you. We continue to show upward mobility in all categories including daily subscribers, Search Engine Optimization one time viewers, and total monthly views.  I continue to enjoy doing this as […]

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California Assembly gets human composting bill

In this article from the Los Angeles Times you can read about Assembly Bill 2592 (AB2592)  that was recently introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia.  AB2592 would, if passed and signed into law, allow for human composting in the state of California as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial or cremation. Human recomposition was passed into law in the state of Washington last year and will take effect on May 1.  It also has parties interested in its passage into law […]

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Census looking for U.S. Veteran workers

I receive a periodic e-mail update from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and in today’s update noticed an article about the United States Census looking to hire military veterans to work during the 2020 census.  I am passing this on simply because I know funeral directors in communities know their veteran populations.  Maybe our profession can help a few veterans who may need some work find it through this program. I have received this update over the years simply […]