More on the U.S. Casket Industry

By Funeral Director Daily / December 21, 2017 /

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…

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The American Casket Market

By Funeral Director Daily / December 19, 2017 /

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…

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And Now. . . A Funeral Home Video Game

By Funeral Director Daily / November 1, 2017 /

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…

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Funeral Homes, Cemeteries, Hollywood, and The Movies

By Funeral Director Daily / September 27, 2017 /

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…

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Cremation Tattoos Becoming Popular

By Funeral Director Daily / September 6, 2017 /

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…

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Are You Ready for ecoLation

By Funeral Director Daily / August 4, 2017 /

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…

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Learning from Down Under

By Funeral Director Daily / July 26, 2017 /

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 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…

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Cremation Jewelry — Is your firm marketing it?

By Funeral Director Daily / June 27, 2017 /

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…

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Japanese Native creates “Design Your Own” Urn Company

By Funeral Director Daily / June 23, 2017 /

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.…

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Understanding Grieving Styles for Aftercare

By Funeral Director Daily / June 20, 2017 /

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…

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