Regulations

Cemetery Cremation Regulations

NFL’s Steelers not amused by end zone cremation scattering

If you have been a funeral director for any length of time a family member of a cremation disposition has approached you about their idea of scattering the cremated remains at a certain location.  Most of the time the question has been asked in relation to a public park, a church yard, a lake, or some other public location that held meaning and was prized by the decedent. Were you ever asked for your opinion of the scattering of the […]

Business Regulations

Challenges managing thru constant change

I’ve told you before that I get a lot of ideas for articles simply by seeing what is going on in “current events” and then trying to hypothesize how those current events will affect the death care industry.  I’m writing this column on Thursday, October 14, and during my workout this morning with the television on I saw a couple of statistics that reminded me how difficult it can be to manage a business through constant change.  . as compared […]

Business Regulations

“Big Funeral” and some thoughts on “Universal Death Care”

The funeral profession has long had its critics.  Those of us in the profession have to understand that and know that from time to time we are going to be broadsided by those critics’ calls for change. Recently this article entitled “How ‘Big Funeral’ made the afterlife so expensive” was published in Wired.  It’s a good, if not one-sided, article that starts off by saying this, “You can’t die these days because it’s too expensive“.  It goes on to say […]

Cemetery Regulations

Do we still “Do the Right Thing” simply to “Do the Right Thing”

I’ve been around the death care business for a long time and I’m certain that I didn’t always make the correct decision in the many hundreds of decisions that I had to make every month.  However, I can tell you that I always wanted to “Do the Right Thing.”  And, the times when I realized that it turned out that I didn’t do the right thing. . . always bothered me. Doing the right thing isn’t just tied to the […]

Preneed Regulations

This is the week

This is the week that Congress should act on the Biden Administration’s key piece of legislation, the $3.5 trillion “Human Infrastructure” bill.  Regardless of what happens or how you feel about that bill, I thought it would be interesting to look back on how death care has fared from the other two large social bills passed in American history — the New Deal and the Great Society. The New Deal was passed by Congress under the Franklin D. Roosevelt presidency […]

Products Regulations

Natural Organic Reduction now operating in Colorado

According to this article from U.S. News & World Report, the process of natural organic reduction or what is commonly referred by many consumers as “human composting” is now available in the state of Colorado.  Legalized by the state over a year ago with a September 7, 2021, legal start date, at least one death care facility, The Natural Funeral in Lafayette, Colorado is open for natural organic reduction business. Co-owner of The Natural Funeral, Seth Viddal, is quoted in […]

Business Regulations

Where have all the men gone?

I think we have all seen it, but have we ever looked at the statistics and questioned what has happened.  The “it” I’m talking about is women in the workplace over the years and the correlation of “Where have all the Men gone”? In the death care business we have seen the rise of the female funeral directors.  I attended mortuary college in the late 1970’s with one female in my class of about 50 students.  This year I attended […]

Business Regulations

The vaccine mandate. . . your business, your employees

“We have been patient.  But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost us all.”  According to this article from Yahoo Finance, those were the words of President Joe Biden when he announced last Thursday the upcoming Covid-19 vaccine mandates for American businesses. According to this article from Yahoo Finance, “a new Labor Department “emergency temporary standard” will require all companies with 100 employees or more to assure all workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus, or test unvaccinated […]

Cemetery Regulations

Arlington National planning to limit burials

Arlington National Cemetery, our nation’s national cemetery, is somewhat between a rock and a hard place as they plan the future of the cemetery.  I don’t think anybody disagrees with Karen Durham-Aguilera, the cemetery’s executive director when she states, “We want to be open.  We want to have that opportunity for that 5-year-old who’s going to raise their hand one day to serve this great nation. So to be able to do that, we need to plan for our future.” […]

Business Regulations

Cleaning off the desk. . . .items to ponder for the long weekend

America moves into the Labor Day weekend today which generally signals for our family that Summer is coming to an end and it is “Back to School” time.  For us that historically has meant boats off the lake and put into storage for the winter and our two sons heading back to school. Well, it’s been an unusual summer in that low water because of a Minnesota drought caused us to pull our boats off the lake early. . . […]