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Winter at the Cemetery

As you may know I have lived my entire life in Minnesota. . . and this past weekend winter arrived.  We had a little brush with snow and then our first Zero degree day was Saturday.  It made me think of my working years with committal services out at the cemetery following a church service and before a reception. My friends who live south of the Mason Dixon line and subscribe to this blog probably don’t have those “wonderful” experiences.  […]

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Online price lists are showing up

Earlier this week I was informed by a Funeral Director Daily reader that online price lists have started to appear on the websites of Service Corporation International (SCI) funeral homes.  Just to be clear, I’m not sure that this is news or not — because I’ve never taken the time to check out individual SCI funeral homes to see if they had price lists or not. However, the comment that I received from a reader was this, “Did you know […]

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The 11th Month, the 11th Day, the 11th Hour. . . . Honor it

November 11th brings back memories in many countries.  It’s not just Veteran’s Day in America. . . it is a day of remembrance all over Europe.  Originally referred to as Armistice Day (Armistice, in Latin, means to “stand arms”).  It was at 11 am on November 11 (11/11) in 1918 that an agreement was reached to end the fighting in World War 1 as a prelude to a treaty (The Treaty of Versailles 1919) being signed. So, it has become […]

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Will Vermont lead a funeral director employee comeback?

We’ve all talked about it and see it out in the profession — a lack of trained and licensed funeral directors to combat the coming years when America faces a wave of Baby Boomer deaths.  Without the influx of new professionals, many funeral homes will be understaffed which can lead to a vicious cycle of people leaving the profession for a variety of reasons, which in turn, causes less professionals available to do the death care work. . . . […]

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Federal Trade Commission apparently set to revise “Funeral Rule”

I’ve worked almost my entire career under the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Funeral Rule”.  The rule, for all practical purposes, required me to introduce “price” into the conversation whenever someone either called the funeral home or walked into the funeral home and asked about funeral, cremation, or memorial services.  It also required me to hand out itemized “price lists” in a format as prescribed by the FTC. Originally, the FTC came to the “Funeral Rule” because it perceived, possibly correctly, […]

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Another reminder that our work matters

I attended a somber event last Sunday that at least in part reminded me, among other things, that funerals and memorial services matter to people.  And, they are one of the events in a person’s life that can rekindle passionate memories. Last Sunday I attended the church service at tiny East Moe Lutheran Church in rural Garfield, Minnesota. . .  a rural farm community about 8 miles from where I live. It is an area of gravel roads and farm […]

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Back from Baltimore

I’m penning this article on Wednesday, one day before it is published while I have the memories of the National Funeral Directors Association International Expo fresh in my memory.  I spent Saturday through Tuesday afternoon at the convention in Baltimore, Maryland, leaving Tuesday evening and arriving home late on that same evening. In today’s edition I just want to touch on my first impressions and in subsequent articles over the next week or so I’ll comment more on what I […]

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Funeral Director Daily is heading to Baltimore

It’s been a long time since I’ve attended a National Funeral Directors Association national convention.  But, tomorrow I’m heading off to Baltimore, Maryland, for the 2022 edition of the NFDA convention. I did not attend the NFDA Annual Convention during my funeral directing years very often.  I’ve always enjoyed the ones that I’ve went to but in my funeral directing and funeral home owner/manager days I always considered myself too busy with my local work to attend. Now, however, as […]

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Don’t forget our “Sacred Duty”

Last week a jury in Maine deliberated and found a verdict against a Lewistown, Maine, funeral home and its owner.  Here’s what the website CentralMaine.com said of the deliberations,   “A jury awarded Marielle Bischoff-Wurstle, 34, of Falmouth, $5.5 million Friday as compensation for significant emotional damage suffered because her father’s body was left to decompose for weeks in the basement of the funeral home last year.”  According to the same publication, which you can read here, the verdict damages awarded […]

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The only thing harder to find in Malibu than a hotel room is a grave. . .

Malibu, California was incorporated into a city in 1991 and that led to a moratorium on new development that included, among other things, hotels.  So, Malibu has famously become known as a very tough place to get a hotel room. Back in 2015, however, a group known as Green Acres, LLC, began a push to put a cemetery on a 27.8 acre site that was once proposed for a hotel.  Recently that group has again been in the news, as […]