Memorial Day 2023 — May God Bless their memories

By Funeral Director Daily / May 29, 2023 /

    I bring you this Memorial Day thought and tell you that it is a slight reprise from an Easter message of thanks that Funeral Director Daily produced during the days of the pandemic lock down. . . . The crux of the message, with a little editing to bring it up to date,…

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Pandemic’s death benefit payments come to an end. . .average award about $6,275

By Funeral Director Daily / May 26, 2023 /

    President Donald Trump declared a nationwide pandemic public health emergency on January 31, 2020.  That public health emergency has now expired as of midnight on May 11, 2023. . . . a period of over three years in length.   I certainly don’t have to remind anyone who lived through it of the…

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Maybe the word is getting out. . .it’s honorable and rewarding

By Funeral Director Daily / May 25, 2023 /

    I served as a “front line” funeral director for over 33 years.  I did my share of night calls, prep room work, arrangements, and funeral duty.  One thing that I take from that experience is that “I always felt, by the way I worked with a client family, like I could make a…

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Will Illinois bill set a precedent for the future of cremation remains

By Funeral Director Daily / May 19, 2023 /

    A reader of Funeral Director Daily recently sent me information on Illinois HB 1367 that is a bill under consideration in the state legislature of Illinois that the bill’s author states in this radio interview will (allow for a) “concept of how cremated remains are handled in the future”.   According to this…

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Your employees and marijuana use

By Funeral Director Daily / May 18, 2023 /

      I recently read an article in the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Memorial Business Journal about what employers need to know about the increasing legalization of marijuana and how it will possibly affect employer/employee relations.     Back in 1990 the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed and put into effect…

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Burials on hold. . . . more problems at cemeteries

By Funeral Director Daily / May 12, 2023 /

    As we continue to see less and less full casket traditional burials at cemeteries, especially rural cemeteries, we have kept you apprised about some of the issues that these long-time, old-established cemeteries face.  Most of the time the issues are those of finances — such as not enough grave lot sales, interment sales,…

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How much government intervention is enough?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 10, 2023 /

    I think the last few years, especially in some of America’s largest urban centers, we’ve learned that the rule of law is essential in a democracy.  It’s imperative that we have laws and even business regulations so that all people play by the same set of rules.   However, sometimes it feels like…

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Public cemeteries can receive funding with unique Connecticut program

By Funeral Director Daily / April 21, 2023 /

    We’ve advised readers of the financial problems that small church and civic cemeteries have in today’s world of less earth burials.  Revenue is tougher to come by as cemetery grave lot purchase revenue is not received in a great proportion of today’s deaths.  That eventually leads to less money in perpetual care accounts.…

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Can new regulations bring new people into our fold?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 18, 2023 /

      A lot of professions are struggling with people joining their ranks.  And, from my point of view it seems to be that society is  lacking staffing in the categories that are highly “hands on” in human care. . . .which would include funeral directors and embalmers.   There are probably many reasons…

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It’s Good Friday. . . but Easter is coming

By Funeral Director Daily / April 7, 2023 /

    We are blessed to live in a country which allows for religious freedom.  And, when you work as a funeral director helping those who have lost loved ones to death, it’s a privilege to help even when those client families don’t believe as you do.   However, have you ever thought about those…

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