Business Regulations

The article from “D” Magazine

In writing Funeral Director Daily I take pride in keeping up with what is happening in the Death Care profession and industry.  And, even though the occupation and the choices it has for consumers faced with death of a loved one moves along at a fairly slow and methodical pace, there are changes to keep up with everyday. But sometimes things happening in the industry escape me for a time.  That’s why it was interesting for me to read this […]

Business Regulations

A historic tragedy where the funeral profession stepped up again

It was 85 years ago this past March when “funeral directors from across East Texas showed up. Dallas dispatched 25 doctors, 100 nurses, and 25 embalmers” to the small Texas oil boom community of New London.   After the tragedy and according to this article , “morticians embalmed more than 200 bodies in the Overton American Legion Hall over the next 18 hours”. I learned of the tragedy of the New London School quite by accident when I was researching the […]

Business Regulations

Memorial Day 2022. . . Remembering the “Candy Bomber”

Memorial Day where I grew up and continue to live, Alexandria, Minnesota, is the un-official start of the summer.  My community is surrounded by lakes and Summer is special. . . . all of the seasonal residents move to town and the community is also filled with tourists through Labor Day.  Golf and boating season are both here for their short, but sweet and appreciated, periods of time. For as long as I can remember I’ve kicked off Memorial Day […]

Business Cremation Regulations

The Heart of America

We are coming up on Memorial Day weekend.  For me it is always a time for reflection on the good that America has done over the years on the world stage and a time to honor and respect those that were willing to put their lives on the line for others.  That duty has always been that heart or fabric of what America is. However, there is another side of America that isn’t always respected or cared for and I […]

Business Regulations

Poverty level funerals. . . whose responsibility to pay

“Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted,” It is something that always seems to be around the nexus of free enterprise and government intervention or regulation when it comes to the death care services of those poverty level citizens of our communities.  The “It” is the debate about the value of what funeral directors provide and what the community coffers are willing to pay to properly care for their economically disadvantaged residents. The conflict is somewhat unique […]

Cemetery Regulations

Will tax revenue play a part in saving city and association cemeteries

We’ve written about the problem before in this forum.  “The problem” being the lack of revenue for historic city and association cemeteries since the country’s cremation rate increased to a majority of dispositions.   The increase in cremations has decreased cemetery sales in full body burial lots and interment fees. . . .as a matter of fact, many cemeteries are worried about being able to pay the upkeep bills just to keep the cemeteries open. In California, as you can see […]

Cremation Products Regulations

The Battle for Aquamation

There is a battle being waged over the human disposition method called “aquamation”, also known as alkaline hydrolysis or flameless cremation. But, most of us are just too busy or are comfortable with disposition in the form of earth burial or cremation to really notice it. I find it interesting in a world where everything seems to be “Green” that more people are not talking about aquamation.  According to this article from Time, “aquamation . . remains rare in the […]

Preneed Regulations

Regulation of Preneed apparently coming too late for some consumers

It would be safe to say that in Great Britain there has been a lot of discussion about the costs of death care among consumers and government alike.  While it has been going on for some time and there is no doubt that the Covid-19 pandemic and the rise of Direct Cremation with No Services (DCNS) has forwarded the discussion, suffice it to say that the discussion has been going on for some time. And, the discussion has led some […]

Business Cemetery Preneed Regulations

Ohio cemeteries, funeral homes spar over “trusting” requirement

Ohio Senate Bill 224 will make over a dozen changes to the state’s funeral and burial laws according to this article from  The bill will do such mundane things as increasing the price to reactivate a funeral director’s license and it will also establish a more formal process for families to collect money from funeral providers if a customer signed a pre-planned funeral contract, but the family never used that particular facility. One thing it won’t do, however, is […]

Products Regulations

Amazon movie in production based on the fall of Loewen Corporation

It’s been a long-time since the 1995 court case where a Mississippi funeral home owner sued Canadian public funeral home company The Loewen Group for $5 million for what the plaintiff described as a “breach of contract”.  The lawsuit led to a $500 million jury award in a Mississippi court and virtually put the Loewen Group out of business. The case had enough “Hollywood” in it to lead Amazon to begin filming in New Orleans this past month for a […]