Another reminder that our work matters

By Funeral Director Daily / October 26, 2022 /

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…

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Back from Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / October 13, 2022 /

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…

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Funeral Director Daily is heading to Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / October 7, 2022 /

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…

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Don’t forget our “Sacred Duty”

By Funeral Director Daily / October 6, 2022 /

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 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…

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

By Funeral Director Daily / September 28, 2022 /

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…

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Newsom signs Human Composting bill, California becomes 5th state to legalize

By Funeral Director Daily / September 23, 2022 /

Earlier this week California Governor Gavin Newsom quietly signed a bill that now becomes law which includes disposition of the dead human body via “human composting”.  According to this article from KABC Television of Los Angeles supporters say it’s an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional end-of-life options. The law does not go into effect until 2027. …

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Mortuary school enrollment jumps 24% in 2021, even bigger jump expected this year

By Funeral Director Daily / September 19, 2022 /

One of the few positives to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic may be the way that funeral directors were perceived by the public.  There’s no doubt that during the pandemic funeral directors were seen as unselfish heroes in many communities for the way they handled the high number of deaths. And it may be,…

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The case for a free-market (funeral business) society

By Funeral Director Daily / September 12, 2022 /

Last week I saw an article about the Fast Food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act that has passed both houses of the California legislature and is awaiting a signature by Governor Gavin Newsome to make it a law.  Part of what that law would do is create a 10-person fast-food council with employee and…

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Thoughts about serving humanity in our profession

By Funeral Director Daily / September 7, 2022 /

If you have followed Funeral Director Daily for any length of time you know that I like to write articles about business.  Sometimes I know that I get a little “heavy” on the business articles.  However, I also try to put information on other subjects out there to keep a variety of topics at the…

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A killer among them

By Funeral Director Daily / July 8, 2022 /

Arlington National Cemetery is known as “hallowed ground”.  On May 13, 1864, the first burial of military personnel was completed there when Private William Christman was interred.  Just over a month later Arlington officially became a national cemetery on June 15, 1864, by order of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. In the 158 years since…

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