This reminds me of the funerals that I used to see

By Funeral Director Daily / March 21, 2023 /

      This article that was first published in the Los Angeles Times begins “It was standing-room only in the cavernous Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, where the funeral Mass for Bishop David G. O’Connell was held Friday morning. And it seemed every one of the 3,000 mourners in attendance had a…

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Banking and Death Care

By Funeral Director Daily / March 20, 2023 /

    The last ten days or so most of America, and the rest of the civilized world, has wondered about the safety of the banking industry.  As this is being written on Friday, March 17, we’ve already seen American banks Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) and Signature Bank closed by regulators and have seen some…

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What’s with “Excess Deaths”?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 24, 2023 /

    This is one of those articles that I will write that probably has no answers.  It only brings up questions.  That question today is “What’s with Excess Deaths”?   When the pandemic hit and deaths increased for almost all funeral homes across the world, one of the questions asked was “With these extra…

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The Green Funeral. . . a contrarian view?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 20, 2023 /

    The Washington Post recently printed this article which in part said, “. . . .a distinct shift is underway in how we approach death. More than half of Americans are seeking greener funerals, according to the National Funeral Directors Association, and the percentage is rising. The funeral industry is responding: You can now be entombed in a…

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More Jewish families opting for cremation

By Funeral Director Daily / January 19, 2023 /

  I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m certainly not an expert on the subject of faith preference and burial customs because the community that I served was, I’m guessing, at least 95% Christian of those that practiced faith.   However, I know some of the history since as before Vatican II in…

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Children survivors: 12 year-old leads rally for “Bereavement classes” to be taught in public schools

By Funeral Director Daily / January 17, 2023 /

  My younger brother, Jim, and I learned about the death of a parent the hard way.  I was a 19 year-old Freshman in college and he was a 15 year-old Sophomore in high school when our father died of a sudden heart attack while servicing a funeral.   Immy Leith learned the hard way,…

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Body brokers sentenced to prison

By Funeral Director Daily / January 12, 2023 /

  “This is the most emotionally draining case I have ever experienced on the bench,” U.S. District Judge Christine M. Arguello said during Tuesday’s (January 3, 2023) sentencing hearing in Grand Junction, Colorado.  That was the comment, according to this article from Reuters, by the presiding judge at the sentencing hearing of body parts brokers…

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Federal Trade Commission seeks to ban (most) non-compete agreements

By Funeral Director Daily / January 10, 2023 /

  The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a notice last week, that you can read here, that announced that they are contemplating banning almost all non-compete agreements that are not a part of an agreement between buying and selling companies.  Since non-compete agreements have been a part of the employer/employee relationship in funeral homes this…

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New York state approves human composting

By Funeral Director Daily / January 5, 2023 /

  One of the things that happened at the end of 2022 is that New York Governor Kathy Hochul signed a bill into law that permits the State of New York to add Natural Organic Reduction (NOR), sometimes referred to as “human composting”, to the list of legal human remains dispositions.  According to this article…

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EPA continues risk assessment on formaldehyde, NFDA works to support funeral profession

By Funeral Director Daily / January 4, 2023 /

  It’s inevitable that regulations by government agencies are necessary in a civilized society.  Sometimes, however, when you own and operate a business it seems like you don’t want to take a step in any direction simply because you think that step may be against some type of regulation.  At least, that’s the way that…

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