2016 Flooding Causes New Burial Rules

By Funeral Director Daily / April 4, 2017 /

Burial in Louisiana is just different from what we have in Minnesota.  In Minnesota where it is joked that we have two seasons, Winter and Road Construction, we do have issues digging through the almost permafrost in our winter months.  But after seeing the following article, I guess a little cold weather is okay considering…

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“Fascinated” Student Becomes Embalmer

By Funeral Director Daily / March 28, 2017 /

I recently ran across an article from the Straits Times of Singapore featuring the young life history of Mr. Shane Teo who is an embalming apprentice with one of the largest companies in Singapore, Ang Chin Moh. In reading the article, and I don’t pretend to know a great deal of the culture in Singapore,…

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Crematory Reported to Authorities for Fumes and Smoke

By Funeral Director Daily / March 16, 2017 /

A Charlottesville, Virginia resident has complained to local and state authorities about the residue that comes out of the stack at the Hill and Wood Funeral Service Crematory on Stewart Street. According to a report from NBC 29, resident Renee Leake filed a complaint with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality concerning smoke and fumes…

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Survey Shows SCI Firms Charge More

By Funeral Director Daily / March 8, 2017 /

According to CBS article a recent survey by the Funeral Consumer Alliance and Consumer Federation of America shows that funeral and cremation pricing at establishments owned by funeral giant Service Corporation International are, in general, higher than independently owned funeral establishments. It seems to us at Funeral Director Daily that we seem to see news…

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Funeral Home Zoning Hearing Set

By Funeral Director Daily / March 2, 2017 /

An interesting legal battle is taking shape in Port St. Joe, Florida, where Casey Whatley has received preliminary permission to open a funeral home in a building that has been vacant since 2008 and once had been operated as a Whatley Funeral Home. The plaintiffs contend that a license for operation had not been issued…

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Muslim Cemetery moving forward in North Texas

By Funeral Director Daily / March 1, 2017 /

A release from the Associated Press announced that the community of Farmersville, Texas, some 35 miles northeast of Dallas and a community of 3500 residents is square in the cross-hairs of America’s issue with the Muslim religion. On Monday night a group led by Shamsur Rahman moved a step closer to getting permission from the…

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Kansas City Cemetery goes on National Historic Register

By Funeral Director Daily / February 27, 2017 /

Federal officials have awarded the designation of National Historical Landmark to the Wyandotte National Burial Ground in downtown Kansas City, Kansas. An estimated number up to about 600 of the Wyandotte Native Americans are buried there. Graves date back to 1843. Among the number buried there are Eliza Burton Conley, who in 1910 became the…

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Pennsylvania Funeral Home Operates Without License

By Funeral Director Daily / February 24, 2017 /

The Pennsylvania Board of Funeral Directors has levied a fine on a state funeral establishment which has been operating a foul of state regulations for over six years. According to an article in the Delaware County Daily Times, the Catherine B. Laws Funeral Home in Chester has been without a funeral establishment license and without…

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Minnesota considers removing viewing casket and cremation urn tax

By Funeral Director Daily / February 14, 2017 /

“I think it would be great to eliminate this tax.  For people, at the end of life, to have further tax put upon them seems to be too much for people who already spend their whole life being taxed”  Funeral Director John Kohl of Parker Kohl funeral home as quoted in reports that…

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Who must comply with the FCC Funeral rule

By Funeral Director Daily / February 8, 2017 /

The FTC Funeral Rule went into effect April 30, 1934.  The rule was revised in early 1994. Who must comply with the rule? All “funeral providers” must comply with the Rule. You are a funeral provider if you sell or offer to sell both funeral goods and funeral services to the public. Funeral goods are…

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