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The 11th Month, the 11th Day, the 11th Hour. . . . Honor it

November 11th brings back memories in many countries.  It’s not just Veteran’s Day in America. . . it is a day of remembrance all over Europe.  Originally referred to as Armistice Day (Armistice, in Latin, means to “stand arms”).  It was at 11 am on November 11 (11/11) in 1918 that an agreement was reached to end the fighting in World War 1 as a prelude to a treaty (The Treaty of Versailles 1919) being signed. So, it has become […]

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SCI sees “more mortality” than expected. . .What’s behind it?. . .I don’t think this will surprise you

Because I report on them, and partly because I just like learning what is happening, I generally read the “Earnings Call Transcripts” that take place every quarter between the public company death care executives and the financial brokers that cover their companies.  If you’ve never read these they end up being a “give and take” of questions and answers about how the specific company is performing and what they see with their business moving forward.  It gives those who earn […]

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Back from Baltimore

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 I just want to touch on my first impressions and in subsequent articles over the next week or so I’ll comment more on what I […]

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Don’t forget our “Sacred Duty”

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 CentralMaine.com 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 for weeks in the basement of the funeral home last year.”  According to the same publication, which you can read here, the verdict damages awarded […]

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Thoughts about serving humanity in our profession

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 forefront. Today is one of those days when I am reminded of the “humanity of the profession”.  You see, on Tuesday morning, I checked into […]

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Happy Thanksgiving. . . .a day of Gratitude

Maybe it is just because I’m getting older. . . maybe its because as I get older I see younger and younger people stepping forward to do some of the things I used to do. . . . maybe it is because as you get older you recognize that as much as you may have accomplished there have been people along the way that have been there to mentor and guide you. . . . Regardless of why. . . […]

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What about Closure?

It’s Friday.  How about we take a couple of minutes to think about how death, dying, grief, and funerals deal with what is always termed as “Closure”.  Are you aware of how often we use the term?  What does it mean?  Do our client families desire this? I bring up the subject because this past Monday was November 1 — “All Saints’ Day.  In my Lutheran church we celebrate all who have died before us on the Sunday following All […]

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President Trump — brother’s funeral held at the White House

  Last week I came across this article from USA Today and I also saw news reports about President Trump’s brother, Robert Trump, who had died and his funeral services were held at the White House.  The article mentions that White House funerals are rare. It seems that when dignitaries die and there is a wake or visitation of State proportions, the body lies in state in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, not the White House. Just reading that White House […]

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Weekend edition: Kenya mortician, Idaho’s first Veterans’ Cemetery, the oldest cremation, and more

Another summer week has passed here in Minnesota and I’m already starting to think about not playing golf and just getting out to the fish house on a frozen lake.  Well, while I ponder that unwelcome turn of events to come, I will give you some great articles to read and ponder on over the weekend. First of all, we will tell you about Eva Ngima, a female mortician in Kenya who “who works to restore honor to the dead […]

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Afternoon edition: News you can use. . . NFDA election and more

In this press release from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) we learned that Chris E. Christian and Beatrice “Bea” Lewanduski were elected to serve two-year terms on the NFDA Board of Directors.  According to the press release Christian is the co-owner of Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville, Tennessee.  The release also states that Lewanduski has been a funeral director for 43 years and currently serves as manager of D’Andrea Brothers Funeral Home in Copiague, New York. Our afternoon edition […]