Afternoon Edition

Heading into the weekend . . . .

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It’s Friday and we are heading into the weekend preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.  With all of the death care companies reporting earnings reports in the last couple of weeks and our coverage of those we have a few articles that we feel our readers should have access to, yet we are not able to feature them in individual articles.

So, here are some links that you can check out on your own this weekend. . . . .and they bring news of a Foundation Partner’s Group acquisition in California, a tweet from President Trump to un-cancel the annual Wreaths Across America tradition at Arlington National Cemetery, and some obituaries getting pre-mature coverage due to a snafu in France. . . .

Foundation Partners Group acquisition:

Foundation Partners Group announced earlier that they had acquired five death care properties in Chico, California from the Brusie family.  The acquisition includes Brusie Funeral Home, Bidwell Chapel, Affordable Mortuary, Chico Cemetery Association, and Glen Oaks Memorial Park.

Bob Bukala, President and CEO of Foundation Partners Group was quoted, This acquisition represents our first operations north of San Francisco with five well-established brands providing an excellent platform from which to grow.”

Here is a press release on the acquisition.

Here is the website for Brusie Funeral Homes.



Arlington Cemetery reverses cancellation of Wreaths Across America:

In an article that you can read here, from United Press International, it is announced that “the annual Wreaths Across America event will take place at Arlington National Cemetery, a day after the event was canceled.”

Arlington National Cemetery “said it was directed by the secretary of the Army to safely host the event after officials on Monday moved to cancel the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The UPI article also states that President Trump ordered the event to go on with this tweet, “I have reversed the ridiculous decision to cancel Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery.  It will go on.”

Here is the website for Wreaths Across America.


French radio station mistakenly publishes obituaries of celebrities:

If you read the online information provided by Radio France Internationale (RFI) on Monday, you would have read of the deaths of Queen Elizabeth, soccer star Pele, former President Jimmy Carter, and actor Clint Eastwood, just to name a few.

It turns out that a technology glitch at the company allowed readers, for a brief time, to read a group of pre-written obituaries meant to be ready to go at a moment’s notice for when one of these celebrities passes away.

Obituaries were incomplete as to dates of death and other information that can not be possibly known at this time, such as where the celebrity died at, however, it did give readers insight into how some of these people will be perceived upon reading of their obituaries at the time of their death.

According to this article, about 100 obituaries of still living people were included in this mistake.


Funeral Directors Life encourages companies to create “pandemic policies”:

According to this press release from Funeral Directors Life, “Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid-March, Abilene, Texas-based Funeral Directors Life (FD) has focused on providing a safe and healthy workplace for all employees. At the core of the company’s strategy is the active involvement of a Business Continuity Team (BCT).”

One of the first achievements of the Business Continuity Team at FD was the creation of a pandemic policy to outline their response to the outbreak.

As a service to other businesses, Funeral Directors Life will provide their pandemic policy to others who wish to create their own plan. Simply send your request to



Webinar:  Suicide Bereavement in Farm Country:

The Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center has scheduled a webinar entitled “Suicide Bereavement in Farm Country”.  The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1.  CEU’s will be available for those interested and there is no charge.

According to information on the event that you can access here, “Farmers and other rural residents have a higher likelihood of dying by suicide than people in urban communities.  In the country news travels fast and personal connections can span communities and generations.  How does one affected by suicide cope with this loss?  How do we talk about suicide?  What resources are available to help those in bereavement?”

Australia’s InvoCare names new CEO:

Funeral operator Invocare has chosen former Wesfarmers and Ramsay Health Care executive Olivier Chretien as its new CEO.

Outgoing chief executive Martin Earp had indicated he would not be looking to renew his contract in 2021, leading to a search for a replacement.

Chief operating officer Damien MacRae was considered for the role but Chretien won the job because of his “demonstrable experience in various senior leadership roles within large ASX companies”.

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