Public consumer funeral operating companies show stock price growth in first-half of 2024

By Funeral Director Daily July 2, 2024

    The Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) which consists of five stocks that deal in Death Care in some way continued to move lower in the 2nd Quarter of 2024 which ended last Friday.  As a matter of fact, the only stock in the DCI that moved forward in the 2nd Quarter…

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Politics, political correctness, and your funeral home

By Funeral Director Daily July 1, 2024

    It was almost impossible last week to live in the United States and not know or hear about the Presidential Debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.  Even if you didn’t want to know it was happening, you knew anyway because it dominated the news and announcements on almost every…

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Lots of competition. . .lots of opportunity

By Funeral Director Daily June 28, 2024

    I received the July 2024 edition of The Director and read many of the articles.  One that interested me was authored by Curtis Rostad and was titled “Prices vs. The Internet”.  I enjoyed the entire article and think the author makes a great point, but what really captivated me was his perception that almost…

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Homesteaders Life partners with Gather’s case management platform

By Funeral Director Daily June 27, 2024

    Homesteaders Life Insurance Company of Iowa has been in the news a lot lately.  The preneed company that issued its first policy for final expenses in 1906 most recently announced in this press release that they have formed a partnership with Gather’s case management platform.   According to the press release,  “The new…

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Podcast points out importance of “Focus” in building your brand

By Funeral Director Daily June 26, 2024

    Only a few years ago Dan Garrett of the United Kingdom founded the will writing company Farewill in that country.  He estimates that his company has moved, via estates, a wealth transfer of more than 100 billion pounds of assets.  He’s moved on to also start a firm in Direct Cremation with “Farewill…

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BUSINESS

A roadblock in Delaware

By Funeral Director Daily | July 12, 2024

    All states have some type of restriction on who can fill in and file death certificates online.  And, in most states, that responsibility lies many times with licensed funeral directors and morticians.  This…

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Family-run firms expand in Indiana and Wales . . and “Have it All”

By Funeral Director Daily | July 11, 2024

  For the past three days Funeral Director Daily has ran feature articles that deal with the major public companies in our profession — Matthews International, Service Corporation International, and Carriage Services.  While lots of…

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Matthews International, EV automaker Tesla at odds over lawsuit

By Funeral Director Daily | July 8, 2024

    Matthews International is a company that according to this rating action from Fitch, collects 45% of its revenue from its Memorialization Segment and also brings home approximately 60% of its EBITDA from that…

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FINANCE

Will Carriage Services be next?

By Funeral Director Daily | July 10, 2024

    It’s been less than a month since a partnership of Homesteaders Life and private equity firm Birch Hill Partners announced their intention to acquire 100% of public funeral home and cemetery operator Park…

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Global Atlantic, SCI form preneed partnership

By Funeral Director Daily | July 9, 2024

    It was announced in this press release yesterday from Global Atlantic Financial Group (Global Atlantic) that the company had formed a partnership with the largest provider of funeral, cemetery, and cremation services in…

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Matthews International, EV automaker Tesla at odds over lawsuit

By Funeral Director Daily | July 8, 2024

    Matthews International is a company that according to this rating action from Fitch, collects 45% of its revenue from its Memorialization Segment and also brings home approximately 60% of its EBITDA from that…

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REGULATIONS

A roadblock in Delaware

By Funeral Director Daily | July 12, 2024

    All states have some type of restriction on who can fill in and file death certificates online.  And, in most states, that responsibility lies many times with licensed funeral directors and morticians.  This…

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The story of the “Last Signer” of the Declaration of Independence

By Funeral Director Daily | July 4, 2024

  A rallying cry for colonists in pre-independent America was “No taxes without representation”.  That basically referred to the act of taxing the colonies through British laws where colonists had no say, or vote, in…

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Funeral directors need to promote “Funeral Celebrants”

By Funeral Director Daily | June 20, 2024

    It is my opinion that the lack of people to preside over ceremonies for the dead may in the future have a limiting effect on the number of ceremonies that are held. .…

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CEMETERY

Musgrove’s announce plan for new “Court of Honor”

By Funeral Director Daily | May 24, 2024

    We are just a weekend away from honoring our veterans with Memorial Day celebrations across the country.  In word we received last month we learned that Musgrove Family Mortuaries and Cemeteries was getting…

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Lots of issues. . . and opportunities in the cemetery business

By Funeral Director Daily | May 21, 2024

      When I think of the cemetery in my little community in Minnesota.  I’m guessing, like a lot of other communities that grew up in the American “Land Rush”, the city cemetery came…

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Here’s a unique way to blend land preservation with urn burials

By Funeral Director Daily | May 17, 2024

    Funeral directing company  A.W. Lymn of Nottinghamshire, Great Britain, has been giving the green light to construct an ancient style facility for the disposition of cremated human remains.  As this article maintains, “they…

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CREMATION

Hydrogen energy being tested to potentially “green up” cremation

By Funeral Director Daily | June 6, 2024

    In what is what we believe to be a first around the world, the Worthing Crematorium in southern Great Britain has become the first to have one of its cremation chambers switch to…

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Is “Service” more important than “Convenience and Price”?

By Funeral Director Daily | May 22, 2024

      Is “Service” more important than “Convenience and Price”?  That’s an interesting question that some businesses are asking themselves today. . . . .and the answer is “It Depends”.   Just over the…

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Here’s a unique way to blend land preservation with urn burials

By Funeral Director Daily | May 17, 2024

    Funeral directing company  A.W. Lymn of Nottinghamshire, Great Britain, has been giving the green light to construct an ancient style facility for the disposition of cremated human remains.  As this article maintains, “they…

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PRENEED

Will Carriage Services be next?

By Funeral Director Daily | July 10, 2024

    It’s been less than a month since a partnership of Homesteaders Life and private equity firm Birch Hill Partners announced their intention to acquire 100% of public funeral home and cemetery operator Park…

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Global Atlantic, SCI form preneed partnership

By Funeral Director Daily | July 9, 2024

    It was announced in this press release yesterday from Global Atlantic Financial Group (Global Atlantic) that the company had formed a partnership with the largest provider of funeral, cemetery, and cremation services in…

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Homesteaders Life partners with Gather’s case management platform

By Funeral Director Daily | June 27, 2024

    Homesteaders Life Insurance Company of Iowa has been in the news a lot lately.  The preneed company that issued its first policy for final expenses in 1906 most recently announced in this press…

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PRODUCTS

Global Atlantic, SCI form preneed partnership

By Funeral Director Daily | July 9, 2024

    It was announced in this press release yesterday from Global Atlantic Financial Group (Global Atlantic) that the company had formed a partnership with the largest provider of funeral, cemetery, and cremation services in…

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Podcast points out importance of “Focus” in building your brand

By Funeral Director Daily | June 26, 2024

    Only a few years ago Dan Garrett of the United Kingdom founded the will writing company Farewill in that country.  He estimates that his company has moved, via estates, a wealth transfer of…

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ChurchFunerals Direct announces partnership with OARBC

By Funeral Director Daily | June 25, 2024

Earlier this month ChurchFunerals Direct, an Ohio-based funeral services provider made this announcement that they had formed a partnership with the Ohio Association of Regular Baptist Churches (OARBC).  According to the announcement, ChurchFunerals Direct is…

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