No Mourners, No Ceremony, No Fuss

By Funeral Director Daily April 3, 2018

Church Times, a publication in Great Britain, came out with what I thought was a truly thought provoking article last week concerning the growing trend of direct cremation and what that means for the greater church going forward.  You can read the article here. In essence they talked about the change in society from what…

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StoneMor Press Release Tells of Delay for Form 10-K

By Funeral Director Daily April 2, 2018

StoneMor Partners issued a press release last week that it will not file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 by its due date of April 2, 2018.  They are seeking a waiver to extend the date by which the Form 10-K must be filed.  You can read…

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Park Lawn Corporation Reports Year End 2017

By Funeral Director Daily April 2, 2018

Park Lawn Corporation, the Toronto based funeral home and cemetery consolidator, released their 4th quarter and Year End 2017 results last week.  Andrew Clark, Chairman and CEO of the company stated in the release, “Overall the company continued to grow in 2017, while improving its margin profile.”  He continued, “Our goals for 2018 include increased…

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Happy Easter

By Funeral Director Daily March 30, 2018
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SCI, Archdiocese of New Orleans Announce Plans

By Funeral Director Daily March 29, 2018

It was announced this week that Service Corporation International and the Archdiocese of New Orleans will collaborate on a plan to build a funeral home and cemetery on land owned by the Archdiocese in New Orleans.  You can read the press release from Globe News Wire here. The combination unit, which will also have mausoleum…

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BUSINESS

Federal Trade Commission bans “Non-Compete” agreements

By Funeral Director Daily | April 25, 2024

    “This rule affects every segment of the American economy and in a simple 3-2 vote destroys billions of dollars in value that employers have spent in compensation for a covenant not to compete”. …

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Take Ring Ring Marketing for a Test Drive

By Funeral Director Daily | April 24, 2024

    When it comes to technology I am a confessed “Novice”.  And personally, with Social Media I am pretty quiet too. . . . or maybe my life is dull enough that none of…

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Are funerals “Negotiable”? This guy says so

By Funeral Director Daily | April 23, 2024

    So, you have to understand my sense of humor, but every once in a while I will be at a Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) such as Taco Bell or McDonalds and let’s say…

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FINANCE

Starmark acquires AMA Containers

By Funeral Director Daily | April 19, 2024

It was announced earlier this week that Starmark, a leading manufacturer of innovative funeral products, has acquired AMA Containers.  AMA was originally founded in 1991 as Airline Mortuary Associates.   Starmark, according to the press…

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Seeking Alpha has a recent opinion on Carriage Services

By Funeral Director Daily | April 17, 2024

    Every once in a while the writers at Seeking Alpha put out an article on one of the Death Care Index stocks — Carriage Services, Service Corporation International, Park Lawn Corporation, Security National…

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Security National Financial CEO on their Memorial Segment: “Growth. . .is our goal”

By Funeral Director Daily | April 11, 2024

  It took awhile, but Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) finally got around to posting the results of the company’s 2023 year just last week.  And, there is no doubt that SNFC’s Memorial Segment was…

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REGULATIONS

Federal Trade Commission bans “Non-Compete” agreements

By Funeral Director Daily | April 25, 2024

    “This rule affects every segment of the American economy and in a simple 3-2 vote destroys billions of dollars in value that employers have spent in compensation for a covenant not to compete”. …

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Dignity, care, and respect. . . bringing the fallen home

By Funeral Director Daily | April 15, 2024

    On Saturday night I was at a movie, came home and turned the television on to catch the news and learned of the missile bombardment of Israel that Iran took responsibility for.  Now,…

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Might the Baltimore Bridge collapse cause a “funeral tax” in Maryland?

By Funeral Director Daily | April 2, 2024

      A week ago today I woke up to the news of the collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore Harbor.  It wasn’t so long ago that I was in Baltimore…

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CEMETERY

County governments seem to have lots of problems, are human remains another one?

By Funeral Director Daily | April 22, 2024

      Funeral Director Daily recently learned through this article from Public Media for Central Pennyslvania that Centre County will be building a 160-unit columbarium in Zion, Pennsylvania, to house urns that have went…

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America’s military cemeteries face financial backlog for upkeep and improvements

By Funeral Director Daily | March 25, 2024

    Kansas United States Senator Jerry Moran recently testified at a United States Senate Veterans Affairs Committee meeting that “When mourning a death the last thing a grieving family needs is some bureaucratic hurdle…

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Looking outside the grave for cemetery revenue

By Funeral Director Daily | March 21, 2024

      Back almost three years ago in July 2021, Funeral Director Daily brought you this story of how a renewable energy company, Verogy, had put a 7,000 panel solar energy farm inside a…

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CREMATION

County governments seem to have lots of problems, are human remains another one?

By Funeral Director Daily | April 22, 2024

      Funeral Director Daily recently learned through this article from Public Media for Central Pennyslvania that Centre County will be building a 160-unit columbarium in Zion, Pennsylvania, to house urns that have went…

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Well intentioned rules and regulations need to be thought through, clarified

By Funeral Director Daily | March 20, 2024

    Well-intentioned rules and regulations are put into place by organizations.  Sometimes, however, like America has found out with the disastrous “de-fund the police” movement, the results are not what the organizers intended them…

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Permanent Memorialization: How long is “Permanent”?

By Funeral Director Daily | February 29, 2024

      How long is “Permanent”?  That is a question that has never been answered, but in many cases you will find out that “permanent” is not really “permanent”.   There is an interesting…

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PRENEED

Take Ring Ring Marketing for a Test Drive

By Funeral Director Daily | April 24, 2024

    When it comes to technology I am a confessed “Novice”.  And personally, with Social Media I am pretty quiet too. . . . or maybe my life is dull enough that none of…

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Cash is King. . . .make sure that you turn your services into cash

By Funeral Director Daily | April 9, 2024

    Last week Funeral Director Daily published this article titled “Know your customer — How’s their credit”.  That article delved into the American consumer credit profiles and why, before extending credit, you needed to…

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Know your customer — How’s their credit?

By Funeral Director Daily | April 3, 2024

    The American economy keeps spending, yet we hear that families are getting squeezed by the combination of high prices and high interest rates.  We also hear that high interest rates don’t seem to…

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PRODUCTS

County governments seem to have lots of problems, are human remains another one?

By Funeral Director Daily | April 22, 2024

      Funeral Director Daily recently learned through this article from Public Media for Central Pennyslvania that Centre County will be building a 160-unit columbarium in Zion, Pennsylvania, to house urns that have went…

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Starmark acquires AMA Containers

By Funeral Director Daily | April 19, 2024

It was announced earlier this week that Starmark, a leading manufacturer of innovative funeral products, has acquired AMA Containers.  AMA was originally founded in 1991 as Airline Mortuary Associates.   Starmark, according to the press…

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Empathy startup raises an additional $47 million

By Funeral Director Daily | April 16, 2024

      In the recent past I served as Board Chairman for a large Senior population health and living company for three years and as Chairman for a smaller home care and hospice company…

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