Service Corporation Announces New Debt Arrangement

By Funeral Director Daily December 8, 2017

Service Corporation International (SCI), a funeral care public company and a component of the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI), on Tuesday announced a new debt arrangement moving forward.  The company announced that it has priced an underwritten public offering of $550 million Senior Notes due in 2027.  The notes have been priced at…

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Image Watch — Don’t Let this Happen to Your Firm

By Funeral Director Daily December 7, 2017

Funeral Director Daily recently received an article and video clip from a New Zealand source that captures via dashcam a New Zealand hearse driver going through an intersection.  While that is an every day occurrence anywhere in the world what makes this clip different is that the back door of the hearse flies open and…

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Park Lawn Corporation Makes Strategic Saskatchewan Purchase

By Funeral Director Daily December 7, 2017

Park Lawn Corporation announced last week that they had purchased Christie’s Funeral Home and Crematorium in Yorktown, Saskatchewan.  The announced purchase price was $1.96 million (Canadian).  You can read the press release here. The company announced that it was a strategic fit and will build upon their operations in Manitoba and Saskatchewan.  They also announced…

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Carriage Services Announces Long Island Acquisition

By Funeral Director Daily December 6, 2017

It was announced at the close of business yesterday that Carriage Services, a publicly traded death care industry consolidator, had acquired the five funeral homes under the ownership of the Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes on Long Island, New York.  According to Carriage Services CEO Mel Payne, “The partnership with Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Homes…

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These People are Serious About Digging Graves

By Funeral Director Daily December 6, 2017

What do you do if you live in a land where most people’s religious beliefs forbid cremation and the land that you live in is so small that it is running out of room for proper burials?  People in Israel are in the midst of confronting that situation and have already built cemetery towers –…

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BUSINESS

NYC’s Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home celebrating 125 Years

By Funeral Director Daily | June 12, 2024

  It was back in 1926 that 31-year old movie star Rudolph Valentino died in New York City.  The Frank E. Campbell Funeral Home was selected to serve the family and that funeral probably changed…

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These guys believe cash-flow is king. . . .

By Funeral Director Daily | June 10, 2024

    A recent episode of the podcast “Two Guys and a Question” brings up the topic “What happens when there is too much month at the end of the Money?”   Industry experts Danny…

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Tomorrow Funerals. . . . On to something?

By Funeral Director Daily | June 7, 2024

    “. . . . delivers a compassionate and thoughtful approach to saying goodbye to loved ones“.  That’s a quote from one of the testamonials that I discovered when I looked up Tomorrow Funerals…

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FINANCE

A Seeking Alpha opinion on the proposed Park Lawn sale

By Funeral Director Daily | June 14, 2024

  “The company’s attractive business model and growth potential made it appealing to private equity buyers.” . . That’s one of the three bullet point remarks about the proposed Park Lawn Corporation sale made at…

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Is Park Lawn Corporation now “In play”?

By Funeral Director Daily | June 11, 2024

    Last Monday, June 3, Park Lawn Corporation (PLC) made an announcement through this press release that they had an agreement to be acquired by Viridian Acquisition Inc., a company formed with assets of…

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Why Private Equity?

By Funeral Director Daily | June 10, 2024

  If you follow the Death Care financial markets, and even if you don’t but are involved in funeral service, it would have been hard for you to miss the number of “take-private” company movements…

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REGULATIONS

Finding the “Goldilocks” licensure solution

By Funeral Director Daily | May 31, 2024

    2023 and 2024 have brought up lots of discussion about licensure for morticians, funeral directors, embalmers, transport operators, cremation operators, and removal technicians in the Death Care profession.  Much of the discussion was…

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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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SCI settles California issue, looks forward to moving ahead with insurance funded preneed there

By Funeral Director Daily | May 16, 2024

    Earlier in May the Attorney General of the State of California issued a press release which you can read here announcing an agreement with Service Corporation International (SCI) over an eight-year dispute on…

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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

SCI settles California issue, looks forward to moving ahead with insurance funded preneed there

By Funeral Director Daily | May 16, 2024

    Earlier in May the Attorney General of the State of California issued a press release which you can read here announcing an agreement with Service Corporation International (SCI) over an eight-year dispute on…

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Banks report “Weaker loan demand”, Consumers pull back on credit: What does that mean for your funeral home?

By Funeral Director Daily | May 9, 2024

    During this week I read two articles and when I did I wondered how the subject of each might affect funeral homes and the funeral business going forward.  The articles included this one…

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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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PRODUCTS

With “Sunset app” you can now help your families settle estates and collect a commission for doing so

By Funeral Director Daily | June 13, 2024

    According to information that I have believed reliable not every death requires an estate attorney to settle an estate.  However, with every death in which there are assets left somebody has to find…

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Tomorrow Funerals. . . . On to something?

By Funeral Director Daily | June 7, 2024

    “. . . . delivers a compassionate and thoughtful approach to saying goodbye to loved ones“.  That’s a quote from one of the testamonials that I discovered when I looked up Tomorrow Funerals…

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Longevity for your funeral business: “Focus on the Experience”

By Funeral Director Daily | May 28, 2024

    Alan Wolfelt is one of the great death care eductors of this generation and when I get a chance to read his works I always learn something.  In the latest edition of NFDA’s…

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