Kansas Funeral Home has New Owners

By Funeral Director Daily February 15, 2017

After operating the Brenneman Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Liberal, Kansas, for 17 years, Rick and Mellissa Brenneman sold the business to employee Mike Hornung and his wife Kelly effective January 31. Mike, who formerly worked with the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, graduated from Arapahoe Community College Mortuary Arts program and has worked at…

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Minnesota to Add Alkaline Hydrolysis

By Funeral Director Daily February 15, 2017

According to a recent article, Metro First Call of suburban Minneapolis is planning to install equipment later this year to become the first business in Minnesota to allow “Alkaline Hydrolysis” to other funeral homes. Among other names, Alkaline Hydrolysis is known as “Green Cremation” or “Flameless Cremation” because bodies are decomposed of by using water…

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Funeral Director’s Life Recognized

By Funeral Director Daily February 15, 2017

Funeral Director Life (FDLIC) of Abilene, Texas was recognized by FORTUNE Magazine and Great Place to Work as one the “Best Workplaces in Texas for 2017″. It was ranked #6 overall for the State of Texas. According to an company press release, employees expressed their appreciation for FDLIC’s unique culture and work environment. FDLIC was…

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SCI to spend $255 million on capexp and acquisitions during 2017

By Funeral Director Daily February 15, 2017

Here’s a summary of the remarks of the Service Corporation International Executive Team during the company’s fourth quarter 2016 earnings call.  You can access the entire transcript at Seeking Alpha. CEO Thomas Ryan on the growth in the company’s preneed revenue:   “We also continue to grow our funeral preneed backlog, hosting a 4% growth…

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Generational Equity Announces Sale of Weerts Funeral Home to SCI

By Funeral Director Daily February 15, 2017

DALLAS, Feb. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Generational Equity, a leading mergers and acquisitions advisor for privately held businesses, is pleased to announce the sale of its client, Weerts Funeral Home, Inc., headquartered in Davenport, IA, and Riverbend Cremation Service, LLC, in Bettendorf, IA, to Service Corporation International, headquartered in Houston, TX. The acquisition closed February 1,…

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BUSINESS

Who will be the “Disruptive Force” in Death Care?

By Funeral Director Daily | February 28, 2024

    About a month ago I read this article from Yahoo Finance titled, “Retail employees are working fewer hours.  Here’s why that is a risk to the economy”.  While the article was good and…

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San Antonio College opens “working mortuary” on campus

By Funeral Director Daily | February 27, 2024

    It’s obvious that today is becoming “College Day” at Funeral Director Daily.  Our first story was about the University of Minnesota and their progressive realistic mortuary education and this story is about San…

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Mortuary Education: It’s our future and needs to be relevant

By Funeral Director Daily | February 27, 2024

    In this recent article from the student operated  Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota) the Director of the Mortuary Science program Michael LuBrant says this, “Really, it’s a form of health care. It’s serving…

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FINANCE

Carriage Services CEO Carlos Quezada on 2023 Results: “. . instills confidence and excitement”

By Funeral Director Daily | March 1, 2024

  American funeral home and cemetery operator Carriage Services recently shared the results of their 4th Quarter and Year-End financials with the public.  In doing so, and in spite of a continuing COVID “pull forward”…

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Propel Funeral Partners makes New Zealand acquisition, raises $80 million

By Funeral Director Daily | February 23, 2024

    Last year the largest death care service provider in Australia and New Zealand, InvoCare, was taken private in a buy-out by private equity company TPG Global.  It appears that action has led to…

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Park Lawn Corp adds to Colorado holdings through acquisition

By Funeral Director Daily | February 22, 2024

    A press release dated Tuesday, February 20, 2024, announced that the Park Lawn Corporation had acquired two stand-alone funeral homes and a stand-alone cemetery in the state of Colorado.  You can read the…

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REGULATIONS

“The State Government has failed you”

By Funeral Director Daily | February 21, 2024

    The “State government has failed you” is the voice to Colorado consumers about the state’s funeral service issues even before the latest potential illegal situation was uncovered in Denver two weeks ago.  The…

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Here’s another issue that’s bound to grow over time

By Funeral Director Daily | February 14, 2024

    American’s attend church less and join churches less than in the past.  Some people believe that is one of many reasons that there seems to be less tradition with funeral services.   Now,…

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The practice of “Experimental Decedent Model” donations is increasing

By Funeral Director Daily | February 8, 2024

    Every funeral director has had that call from a non-profit life donation organization that the recently deceased Mr. Doe will be unable for removal for 24 hours or so while his organs are…

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CEMETERY

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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Building a new cemetery is not as easy as Row 1, Row 2, and Row 3 anymore

By Funeral Director Daily | December 29, 2023

  I’m old enough to remember that one of the earliest cries for increased cremation was that cemeteries will soon take up too much space in America.  A rebuttal to that thought back in the…

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PlotBox named to the Technology Fast 50 for 2023

By Funeral Director Daily | December 13, 2023

  Earlier this month deathtech solutions provider PlotBox announced that it ranked #27 in the 2023 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Awards.  The Fast 50 is a ranking of the growing technology companies in Ireland.  …

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CREMATION

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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Are you registered for CANA’s “Thinking Green” cremation symposium?

By Funeral Director Daily | January 8, 2024

  It is a only a little more than a month away. . . .are you ready to attend?  The “It” I’m referring to is the “Thinking Green” Cremation Symposium hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada,…

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Another crematory battle. . . this one is different

By Funeral Director Daily | January 4, 2024

Just a couple of days ago Funeral Director Daily brought you an article about a group or residents who live in a neighborhood where a crematory is being built.  As many times happens these days,…

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PRENEED

Who will be the “Disruptive Force” in Death Care?

By Funeral Director Daily | February 28, 2024

    About a month ago I read this article from Yahoo Finance titled, “Retail employees are working fewer hours.  Here’s why that is a risk to the economy”.  While the article was good and…

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Can Preneed lead funeral homes forward

By Funeral Director Daily | January 16, 2024

If you operate or work at a funeral home you know that there is a lot of change going on. . . . .Let’s see, there is less church membership leading to less church services. …

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Preneed Update: Wellabe goes to Michigan, Homesteaders raises growth rates, FDLIC podcast reflects on lessons learned

By Funeral Director Daily | January 3, 2024

It was only a couple of short months ago that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed a new bill into law which allowed for less regulation in the preneed insurance business in that state.  Proponents had…

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PRODUCTS

Who will be the “Disruptive Force” in Death Care?

By Funeral Director Daily | February 28, 2024

    About a month ago I read this article from Yahoo Finance titled, “Retail employees are working fewer hours.  Here’s why that is a risk to the economy”.  While the article was good and…

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Mortuary Education: It’s our future and needs to be relevant

By Funeral Director Daily | February 27, 2024

    In this recent article from the student operated  Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota) the Director of the Mortuary Science program Michael LuBrant says this, “Really, it’s a form of health care. It’s serving…

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A glimpse into the world of Natural Organic Reduction at Recompose

By Funeral Director Daily | February 20, 2024

    Today, I’m going to spare you my writing and editorial viewpoints and just bring you a 6-minute news video put out by Cascade Public Broadcasting.  It’s an excellent story on the growing trend…

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