Tag: alkaline hydrolysis

Business Cremation

The Cost of Cremation

Earlier this week I came across this article on how the State of Hawaii is now poised to become the 22nd state of the United States that will legalize alkaline hydrolysis.  I’ve said before that even though it has been since 2003 that the first state in the country legalized alkaline hydrolysis — that’s almost two decades ago — I believe that the process has been proven and many of the rest of the fifty states will soon follow suit […]

Products

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

I’ve said in this forum, while Natural Organic Reduction (what some call human composting) is not for me. . .  as an entrepreneur I’m somewhat in awe of how Katrina Spade moved the idea for human disposition from idea to a legal process of disposition.  Spade not only had to prove that the concept worked but she had to go to a legislature and convince them that the process would be a choice that should be presented to consumers for […]

Business Regulations

New Hampshire “Sustainable Funeral” group working to change state’s embalming law

If you follow the trends in death care you will notice that not only increased cremation continues to happen, but so does interest in alkaline hydrolysis, recomposition, and other “green burial” practices.  According to this article, in New Hampshire 18-year old Anya Nicoll and state legislator Jerry Knirk are working towards changing a 1971 state statute that they believe hinders sustainability in funerals, specifically “Green Funerals” which generally preclude embalming of the deceased. Here is the statute in question: 325:40-a […]

Cremation Products

Desmond Tutu, alkaline hydrolysis, and the power of celebrity endorsement

It’s not every day that something that happens with a funeral gets publicity around the world.  However, like in other events in the history of the world, there are points that you can look back on in retrospect and say that they could have been turning points in society mores. As I’ve been searching for Funeral Director Daily articles in the past week I’ve been amazed at the number of articles around the world that have dealt with the death […]

Business Finance

Is this the start of the M & A train we were told is coming down the tracks?

A high number of Baby Boomers in ownership roles, the un-planned last two years of Covid-related operations, the thought of an increase in capital gains taxes. . . . . .those are all valid reasons that have many owners of funeral homes thinking of getting out of the ownership realm..  At the beginning of 2021 it was predicted that those issues, among others, could quite possibly lead to a large volume of funeral homes changing hands in the 2021 calendar […]

Business Products

“Greening” the traditional death care options

You can’t get away from it anywhere.  There is a lot of talk on the national political stages about “Green Energy” and the environmental movement.  In the death care world we have been hearing that recomposition (the art of human composting) and alkaline hydrolysis (known by some as “cremation by water”) are going to be the ways our industry helps out in this movement. While we are thinking about our solutions here, there are some in Great Britain who are […]

Finance

Foundation Partners enters Las Vegas market

It was announced in this press release that Foundation Partners Group, the Orlando, Florida, based funeral home and cemetery consolidator and operator, has acquired Kraft Sussman Funeral & Cremation Services of Las Vegas, Nevada.  The press release notes that this is Foundation Partners Group’s (FPG) first acquisition in Nevada. . . .the state with America’s highest cremation percentage rate. Tom Kominsky, CFO of Foundation Partners Group, said this of the acquisition, “Kraft Sussman is ahead of the curve in a […]

Business Cremation Products

Craft beers and Green funerals

I read this article entitled “Everyone dies, so why not go out as a tree?” from Denverite magazine.  I even smile as I write this but it made me think of craft beer. I’m not alcohol free.  I had of my share of beer. . . especially in my twenties.  Today, however, I’m more for sipping a glass of a nice cabernet or merlot than any beer.  However, as I read the article which is about alkaline hydrolysis, sometimes referred […]

Afternoon Edition

“Get to Know Them”: Nicki Mikolai

Today’s Funeral Director Daily “Get to Know Them” feature introduces our readers to Nicki Mikolai.  Nicki graduated from my alma mater – the University of Minnesota – and has performed an extensive array of work in the death care profession.  She is a licensed funeral director and had worked for the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank training funeral directors to help with restoring to others the gift of sight. I got to know Nicki when she became a sales representative for […]

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News from around the world of Death Care

In today’s afternoon snapshot we have lots of news from around the world.  In the United States, among other stories,  we found a news investigation on StoneMor and some of their cemetery properties in West Virginia.  We found an article and link to a webinar being produced by an Illinois family funeral home, and we found an article on a coroners primary election race in South Carolina where a young funeral director defeated a well entrenched incumbent. Internationally, we found […]