Tag: alkaline hydrolysis

Business

Yes, things will change over time

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven –“.  That is the first verse in Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 and the 2nd verse goes on to say “A time to give birth, and a time to die“. Any funeral director who has ever spent time on a graveside service standing over an open grave with a pastor or priest giving a final commendation has heard those words. And, those words are prophetic, […]

Business Finance

Private equity continues move into Death Care

It’s not surprising to see why in a world of 73 million baby boomers and a large group of funeral home owners planning to retire in the next five years that private equity businesses see an opportunity in Death Care, specifically in owning funeral homes. This article from Fortune entitled “Death is anything but a dying business as private equity cashes in on the $23 billion funeral home industry” has prompted a lot of discussion, and some angst, among funeral […]

Business Cremation Products

The niches keep coming

As long as I’ve written this blog I’ve predicted that death care – that is dispositions for the dead human body – will eventually become increasingly a collection of “niche” businesses.  That is, compared to what we have gotten used to seeing. . .a funeral home that takes care of your every need in the disposition realm — earth burial, cremation, and even anatomical donation. We have cremation friendly niche providers now and we have green funeral providers now as […]

Business Regulations

The case for a free-market (funeral business) society

Last week I saw an article about the Fast Food Accountability and Standards (FAST) Recovery Act that has passed both houses of the California legislature and is awaiting a signature by Governor Gavin Newsome to make it a law.  Part of what that law would do is create a 10-person fast-food council with employee and restaurant representatives plus some state officials.  The council would then set industry-wide standards, including wages, working hours, and conditions in for-profit, privately owned restaurants. I […]

Business Products

Fad, trend, or tradition?

New products and services used by the American public seem to start as fads, become a trend, and then, those with staying power evolve into a tradition of life.   Over the last few days I’ve noticed a couple of products that have either followed that road map or may be on their way to dissolving.  And, I think that there is something for death care professionals to learn from the process. On one hand let’s look at Peleton, the stationary […]

Business

Natural burial plans growing in popularity

The Choice Mutual annual survey on American burial preferences, that you can access here, has been released and it shows that preference for Natural Burial dispositions has grown since the 2020 survey while the preference for traditional services and cremation has declined.  To be sure, Natural Burial only shows a preference of 10% of the respondents in this year’s April study.  However, in this survey, traditional burial has dropped from 35% to 34% and cremation has dropped from 44% to […]

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 […]