Afternoon Edition

Peer Support Event

In a piece of fortuitous timing, Funeral Director Daily published this article last Friday which extrapolated the number of deaths that United States funeral directors handled in 2020.  By all indications it turns out that the funeral profession in the United States served the families of over 3.4 million decedents in 2020. . . . . that’s a full 20% more than in 2019. We also mentioned that many of these deaths were out of the ordinary or had Covid-19 […]


The convention conundrum

Funeral directors have always liked conventions.  I have great memories of Minnesota Funeral Directors Association (MFDA) conventions going back to the 1960’s.  My dad always attended for a day and for his family it was an opportunity to get to the big city (Minneapolis) stay at the downtown Radisson Hotel, and probably get to take in a Minnesota Twins afternoon game on Day 2 before heading for home that evening. My father worked a lot. . . taking care of […]

Afternoon Edition

News you can use: PPE procurement, CEU’s, the BRAVE act. . . and more

In today’s Afternoon Edition of Funeral Director Daily you will find that most of our linked stories deal with funeral homes and their handling of the COVID-19 situation.  We are also taking today to catch up with some items that you should be aware of in terms of PPE procurement, a webinar brought to us by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and Canadian Funeral Peer Support, information on the U.S. Senate’s passing of the Veteran Administration’s BRAVE Act, […]


Will we see shifts in funeral home employment post-pandemic?

I’ll tell you right away that this is one of those articles I write that you probably won’t get any answers from.  As a matter of fact, I hope you go away from today’s article asking questions and thinking about the future.  It’s the kind of article that I like writing, though . . . because it is all thought and conjecture. . . I can’t be proved wrong, yet!! So, I read a couple of articles over the weekend.  […]


CANA’s Virtual Convention. . .an experience. . . the future?

A few months ago and already into the travel related issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) was one of the first, if not the first, trade organization to announce that they would be foregoing their traditional convention and replacing that convention with something touted as a “Virtual Convention”.  In my opinion, CANA should be lauded for taking this step into the unknown in an effort to keep camaraderie and the dissemination of  knowledge and […]


Judge overturns crematory variance, what’s coming up in our profession

Today’s afternoon edition tells of a Dayton, Ohio, decision by a judge that overturns a variance needed to operate a crematory.  Funeral Director Daily will also give you news of a large funeral home acquisition of six Ohio mortuaries.  Finally, we’ve got some other stories and a listing of some of the events for learning coming up over the next couple of weeks in our profession. News from the world of Death Care: Judge:  Dayton crematory should not have been […]


Don’t forget CANA

As we mentioned in yesterday’s feature article that pertained to the financial side of the death care industry, it has been a different and interesting year in that realm.  Today, we will be reminding you that it has also been an interesting and different year on the relationship side of the profession. I’m a guy who thrives on relationships and the interpersonal communication that being in the physical presence of other human beings brings.  Over my career I’ve served on […]


Cremation Monday

If you are or have been in the death care business for any length of time you can relate to all the talk about the popularity of cremation gaining in the last twenty years and at an incredible pace for the past 5-7 years.  All of us know of the issues that lower revenue per case, particularly from direct cremation as compared to earth burial, are causing in the funeral industry. This weekend, however, when I was looking for material […]


Thinking of adding a Crematory?

Over thirty-five years as an owner operator of a community funeral home I made hundreds of business decisions.  Some were easy, some were hard, some worked out, some didn’t.  The one common denominator is that I did my research and thought that I was doing the right thing to either help the community or gain financially — and the best decisions were those that satisfied both of those criteria. One of the best decisions I made was in 2005, to […]

Business Cremation

Cremation – What’s Next in the Market?

The Cremation Association of North America just wrapped up its weeklong gathering of cremation professionals at CANA2018.  While I did not attend, I have kept up with some of the issues that were discussed and saw a quote come out of the convention that I wanted to discuss further. The quote I am referring to was attributed to Jason Engler, CANA Historian, and is the following, “The selling point of cremation has evolved over 100 years from sanitation to aesthetics […]