Tag: cemeteries

Business Cemetery

Can two death care trends solve a problem??

Over the years that I have done the research for the articles that appear in Funeral Director Daily, among others, I have noticed two trends that are definitely growing in the death care world.  One of those trends is that of Green or Natural burials.  Virtually every day when I look for articles that will be of interest to readers I will find an article from somewhere in the United States that is opening up a funeral home or cemetery […]

Business

Funeral directors carried on. . . . .

Since about 2010 I’ve been associated with a couple of non-profit Senior Housing, Home Care, and Hospice businesses, Knute Nelson and Ethos Home Care and Hospice.  I’ve chaired both organizations which have a combined revenue of about $60 million. I tell you that only because I try to stay up to date with those industries as much as possible.  And, just yesterday I received a newsletter from a senior health organization with the title “Long-term Care Deaths and Cases are […]

Cremation Finance

Changing the Paradigm

Last week Foundation Partners Group issued a press release through Cision PR Newswire that you can read here.  The release dealt with some of the company’s ten year history in that it has grown into a company with nearly 160 locations serving over 75,000 families annually. Another thing that the release shouted was that Foundation Partners Group (FPG) serves a clientele that chooses cremation for 86% of its dispositions.  It’s noted that FPG believes that is an industry leading metric […]

Finance

DCI rebounds. . . .Total return almost 7%

I was very fortunate as a youngster because I was schooled on investments and the market by my father.  Giving me, what is now termed “financial literacy”, is one of the greatest gifts I have ever received.  As a matter of fact, as a board member of a Big Ten institution, I have pushed our academic department, with the students’ blessing, to have a required course on Financial Literacy for all students during their Freshman year.  It has not been […]

Cemetery

2020 and the realities of smaller cemeteries. . . Netherlands recommends alkaline hydrolysis

Over the last couple of years that I have published Funeral Director Daily, I’ve written on this topic a couple of times.  “This topic” is that of smaller association cemeteries and the financial plights more and more of them seem to be falling into.  I limit this discussion to “association cemeteries” simply because church cemeteries, municipal cemeteries, veteran cemeteries, and for-profit cemeteries have something to fall back to when the revenues start coming up less than the expenses. Association cemeteries, […]

Cemetery

Which side of the issue are you on

I don’t think that there is any doubt that at one time we viewed cemeteries as a “place for the dead”.  However, you could argue that over the years, while cemeteries still carry the reverence of places where we lay our loved ones to rest, they have become not only a place for the dead, but a “place for the living” also. I point that out as, especially urban cemeteries, have become places to walk a dog, to hold yoga […]

Business Cemetery

The problem with cemeteries

We’ve now moved into the 4th quarter of 2020 and with that timing we have had 6 full months of the COVID world results in death care.  We know from listening to the news, looking at public death care company reports, and anecdotal reports from our colleagues that while funeral homes have been learning to do business in the COVID world, the financial results still probably lag where we want them to be. We know that there has been a […]

Cemetery Regulations

Arlington Cemetery Part 3: A personal story

When I researched and wrote a story about Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being buried at Arlington National Cemetery little did I know it would lead to a Three-part series with Funeral Director Daily.  However, the story triggered some memories in my life on what I knew about Arlington and, in today’s article, how I as a small town funeral director personally arranged burials there.  I hope I’m not boring you with these stories. As a small town funeral director, in […]

Finance

Park Lawn Corp reports 2Q 2020, CEO Green answers acquisition questions

Toronto based Park Lawn Corporation (PLC) reported its 2nd Quarter 2020 financial situation last week.  In it they reported great success on revenue growth and Adjusted Net Earnings.  CEO Brad Green commented on the financial report in saying, “We have grown together as an organization and are poised to continue with our projected growth targets.”   In the quarterly report that you can read here you will find that growth-oriented Park Lawn’s revenues grew from $58.6 million in 2Q 2019 to […]

Finance

SCI’s Tom Ryan talks 2nd Quarter 2020

The 2nd Quarter of 2020, that period that encompasses the months of April, May, and June, was looked at as a quarter which would produce financial results that would be unique, maybe in the entire last century, simply because it was the first 3-month period of the COVID-19 pandemic.  As the United States went into the pandemic in February and March of 2020, many people theorized on how funeral homes and cemeteries would come through with things such as social […]