Tag: cemetery

Business Cremation

$5 footlongs . . . . and $695 cremations

Last week we commented on an article from funeral industry veteran Doug Gober.  That article encapsulated where Mr. Gober saw the investment money going in the death care industry.  We think Gober was right on in his assessment, but one of his insights . . . . .that of “the best way to add value to an existing funeral home is to add a crematory” brought a question from one of our readers that we think is interesting. That reader […]

Cemetery Cremation

The importance of permanent memorialization

The pyramids in Egypt were built to give permanent memorialization to the rulers of that land.  The tomb of the 13th Disciple to Christ, Matthias, can be seen to give credence to his life.  George Washington, known by many as the Father of America has a burial site at his Mount Vernon home. However, there can be no doubt that we are on a trend line to make permanent memorialization an afterthought to human life.  And, I think that is […]

Afternoon Edition

Weekend Edition. . . .News you can use

As we head into the weekend I’m clearing off my desk and have some information from some of our favorite friends at Clifton Larson Allen, Roosevelt Investments, and the National Funeral Directors Association that may be of interest to you.  In addition, I’m throwing a couple of articles out there that are not necessarily death care related but are business related in general and I thought readers may find them interesting.  Those articles deal with baby boomer business sellers and […]


Vale Cemetery receives ACE Award

Vale Cemetery of Schenectady, New York, was recently given the American Cemetery Excellence Award (ACE Award) as presented by American Cemetery and Cremation magazine.  While the magazine calls it the ACE Award, I like to just refer to it as the “Cemetery of the Year” award because the magazine awards only one cemetery annually. According to Patti Martin Bartsche, managing editor for American Cemetery and Cremation magazine, “There is certainly a lot of wonderful history to be explored in a […]


The perception of our integrity

“Where have you gone Joe DiMaggio”.  Those were the lyrics of the Simon and Garfunkel song “Mrs. Robinson” released in 1968.  The country was in the summer of a presidential election and was mired in a controversial war in Viet Nam at the time.  The lyrics harkened back to a simple time in America. I took the time the other day to Google lists of the most trusted professions in America and if those two artists would compose that song […]

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, […]


Weekend Edition. . . milestones, cleaning off the desk. . .some information for our readers

I’m not a bah, humbug type of guy. . . .I actually love the holidays. . .all of them.  However, shopping for a Christmas tree, dragging it home, and getting it set up is not one of my favorite things to do.  I should be grateful because Angie does all the hard work like decorating the tree and the house. . . . my only jobs are to get the tree home and get the tree set up for her […]

Afternoon Edition

Potential COVID surge has states thinking death care, state budget surprises

Last week you could not turn on the news without hearing of the potential for the COVID-19 virus to spread rapidly because of Thanksgiving and other upcoming holiday travel.  We found a couple of articles pertaining to states and how they may handle the number of deceased bodies that may come with that potential surge. In Minnesota, the Governor has purchased a cold storage warehouse to help out state funeral directors and in New York, the state is looking at […]

Afternoon Edition

Heading into the weekend . . . .

It’s Friday and we are heading into the weekend preceding the Thanksgiving holiday.  With all of the death care companies reporting earnings reports in the last couple of weeks and our coverage of those we have a few articles that we feel our readers should have access to, yet we are not able to feature them in individual articles. So, here are some links that you can check out on your own this weekend. . . . .and they bring […]

Cemetery Regulations

Lessons learned from growing up as an FDK (Funeral Director’s Kid)

This article will be published on Friday morning because I figure it won’t be real business like, but it will be something that the reader can carry into the weekend.  Lots of people talk about PK’s – Preacher’s Kids – but there is another group of us who grew up in a funeral home or near a funeral home and sometimes were expected to toe the line even more properly than PK’s because we were Funeral Director’s Kids (FDK’s). . […]