Merchandising your Service Charge

By Funeral Director Daily / January 30, 2023 /
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    Alan Creedy and Danny Jefferson are two veterans in the death care business.  They have not only managed and owned funeral homes but have advised hundreds of death care operators.  The two of them put out a podcast entitled “Two Guys and a Question“.  I recently listened to one of their podcasts that…

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2023: The Year of the Ancillary Sale

By Funeral Director Daily / January 2, 2023 /

  Last Friday I printed a story about five trends or happenings that I saw in calendar year 2022 and how they will relate to Death Care as we move into the future.  I’ve not been shy about saying two things are happening and will continue to happen.  Those two things are an increase in…

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2021 Final Stats: Death rates rise, life-expectancy drops in U.S.

By Funeral Director Daily / December 26, 2022 /

  According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released final death statistics for the calendar year 2021 last week.   It’s interesting to note that the death rate (the percentage of Americans who die in a given year) has risen at the same time that life expectancy…

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Want to build your brand? Try sponsoring a Death Cafe

By Funeral Director Daily / October 31, 2022 /

I visited Baltimore and attended the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) convention earlier this month.  In earlier blog posts I’ve told you some overriding impressions that I had from that experience. . . and I told you I would be bringing you, in greater detail, some of my thoughts and observations. One of the phenomena…

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The Buzz in Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / October 18, 2022 /

If you follow Funeral Director Daily with any regularity you will know that I returned from the 2022 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention last week.  This article, titled Back from Baltimore, published last week gave my general impressions on attending my first national convention in over a decade. In today’s article I’m going…

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The only thing harder to find in Malibu than a hotel room is a grave. . .

By Funeral Director Daily / September 28, 2022 /

Malibu, California was incorporated into a city in 1991 and that led to a moratorium on new development that included, among other things, hotels.  So, Malibu has famously become known as a very tough place to get a hotel room. Back in 2015, however, a group known as Green Acres, LLC, began a push to…

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Newsom signs Human Composting bill, California becomes 5th state to legalize

By Funeral Director Daily / September 23, 2022 /

Earlier this week California Governor Gavin Newsom quietly signed a bill that now becomes law which includes disposition of the dead human body via “human composting”.  According to this article from KABC Television of Los Angeles supporters say it’s an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional end-of-life options. The law does not go into effect until 2027. …

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The consumer choice for cremation is not always financial

By Funeral Director Daily / August 31, 2022 /

Over the years I’ve heard from many consumers that their choice for a cremation disposition had nothing to do with price.  Even though I heard that often, and believed the people that told me that, as a funeral professional it was always hard to fathom when it seemed that everywhere you turned you saw cremations…

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Forbes writer advocates for Batesville spin-off from Hillenbrand

By Funeral Director Daily / August 25, 2022 /

Earlier this summer we brought you this article which brought information that parent company Hillenbrand Industries was contemplating “strategic alternatives” for its Batesville division.  Last week Forbes contributing writer Jim Osman expressed in this article his opinion that the Batesville division should be “spun-off” from Hillenbrand in order to unlock “shareholder value”. Osman contends that…

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Matthews and the Baseball Hall of Fame

By Funeral Director Daily / August 1, 2022 /

I’ve been a big baseball fan since I served as Batboy of the local town team back in the 1960’s.  I played the game (not real well), managed an adult team, and had my most memorable time coaching years of Little League. . .with the highlight being my 2011 12-year old team winning the Minnesota…

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