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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Carriage Services misses on earnings and revenues, announces acquisitions in the pipeline

By Funeral Director Daily / August 1, 2022 /

Last week Carriage Services was the first death care related company to report its earnings for the March thru June 2022 period.  As you can see from this short article from Investors Observer, they missed the numbers in both categories – Revenues and Earnings – that the analysts had predicted for them to achieve.  Here’s…

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Dignity plc annual report: “In time, price drop will lead to volume growth”

By Funeral Director Daily / July 15, 2022 /

There was much ado last year about Great Britain’s largest provider of funerals and cremations, Dignity plc,  and their upcoming change in strategy.  While not apprised of the entire situation, I do know that the company was coming under scrutiny from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) as well as the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA),…

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NFL Packers put “pocket” in jersey for cremated remains

By Funeral Director Daily / July 14, 2022 /

I’m surprised I missed this article last October when it was originally published by CBS Sports.  However, I’m glad that I found it recently while researching another article for Funeral Director Daily. The article touches on sports but is, in my opinion, an article on death care, grief, the human psyche, and the movement of…

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A killer among them

By Funeral Director Daily / July 8, 2022 /

Arlington National Cemetery is known as “hallowed ground”.  On May 13, 1864, the first burial of military personnel was completed there when Private William Christman was interred.  Just over a month later Arlington officially became a national cemetery on June 15, 1864, by order of Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. In the 158 years since…

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NFDA puts blitz on Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / July 5, 2022 /

I recently received an e-mail from the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) informing me of the NFDA International Convention and Expo that will be taking place in Baltimore, Maryland, from October 9-12, 2022.  After two years of having to worry about Covid, I figured it is time to get it on my calendar and be…

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The pandemic, health insurance and the effects on your business’ future

By Funeral Director Daily / May 12, 2022 /

I’m one that always tries to gather information from whatever source(s) I can when I analyze anything.  As we’ve moved through the Covid-19 pandemic that has been a frustrating proposition, because from my point of view, I have seen analysis and decisions all become too political in nature and I have a hard time deciphering…

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News you can Use

By Funeral Director Daily / April 21, 2022 /

There is a new play out called “Cremation: The Play” and it is set to be live-streamed beginning tomorrow on Lemonade.  It will also be live-streamed on Saturday and Sunday.  Cost to watch the live-stream is $20 and includes a Q & A following the production with the producers and cast. You can see information…

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Will we see a “Pull-forward” effect?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 19, 2022 /

Since the world started to deal with the deaths related to the Covid-19 pandemic beginning in March and April of 2020 there has been a question in the death care world about the theory of “pull-forward” deaths. . .and if there are “pull-forward” deaths, what will that do to the profession in the years following…

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