Funeral up for Auction

By Funeral Director Daily / April 1, 2019 /

“We’re going to auction off a funeral that has been donated”, said Dick Crooks, Superintendent of Center Ridge Cemetery in Sullivan, Indiana. Crooks calls his auction night, “Indian’s Most Unusual Auction”. That’s right — in an article and television news story that you can see here out of Indiana, the Center Ridge Cemetery will be…

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Cremation. . . .perception vs. reality

By Funeral Director Daily / March 20, 2019 /

Virtually every week that I follow articles on the death care industry I will see an article like this one from CBS Local in New York that pertains to a neighborhood group banding together to stop the construction of a new crematory in their area.  This article, which includes a news video, comes from Middletown…

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Thursday morning news items

By Funeral Director Daily / March 14, 2019 /

We saw a couple news items that were fairly unique as to their content and thought that we would bring our readers both of them today with very little commentary on our part. The first item that we found concerned a funeral home in Nova Scotia, Canada, where the public service is warning against crematoriums…

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How long until virtual funeral homes/crematories?

By Funeral Director Daily / March 8, 2019 /

I saw an article earlier this week from Seeking Alpha that you can read here that retailer Nordstrom’s sales increased year over year for the year 2018 by 2.3%.  What really hit me about the number though was as I read farther into the article I found out that Nordstrom’s brick and mortar stores suffered…

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Community Heroes all around funeral service

By Funeral Director Daily / February 26, 2019 /

While I was researching for articles for today’s post it just hit me as I looked at the articles and I realized that just about everyday some funeral director is written up in their local newspaper because what they have meant to their community.  Most of us are happy to be in the background just…

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Making this Cemetery Great Again

By Funeral Director Daily / January 25, 2019 /

Even though this is a real news story with real valid reasoning for two people doing what they are doing, I had to chuckle just a tad when the on scene reporter started his report by saying, “These two guys are making this cemetery great again”. Regardless of your political persuasion, if you have not…

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Assurant posts higher Preneed Sales and Profits

By Funeral Director Daily / November 9, 2018 /

Assurant Preneed, a component of Assurant, posted higher revenue and higher profits in their 3Q 2018 results that were made public after the market on Tuesday.  You can read the company’s press release on its earnings report here. Assurant, a member of the Death Care Index (DCI), operates a world-wide conglomerate composed of three segments…

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Being Determined to Stay the Course

By Funeral Director Daily / August 15, 2018 /

Business decisions are generally not made lightly in the death care industry.  The same is true of public relations events put on by funeral homes and cemeteries.  Usually, these types of businesses are very thorough in their thought process so as not to annoy and/or lose a potential customer.  So once you have made a…

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Thinking of adding a Crematory?

By Funeral Director Daily / August 13, 2018 /

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…

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