Seeking Alpha opines on Park Lawn Corporation

By Funeral Director Daily / May 8, 2023 /

    Park Lawn Corporation is expected to release the financial results of their First Quarter 2023 on May 11 — Thursday.  Last week, however, we found that Seeking Alpha authors gave an opinion on the company in which they believe “Park Lawn (is) likely to resume EBIDTA and EPS growth in 2023″.  The opinion article…

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Matthews 2Q 2023 Report: Memorialization sales slightly rise

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2023 /

    Mathews International’s sales rose about 7.8% year over year for their 2nd Quarter of 2023 as compared to the same quarter of 2022.  Matthews is on a fiscal year so their 2nd Quarter comprises the months of January, February, and March.  Most of the sales increase occured in Matthews Industrial Technologies segment.  …

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Parting Stone website traffic increases after Shark Tank episode

By Funeral Director Daily / May 1, 2023 /

    Earlier in April Parting Stone and its CEO Justin Crowe appeared on an episode of Shark Tank looking for potential investors to help move the company along into the mainstream of post-cremation remains options.  And, while that happened as the company took an investment offer from well known Sharks Kevin O’Leary and Lori…

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Is “Bereavement” tougher and less healthy in the digital era?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 12, 2023 /

    I’m no expert on this subject so this column will ask a lot of questions but probably won’t answer many.  It’s an exercise that I like to do once in a while because it really causes me to think deeply.  I hope it does the same for you.   In my days as…

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Don’t be Narrow Minded. . . Open up your leadership style

By Funeral Director Daily / March 31, 2023 /

    The other day as I was reading some information on the current stock market I saw this quote, “Narrowing leadership is rarely a good thing for market health”.  The quote pertained to the current tech company stock market and pointed out that leadership, as referenced by value gains, in that segment had narrowed…

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Bucking the trend

By Funeral Director Daily / March 2, 2023 /

    “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated” is a popular misquote attributed to author Samuel Clemens, known by his pen name, Mark Twain.  However, that quote has stayed with Clemens (Twain) forever and is now simply a part of his lore.   The same thing may be said for cemeteries.  The demise…

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Hiring funeral directors: Do you look for IQ or EQ?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 21, 2023 /

    Over the years that I hired funeral directors to work at our funeral home I looked for various traits that I felt would help a funeral home in a community of my size.  I certainly knew that I needed professional staff that was excellent in the preparation room.  But, I also needed staff…

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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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