Tag: COVID deaths

Business Regulations

National report: U.S. death rate to be elevated until 2023

The United States released its annual report by the Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare Programs earlier this week.  In that report, which you can see a summarized article here, we get an idea of what the federal government thinks about death rates going forward. The report concludes, as to the national death rate, “The federal government expects U.S. mortality rates to be elevated by 15% over pre-pandemic norms in 2021 and not return to normal until 2023.”  The […]


Funeral directors carried on. . . . .

Since about 2010 I’ve been associated with a couple of non-profit Senior Housing, Home Care, and Hospice businesses, Knute Nelson and Ethos Home Care and Hospice.  I’ve chaired both organizations which have a combined revenue of about $60 million. I tell you that only because I try to stay up to date with those industries as much as possible.  And, just yesterday I received a newsletter from a senior health organization with the title “Long-term Care Deaths and Cases are […]


Heroes on the front lines. . . . not only in 2020

I was visiting on the phone with the CEO of one of the funeral home consolidation companies on Friday when he asked me how long I had been out of direct management of our business.  I replied that it is just over seven years and I was happy not to have been there during the past year especially when I saw the saw the crushing workload and the sense of funeral directors having to be the “emotional rock” that families […]


The Pandemic and its effect on Death Care around the world

We touched on the subject last week when we did an article questioning how some in authority view funeral directors and other death care professionals in light of large financial fines for a service going over the allotted number of allowed mourners in Great Britain and the death care professionals in Ohio trying to be included in an early tranche of the vaccine distribution. However, while we continue to hear disagreements about vaccine distribution, school openings, church openings, restaurant openings, […]

Preneed Regulations

AOC says “Consumer funeral funding in current COVID relief package”

New York United States Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced last week that it is her belief that consumer funeral cost relief is part of the $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill passed by both houses of congress and signed into law by President Trump in December. Here’s what Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez says in this article from Business Insider,  “After our BX+Queens district became the most COVID-hit in the country, I spent much of the last year working on an issue that was devastating […]

Cremation Regulations

Air quality limits lifted in Los Angeles County

Citing “a threat to public health” the South Coast Air Quality Management District relaxed rules pertaining to cremation in Los Angeles County last week.  The ruling, according to this article from National Public Radio, will lift limits on the number of cremations that can be conducted monthly by crematory operators. An official for the agency was quoted as saying, “The current rate of death is more than double that of pre-pandemic years, leading to hospitals, funeral homes, and crematoriums exceeding […]

Business Regulations

What is the proper storage protocol in a pandemic

Over the last few days and weeks we have seen a surge in COVID related deaths in areas that had not necessarily had a surge in them yet.  Over the course of the past ten months we have seen peaks and valleys in different localities during the course of this pandemic.  We’ve also seen recent articles on how funeral homes are handling the surge in cases as they sometimes multiply to 3, 4, or even five times their normal rates […]

Business Regulations

United States passes 3 million deaths in 2020. . . first time ever

The Associated Press recently reported in this article that the United States will, for the first time ever, pass the 3 million mark in actual deaths recorded in a single calendar year.  And, in what is not a surprise to anybody in the country in this COVID-19 year, the number of deaths will be an approximately 15% increase in the number of deaths from 2019. While those numbers don’t surprise anybody there is a lot to learn from this article […]

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 […]


Revisiting Clive

When I was just getting going on writing an occasional blog article back in May 2017 – about three years to the day from today – I was fascinated with a young man from County Cork Ireland who grew up wanting to be a funeral director.  As it turned out, circumstances worked out so that at age 31 Clive Anderson became owner of a funeral home in Pelham, New York, that catered to those of Irish descent.  You can read […]