Tag: COVID funerals

Business

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 […]

Business

A Year of COVID. . . what do we now know

While there has been some discrepancy on the case because of cruise ship involvement elsewhere, most people will say that the first COVID-19 death in America happened on February 28, 2020, in the Seattle area.  That’s just over a year ago. . . . what have we learned. . . what do we now know? COVID-19 and the coronavirus pandemic have changed some of our daily habits.  We know that. For Angie and I, our first change of habit occurred […]

Regulations

Rep. Ocasio-Cortez: “Funeral expenses haunted and followed my family . . . for years”

A couple of weeks ago we brought our readers this article where Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were hopeful that the COVID-19 relief bill passed in December would bring funeral re-imbursements to many who lost loved ones to the pandemic. At that time they were hopeful that some of the $56 billion that had been allocated to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would be used for the purposes of reimbursing families who lost […]

Business

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, […]

Business

Funeral directors and community respect

When I was in Middle School and High School and my father, a 3rd generation funeral director,  would talk to me about being a funeral director he would always say something like this, “It’s a noble profession.  You won’t get rich but you will do fine making a nickel at a time and you will have a tremendous self-satisfaction about helping others in your community.” After my father’s death I did enter the funeral profession, mostly out of a commitment […]

Cremation Preneed

It’s International Day. . . news from across the Pond

Funeral Director Daily has a few readers in the English speaking parts of the world outside of North America.  We have followers in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.  However, it is not too often that we get news from those regions.  Today, we are bringing you three articles from various parts of the world. When we do get news from those locales, however, it is interesting to note how common the issues are between the differing countries and the […]

Afternoon Edition

SCI’s Dignity firm “here to help” in California

It was recently reported that California passed the three million mark in the number of documented COVID-19 cases and passed the 33,000 mark in death due to COVID-19.  According to several sources, that great number has caused some funeral homes to stop accepting new death call cases. That has caused Dignity Memorial director Anthony Lampe to make the following statement about California’s Eternal Valley Memorial Park and Mortuary, “We want to be there to support the community. … Our intention […]

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 […]

Finance

Dignity Plc 9-month report: More services, more revenue, less profit

Dignity plc, the United Kingdom’s only publicly listed provider of funeral related services released its report on the first nine months of its 2020 business year earlier this week.  You can read highlights of that report here in a short synopsis of such from Reuters. In essence, the number of deaths in Great Britain increased approximately 15% over the same period of one year ago. Dignity Plc saw their services for January -September 2020 grow to 61,200 from 52,100 in […]

Business Regulations

New Mexico funeral home fined for social distancing violation

I woke up this morning (Monday as I write this) to see the Dow Jones Industrial average futures up over 5% on the news that Pfizer has had tremendous success with its Covid-19 vaccination drug trials.  It’s a rainy day in Minnesota so I did my daily run on the treadmill watching Jim Cramer on CNBC talk about this event. Cramer commented that even with Pfizer’s announcement of its trial success so far, all we have over yesterday is increased […]