Tag: Cremation Association of North America

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CANA wraps up Innovation Convention, looks forward to Green Funeral Conference

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) recently wrapped up its 104th Cremation Innovation Convention in Atlanta, Georgia.  More than 60 exhibitors offered solutions for business to all kinds of convention attendees. Barbara Kemmis, Executive Director of CANA made these comments, “After two years of pivoting, it was wonderful to be surrounded  again by the kind of energy you only get from a Convention.  CANA Conventions are where we celebrate new leaders, build connections with colleagues, and get inspired by […]

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Industry leaders team up for “Growth and Expansion” webinar

Industry leading consulting firm Johnson Consulting Group along with industry leading financial firm Live Oak Bank will be combining to offer a webinar on Wednesday, August 10.  The webinar title is “Opportunities for Growth and Expansion” and will offer advice on “financing in the funeral market such as first-time acquisition tips, ground-up expansions, renovations, refinancing, growth strategies, and much more.” Presenters will include Bob Ekins of Johnson Consulting Group and Tim Bridgers, Senior Vice-President of Live Oak Bank. To register […]

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CANA, NFDA offer valuable insights with conventions, programming

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is getting ready to host its 104th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, from August 17-19.  The event will have some of the most powerful speakers in the death care industry involved and on hand for operators to learn from. Brian Waters, funeral director, embalmer and host of Undertaking: The Podcast, kicks off CANA’s 104th Cremation Innovation Convention by questioning industry trends, ideas, best practices, and pretty much everything we do. According […]

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News you can use

Once again the information has piled up on my desk and I thought this would be a good time to get it out to our readers.  We have information about “Goals oriented succession planning”, inflation issues, a death care company starting a “Corporate Cultural Department” and installing a Chief Cultural Officer and more. . . .including announcements and webinars. How a Goals Oriented approach to Succession Planning can be an advantage.  –  A short paper from Clifton Larson Allen where […]

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Peer Support Event

In a piece of fortuitous timing, Funeral Director Daily published this article last Friday which extrapolated the number of deaths that United States funeral directors handled in 2020.  By all indications it turns out that the funeral profession in the United States served the families of over 3.4 million decedents in 2020. . . . . that’s a full 20% more than in 2019. We also mentioned that many of these deaths were out of the ordinary or had Covid-19 […]


CANA’s Virtual Convention. . .an experience. . . the future?

A few months ago and already into the travel related issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) was one of the first, if not the first, trade organization to announce that they would be foregoing their traditional convention and replacing that convention with something touted as a “Virtual Convention”.  In my opinion, CANA should be lauded for taking this step into the unknown in an effort to keep camaraderie and the dissemination of  knowledge and […]


Judge overturns crematory variance, what’s coming up in our profession

Today’s afternoon edition tells of a Dayton, Ohio, decision by a judge that overturns a variance needed to operate a crematory.  Funeral Director Daily will also give you news of a large funeral home acquisition of six Ohio mortuaries.  Finally, we’ve got some other stories and a listing of some of the events for learning coming up over the next couple of weeks in our profession. News from the world of Death Care: Judge:  Dayton crematory should not have been […]


Don’t forget CANA

As we mentioned in yesterday’s feature article that pertained to the financial side of the death care industry, it has been a different and interesting year in that realm.  Today, we will be reminding you that it has also been an interesting and different year on the relationship side of the profession. I’m a guy who thrives on relationships and the interpersonal communication that being in the physical presence of other human beings brings.  Over my career I’ve served on […]


Cremation Monday

If you are or have been in the death care business for any length of time you can relate to all the talk about the popularity of cremation gaining in the last twenty years and at an incredible pace for the past 5-7 years.  All of us know of the issues that lower revenue per case, particularly from direct cremation as compared to earth burial, are causing in the funeral industry. This weekend, however, when I was looking for material […]


Thinking of adding a Crematory?

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 financially — and the best decisions were those that satisfied both of those criteria. One of the best decisions I made was in 2005, to […]