Tag: cremation

Afternoon Edition

Service Corp 3Q revenue rockets up

Service Corporation International (SCI) 3rd Quarter 2020 revenue jumped almost 20% (19.37% actual) over the same period from 2019.  In a statement issued yesterday, October 28, here is what SCI’s President and CEO Tom Ryan said of the results: ” . . . the impact of COVID-19 has increased the number of funeral services performed as well as the number of burials in our cemeteries. As community restrictions lifted over the last few months, we have experienced unprecedented growth in […]

Business

As California goes. . . so goes the nation?

We are in the season of elections and when I was younger there was an old adage of Presidential elections that went like this, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.”  I recently read this article in the Los Angeles Business Journal entitled, “Business Slows for LA Funeral Homes”, and wondered if as the funeral business in California is going. . . . will that be the pattern for the nation moving forward? The old Maine adage made note that […]

Business

It’s not such a somber place anymore

My first real recollection of a funeral was when my father’s mother, my grandmother, died when I was five years old.  And, interestingly enough, even with my family in the funeral profession, what I remember about the “funeral” was not being allowed to go.  I can actually remember being held at home with a babysitter, while my older brother who was nine years old got all dressed up and left the house with my parents.  I can remember thinking, “What […]

Business Products

Playing the “What if” game

If you want to stay ahead of the curve in whatever you are doing I would suggest to play the “What if” game every once in a while just to see where you are standing.  The “What if” game can be played in all lines of business and is, in my opinion, a great exercise to determine the future sustainability of your business in its present form. I recently saw an article on a funeral home where they were telling […]

Finance

Earnings season on its way: Zacks on Service Corp

If you watched the stock market last week you would see that it bounced around a little bit.  That happens all the time dependent on world events and the business environment, but also four times per year we get in a period where public companies report the business results for the past three month period.  And, we are in that period right now. Funeral Director Daily will follow those reports as they come out and the first company to report […]

Cremation Products

Better Place Forests adds Minnesota property

A little over a year ago Funeral Director Daily brought you this article introducing Better Place Forests to our readers.  At that time we said of the idea, “Think of it. . . increased cremation and now a place – like cemeteries of old – where today’s consumer will feel comfortable placing the remains of loved ones in an environmentally friendly way and place.  An interesting venture. . . and one whose time may have come.” At that time the […]

Business Cemetery

The problem with cemeteries

We’ve now moved into the 4th quarter of 2020 and with that timing we have had 6 full months of the COVID world results in death care.  We know from listening to the news, looking at public death care company reports, and anecdotal reports from our colleagues that while funeral homes have been learning to do business in the COVID world, the financial results still probably lag where we want them to be. We know that there has been a […]

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition: Articles from the weekend

In today’s Afternoon Edition we will provide you with some articles that came out over the weekend.  There is probably something for everybody’s interest in these articles as we always find that it is interesting to catch up with what is going on in other parts of the United States or in other parts of the world. Here’s what we have today: North Carolina among the last states to make death records electronic.  North Carolina has, according to this article […]

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition: Get to Know Them – Peter Rose

Today’s feature in our popular “Get to Know Them” edition is centered on Peter J. Rose, CFSP, LFD, and General Manager of the Betz, Rossi, Bellinger and Stewart Family Funeral Homes in Amsterdam, New York. While the “Get to Know Them” feature is centered around getting to know the profession and what differing duties and occupations occur to bring death care to those in need, today is our first feature of someone working as a funeral director.  Our readership consists […]

Business Cremation

How direct cremation pioneer Pure Cremation has disrupted the UK’s funeral industry

*Re-printed with permission from Pure Cremation. Before 2015 the funeral industry in Great Britain still looked and felt very Victorian. Most ceremonies were still rooted in 200-year old traditions and any deviation from the norm was frowned upon by both funeral directors and mourners. However, this was set to change when veteran undertaker Bryan Powell along with his wife Catherine encountered a few people unwilling to accept the default format because it did not suit the deceased’s worldview and lifestyle […]