Tag: cremation

Cemetery Cremation

The importance of permanent memorialization

The pyramids in Egypt were built to give permanent memorialization to the rulers of that land.  The tomb of the 13th Disciple to Christ, Matthias, can be seen to give credence to his life.  George Washington, known by many as the Father of America has a burial site at his Mount Vernon home. However, there can be no doubt that we are on a trend line to make permanent memorialization an afterthought to human life.  And, I think that is […]

Business

The death at home movement gains steam during the pandemic

Where a person dies does have an effect on funeral home operations.  One simple effect you can see is that of two person removal teams to homes rather than a one-person removal being done at a hospital or nursing home where there is always facility staff help if needed.  This recent article from the Associated Press and bylined out of Mission, Kansas, takes the side that the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the amount of deaths occurring under hospice care in […]

Finance

Service Corporation services jump 14% in 2020

Service Corporation International reported both their 4th Quarter 2020 and Full Year 2020 reports last week.  Among the interesting items that you can find in the report, that can be accessed here, is that their total number of services increased from 319,616 in 2019 to 364,312 in 2020. . . .that’s an increase of 13.98%. That number in itself is interesting considering the fact that Service Corporation International (SCI) is the largest provider of death care services in the United […]

Cremation Finance

Changing the Paradigm

Last week Foundation Partners Group issued a press release through Cision PR Newswire that you can read here.  The release dealt with some of the company’s ten year history in that it has grown into a company with nearly 160 locations serving over 75,000 families annually. Another thing that the release shouted was that Foundation Partners Group (FPG) serves a clientele that chooses cremation for 86% of its dispositions.  It’s noted that FPG believes that is an industry leading metric […]

Business

Will the coronavirus change how we grieve

For those of you readers who are not funeral directors, have you attended a funeral in the last six months?  I haven’t. . . . and I cannot remember when the last time I attended a funeral was. Truth be told, since I have left full-time funeral directing and management, I have chosen to go to visitations much more than funerals anyway.  I like the ability to just drop in – and out – as I wish and not sit […]

Business

Learning from the secular “non-death care” world

I’ve always had this habit of looking at a statement of fact, tried to look behind the numbers, and then tried to figure out how what I learned or discovered might help me in my funeral home business.  When I operated my funeral business, I was concerned about giving great service to my client families, but I was also concerned about making profits. . . .because doing so allowed me to add amenities and features to my business that competitors […]

Cremation

Canadian online direct cremation provider expanding

Late last year we brought you information on the Canadian on-line cremation start-up Eirene.  The company started in the Greater Toronto area and has announced in this press release that they will be expanding in Ontario. Mallory Greene, founder and  CEO of Eirene had this to say, “We built Eirene with a conviction that Canadians need a trusted partner and seamless online service to manage cremation arrangements for their loved-one’s passing.  “In the few months since making our platform available, […]

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 […]

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 Products

Death care suppliers. . . .they are busy too

Funeral Director Daily has written a lot of articles in the past year about how busy funeral homes have been with death calls.  It’s just the way it has been for funeral homes in the year of COVID. What we have not done is find any articles on how suppliers are very busy.  We have seen some reports that fly by night “start up” suppliers have appeared and what is done is many crisis situations has happened this year also. […]