Tag: cremation

Afternoon Edition

The FedEx strategy shift. . where do funeral homes go?

Editor’s Note:   For as yet unknown technical reasons, our daily article was not sent out earlier this morning.  Sorry. . here it is. All things are created equal. . . . until they’re not.  In the death care business I’m not so sure all of the calls we get at our funeral homes are created equal.  A death call that ends up being a full traditional funeral with casket and vault sale is probably more than equal to a direct […]

Products Regulations

Natural Organic Reduction now operating in Colorado

According to this article from U.S. News & World Report, the process of natural organic reduction or what is commonly referred by many consumers as “human composting” is now available in the state of Colorado.  Legalized by the state over a year ago with a September 7, 2021, legal start date, at least one death care facility, The Natural Funeral in Lafayette, Colorado is open for natural organic reduction business. Co-owner of The Natural Funeral, Seth Viddal, is quoted in […]

Business Products

More companies hope to cash in on the changing face of Death Care

I recently read this article where Bank of America has profiled 14 future “moonshot” technologies that they believe could offer vast wealth to those who are lucky enough to invest in them.  In reading that article, I realized that, to a certain extent we have, maybe not moonshot technologies, but at least planetary technologies in the death care business finding funding almost every day.  In essence, there is a lot of interest in the “new technology” of Death Care. Bank […]

Afternoon Edition

Jake Johnson on “Acquisitions” is most read article of the month

Johnson Consulting Group CEO Jake Johnson wrote a short article for Funeral Director Daily dealing with the acquisition landscape and that article tops our “Most Read” list for the 30 days from August 15 to September 15.  In case you missed them, here are the top read articles from Funeral Director Daily over the past month. Johnson Consulting’s Jake Johnson on the acquisition market. Another start-up in Death Tech. . .another player in caskets. My brother Jim . . . […]

Business

Several Florida funeral homes and churches pledge “no indoor funerals”

We recently learned, in this video story and print article from News 6 Orlando, that a group of about 30 churches and six funeral homes in Marion County, Florida, have decided not to hold indoor services for the remainder of 2021.  According to the article, “After hearing that many funeral homes . . . .  are overwhelmed with funerals related to COVID deaths, local pastors held a conference call with funeral home directors and medical professionals.” That call led the […]

Business Regulations

The vaccine mandate. . . your business, your employees

“We have been patient.  But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost us all.”  According to this article from Yahoo Finance, those were the words of President Joe Biden when he announced last Thursday the upcoming Covid-19 vaccine mandates for American businesses. According to this article from Yahoo Finance, “a new Labor Department “emergency temporary standard” will require all companies with 100 employees or more to assure all workers are vaccinated against the coronavirus, or test unvaccinated […]

Cemetery Regulations

Arlington National planning to limit burials

Arlington National Cemetery, our nation’s national cemetery, is somewhat between a rock and a hard place as they plan the future of the cemetery.  I don’t think anybody disagrees with Karen Durham-Aguilera, the cemetery’s executive director when she states, “We want to be open.  We want to have that opportunity for that 5-year-old who’s going to raise their hand one day to serve this great nation. So to be able to do that, we need to plan for our future.” […]

Products

Good Grief to be seen in USA, Canada, and Great Britain

It was announced recently that the New Zealand comedy series, Good Grief, has had its North American and United Kingdom rights purchased by the AMC Network.  You can see a clip of the series here. The series, which is entering its second season, is co-created and co-written by Eve and Grace Palmer who also star in the series as Ellie and Gwen Goode.  According to this article from Deadline, “it is a comedy series set in small New Zealand town […]

Finance

InvoCare reports first half year. . . gives us a glimpse of future funeral home revenue sources

InvoCare, the largest public purveyor of death care services in Australia, reported their first half year results for 2021 recently.  The earnings call transcript, which you can access here, also gave some glimpses into the future of funeral service companies, at least in Australia. As you may know, Australia has had a severe lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic.  The first half of 2021 eased those restrictions somewhat and that was partially the reason that InvoCare saw a 13% increase in […]

Business

A perspective on the times, what we do. . and why

I was going to write today’s article on some business things to check into after Labor Day.  However, that article will wait until tomorrow.  When I read the Minneapolis Star Tribune editorial pages yesterdayI came across a short article written for the 1981 Labor Day.  You can access that article here. Now 1981 — that’s 40 years ago.  It also happens to be the first Labor Day for me after I had been a full-time employee for at least one […]