How’s your “Focus”?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 31, 2023 /

    “Focus” is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the center of interest or activity”.  We hear the word a lot.  For instance if you want to improve your golf game you might be told, depending on your present strengths, to “focus” on your weakness. . . and improve it, whether that is driving…

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2021 Final Stats: Death rates rise, life-expectancy drops in U.S.

By Funeral Director Daily / December 26, 2022 /

  According to this article from the Los Angeles Times, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) released final death statistics for the calendar year 2021 last week.   It’s interesting to note that the death rate (the percentage of Americans who die in a given year) has risen at the same time that life expectancy…

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Death Care Index mirrors NASDAQ on the year

By Funeral Director Daily / November 28, 2022 /

As we move into the final month of the calendar year it seems like no one has the financial markets figured out.  In a year of rising inflation and rising interest rates, raised with the intention of curbing the inflation, the stock market indices have looked confused as to whether the worst is past or…

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The consumer choice for cremation is not always financial

By Funeral Director Daily / August 31, 2022 /

Over the years I’ve heard from many consumers that their choice for a cremation disposition had nothing to do with price.  Even though I heard that often, and believed the people that told me that, as a funeral professional it was always hard to fathom when it seemed that everywhere you turned you saw cremations…

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Death care startup, Bare, raises over $6 million in Series A funding

By Funeral Director Daily / July 7, 2022 /

Bare, the Australian death care start-up that was founded in 2019 and already has a staff of 42 and has served over 15,000 Australians to date announced in June that it had raised AUS $10 million (US $6.82 million) in a round of Series A funding to advance their growth journey. This article from Smart…

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Death care stocks down 18% Year to Date

By Funeral Director Daily / June 27, 2022 /

I read this interesting article on Saturday morning from Yahoo Finance’s Morning Brief entitled “What to expect from a recession everyone sees coming“.  The author of the article makes this statement, “. . . recessions can be mild and short if the causes are anticipated and less systemic, and more severe and longer if they…

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The pandemic, health insurance and the effects on your business’ future

By Funeral Director Daily / May 12, 2022 /

I’m one that always tries to gather information from whatever source(s) I can when I analyze anything.  As we’ve moved through the Covid-19 pandemic that has been a frustrating proposition, because from my point of view, I have seen analysis and decisions all become too political in nature and I have a hard time deciphering…

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Park Lawn Corporation reports Year End 2021 — Revenues grow, Acquisitions total $125 million, tell of 5-year aspirations

By Funeral Director Daily / March 8, 2022 /

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC) the public company whose website tells of the company owning and operating 138 funeral homes and 135 cemeteries located in 16 states and 3 Canadian provinces, reported their 4th Quarter and Year End 2021 results last week.  And, like other public companies they were able to report success in almost all…

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Who’s paying for America’s funerals?

By Funeral Director Daily / December 22, 2021 /

Time has a way of changing one’s perspective.  I’ve told you before that I started in this business as a funeral director in 1980.  I was paid $1,000 per month and our funeral home conducted virtually 100% of our funerals in the traditional “casket, funeral, vault, burial” method.  I remember that the final billings, including…

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Considerations for a crematory

By Funeral Director Daily / December 16, 2021 /

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) showed statistics that cremation dispositions in the United States accounted for about 56% of all human dispositions in 2020.  I’m guessing that percentage will grow slightly for 2021 as it has every year for the past 40 or so years. CANA’s futuristic looking statistics, which have been pretty…

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