Tag: cremations


Park Lawn reports Q2 results

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC), the Toronto based consolidator and operator of funeral homes and cemeteries reported their financial results for the 2nd Quarter of 2019, the period that ended June 30, 2019, yesterday.  You can see a short synopsis of the results in this press release. Park Lawn’s CEO Andrew Clark is quoted in the release, “PLC delivered strong per share growth for our shareholders through solid operating results for the first half of 2019.  PLC continues the successful execution […]


Have you planned your pre-need marketing?

I noticed yesterday when I drove past the local fairgrounds that everything was getting set up for our county fair.  I then realized, wow, it is the middle of August and fair time already. For many of us in the upper midwest fair time signifies harvest and the start of another school year just around the corner come Labor Day.  Back when I was operating a funeral home, it also signified that it was time to ramp up the pre-need […]


El Paso funeral homes to aid shooting victims

While the event that led to the offer is certainly something that no city anywhere should have to go through, we have learned today in this media release that many funeral homes in El Paso, Texas, will offer free services to those killed in the mass shooting attack in that city on Saturday. As of this writing, twenty people have been confirmed dead in the attack. The death care profession has always been known as one that gives local support […]


A glimpse into things to come

The state of Colorado is in the news often these days.  Demographers tell us that in many ways it appears to be a bellwether of things to come in the United States.  It is growing by leaps and bounds, the diversity of the people is rapidly expanding to resemble what America’s diverse population will eventually be, and people are much more inclined to look at new options rather than follow old traditions than in other states — especially in the […]

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Better Place Forests. . . a new wave of memorialization

It seems like this medium is many times writing about the need for more permanent memorialization options to be available for our death care consumers.  It also seems like we spend a lot of time writing about new start-ups in the death care profession that are hoping to catch the new wave of consumer thinking.  Today, we are going to tell you about one new venture that we believe checks both of those boxes.  The venture is Better Place Forests.  […]


Community Heroes all around funeral service

While I was researching for articles for today’s post it just hit me as I looked at the articles and I realized that just about everyday some funeral director is written up in their local newspaper because what they have meant to their community.  Most of us are happy to be in the background just helping families through their grief and doing what we are supposed to do. However, in a world where blowing your own horn is seemingly done […]


The Reverence of Earth Burial?

It’s a proven point that if you want to build a successful business and follow the American dream of making a lot of money, you need to deliver on and provide, at the right price, what the consumer public wants.  I was fortunate enough about six years ago to listen to a friend of mine who asked me to listen to his son and potentially make an investment in a “food delivery” business his son was dreaming up.  Outside of […]


Cremation growing in France

It is always interesting to see what is happening in the death care profession around the world.  We recently came across this article from the Connexion with news from France that indicates the growing trend of cremation is also occurring in that country. According to that article 63% of the people asked in 2018 said that they would choose cremation over burial.  That is up from 51% just three years ago. In an increase similar to what we have seen […]


NFDA Publishes Annual Cremation and Burial Report

Every year the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) publishes their Cremation and Burial Report.  This year’s much anticipated copy was released on July 6, 2017.  It is an interesting document filled with statistics, research, and dialogue that should be a must read for every person in the Death Care industry.  You can read it here. The 2017 report, as I said is very interesting.  One thing that it points out is that, in keeping with the growing trend towards cremation, […]