Hydrogen energy being tested to potentially “green up” cremation

By Funeral Director Daily / June 6, 2024 /

    In what is what we believe to be a first around the world, the Worthing Crematorium in southern Great Britain has become the first to have one of its cremation chambers switch to hydrogen energy.  In what has became known as the “Worthing HyCrem Project”, one of the three cremators at the Worthing…

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Investors prove wary of traditional funeral home stocks in 2023

By Funeral Director Daily / January 8, 2024 /

    In a year when the “Magnificent Seven” technology stocks led a robust rebound in the technology heavy NASDAQ stock index it appears that investors in traditional funeral home and cemetery public companies looked on with a wary eye as to how those companies would fare moving into the next stage of death care…

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Matthews International. . . its history and its business

By Funeral Director Daily / October 23, 2023 /

A recent article in Smart Business Pittsburgh magazine featured the Death Care conglomerate Matthews International.  Matthews is known in Death Care from Matthews Memorialization which includes the ability to supply to funeral homes and cemeteries products such as caskets, cremation equipment, and cemetery markers among a host of products.   The article, which you can…

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Death Care Index drops, now in negative position for the year

By Funeral Director Daily / October 9, 2023 /

  The 3rd Quarter of 2023 ended with the end of September and we thought it would be a good time to take a look at how the public companies in Death Care have held up over the course of the past quarter and past nine months.  From our point of view it looks like…

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Park Lawn Corporation discussed in Seeking Alpha article

By Funeral Director Daily / September 20, 2023 /

  Part of our mission at Funeral Director Daily is to help the individual funeral home owner or operator understand all facets of their business better and in more depth so that they have the knowledge to make decisions moving forward.  In my 35 years of owning and operating a funeral home I tried to…

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Avoid politics for best business results

By Funeral Director Daily / June 21, 2023 /

      I grew up in a home that was pretty conservative and my parents voted that way but never talked about it to anybody.  We operated a funeral home and we were open to helping people and doing business with people whether they had our viewpoints or not.   I also grew up…

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Selling Death Care in a “Limitless” world

By Funeral Director Daily / May 8, 2023 /

    Last week I spoke in front of a small audience of funeral directors and commented on what I see happening in the Death Care world.  One of the things that I have noticed that is very similar to the funeral home world that I worked in is that death care clientele have three…

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Acquisitions, buy-outs, creative ideas. . . here’s a recap of our month’s top stories

By Funeral Director Daily / February 27, 2023 /

    We are a little bit late this month but here are the stories that our readers found most interesting over the last 30 days. . .well, actually the 30 days from January 15, 2023, to February 15, 2023.  There’s something for everybody in these articles — acquisitions, buy-outs, local promotion, corporate thoughts, and…

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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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Here’s some creative ideas that have added traffic to local funeral homes

By Funeral Director Daily / January 23, 2023 /

  Back in junior high school when I took aptitude tests for future employment ideas the results for my tests were always that I should go into “Marketing”.  I pursued mortuary science but I do believe that my “marketing aptitude” was helpful in building our funeral home business.   And, while “marketing” can be about…

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