Foundation Partners Group becomes Wisconsin’s largest death care provider

By Funeral Director Daily / October 11, 2022 /

According to this press release from Foundation Partners Group, the acquisition of Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Services of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, will allow Foundation Partners Group (FPG) to become the largest funeral service provider in Wisconsin. Mark Krause, president of Krause Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, Inc. has agreed to sell his firm to the…

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Cremation rate at 57%. . . and it’s not coming down anytime soon

By Funeral Director Daily / July 28, 2022 /

I recently read this article from author Harold Ivan Smith from Baptist News.  Smith offers a unique perspective as he attended mortuary school, is a grief educator, and works as a celebrant for Forest Lawn Mortuaries in Palm Springs, California. Smith indicates in his article that cremation was probably about 1% of United States dispositions…

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CANA, NFDA offer valuable insights with conventions, programming

By Funeral Director Daily / July 18, 2022 /

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is getting ready to host its 104th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, from August 17-19.  The event will have some of the most powerful speakers in the death care industry involved and on hand for operators to learn from. Brian Waters, funeral director, embalmer and host…

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Design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune completes “unusual assignment’ of urn

By Funeral Director Daily / July 5, 2022 /

Claesson Koivisto Rune design studio co-founder Marten Claesson made the following comment in this recent article from dezeen, “This is an unusual assignment for us.  The funeral homes of Sweden are dominated by a few chains and Systrarna Ocklind is a very rare independent funeral home.. . . .(they) are daring to offer an alternative,…

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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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Canadian Direct Cremation provider to expand

By Funeral Director Daily / June 3, 2022 /

We learned in this article from Saltwire that Toronto, Ontario, based direct cremation provider Eirene is set to expand their services to the province of Nova Scotia. In business for two years in Ontario the provider offers a cremation package that includes death certificates, transportation, and estate administration support in addition to the removal of…

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Are we “Turning the Corner?”

By Funeral Director Daily / May 18, 2022 /

In the last few weeks I have heard and seen a lot about about staffing issues in the death care world.  For instance, I recently had a discussion with Ryan Thogmartin of Connecting Directors and he told me that their surveys from owners and managers indicate that staffing, employee issues, and just simply getting enough…

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The new casket merchants seek to raise funds

By Funeral Director Daily / December 2, 2021 /

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) says the 2020 cremation rate in the United States was 56.1%.  That same reliable group says that within the next decade – in 2030 – the national cremation rate will rise to 72.8%.  Considering the fact that the vast majority of cremations in the United States do not…

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Propel Funeral Partners raises capital, announces Share Purchase Program

By Funeral Director Daily / October 27, 2021 /

Propel Funeral Partners of Australia and New Zealand announced last week, in this announcement, that they had raised $AU 50.2 million via a placement with institutional investors.  They also announced that they are offering eligible existing shareholders the opportunity to purchase a total of up to $AU 10 million via a share purchase plan. Here’s…

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Park Lawn Corporation announces three acquisitions

By Funeral Director Daily / October 19, 2021 /

Toronto-based Park Lawn Corporation, a funeral home and cemetery owner and operator, announced in this press release last week that it had acquired three businesses which constitute an addition of six stand-alone funeral homes, one stand-alone cemetery, three combination funeral home/cemetery properties, and five event centers.  All businesses are located in their growing North Carolina…

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