Foundation Partners adds to California presence

By Funeral Director Daily / August 11, 2020 /

Funeral Director Daily received word last week that Foundation Partners Group, the Orlando based operator of funeral homes, cremation centers, and cemeteries, has acquired the Bermudez Family Cremations and Funerals operation in Monterey, California. That acquisition expands the Foundation partners network in California to eight locations. Here’s what Foundation Partners Group CEO Bob Bukala had…

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Afternoon round-up

By Funeral Director Daily / July 14, 2020 /

Our feature today in our afternoon edition comes to us from the  That is the online edition of the Keene (NH) Sentinel and today’s article features Keene Funeral Director Susan Simonds. Ms. Simonds is the operating manager of two funeral homes in Keene, both of which happen to be affiliated with the Dignity Memorial…

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TGIF – It’s been quite a week!!

By Funeral Director Daily / February 7, 2020 /

Let’s see. . . Super Bowl, State of the Union Speech, Impeachment Vote, my Minnesota Twins got involved in a blockbuster baseball trade, and my Minnesota Gophers beat arch-rival Wisconsin in basketball. . . it’s been quite a week to keep everything straight.  To end it for my Funeral Director Daily readers I will not…

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New facilities around the country

By Funeral Director Daily / November 22, 2019 /

As we go into the weekend we just thought we would update our readers with some new construction going on in the death care business.  The following articles pertain to individual or family owned businesses either being started or being expanded. As we have seen many times with the ideas of proposed crematories — there…

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Death care and the (near term) changes coming

By Funeral Director Daily / August 12, 2019 /

We all know that over the long-term, such as the past 40 years between 1980 and now, change has occurred in the death care industry mainly by the advent of the almost universal acceptance of cremation.  Most funeral homes have been able to weather that storm by offering services for both types of choices in…

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Ling opines: “Death stocks . .clinging to life”

By Funeral Director Daily / June 25, 2019 /

Financial writer Benen Ling published on Seeking Alpha an article on the United States public funeral home and cemetery companies last week.  He titled his article, “These Death stocks are barely clinging to life”.  You can read the article here. Ling writes a good article and makes some great points about our profession and the…

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Foundation Partners Acquires South Carolina Firm

By Funeral Director Daily / October 15, 2018 /

Last week we learned that Orlando based Foundation Partners Group had acquired The Island Funeral Home and Crematory and Cremation Simplified in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  According to a press release that you can read here, that purchase expanded Foundation Partner’s network of funeral homes in South Carolina to eleven locations. Funeral Director Daily take: …

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InvoCare moves forward despite headwinds Down Under

By Funeral Director Daily / August 21, 2018 /

Australian funeral service market share leader, InvoCare, is moving forward with capital expenses aimed at becoming more appealing to Baby Boomers in spite of several headwinds on funeral service down under.  You can read an article from Australian Financial Review on the slowing of InvoCare’s business here. In the article InvoCare CEO, Martin Earp, mentions…

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Inside the Numbers at Matthews International

By Funeral Director Daily / July 30, 2018 /

Matthews International reported its 2018 fiscal year 3rd quarter results last week.  You can read the company’s press release and report here. As you may know the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania based public company operates in three segments:  Brand Solutions, Industrial Technologies, and Memorialization.  Their Memorialization segment is what we are concerned with in the death care…

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Some History on Matthews International

By Funeral Director Daily / September 8, 2017 /

One of my adages about being in business is that you have to know who you are doing business with.  One of the truly great things about being involved with funeral services is that most of the people and companies that we relate to have a history of solid business and ethical principles to relate…

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