Confessions of a retired funeral director

By Funeral Director Daily / July 20, 2023 /

      I had an incident in church on Sunday that both the party I was involved with and myself laughed about at the time.  However, when I returned home I thought about the situation and wondered to myself, “Is it just me in this stage of life or is humanity, in general, losing…

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Will Illinois bill set a precedent for the future of cremation remains

By Funeral Director Daily / May 19, 2023 /

    A reader of Funeral Director Daily recently sent me information on Illinois HB 1367 that is a bill under consideration in the state legislature of Illinois that the bill’s author states in this radio interview will (allow for a) “concept of how cremated remains are handled in the future”.   According to this…

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Mapping Your Customer Journey: A Visual Tool for Deathcare Marketing

By Funeral Director Daily / March 22, 2023 /

    Editor’s Note:  Today Welton Hong, CEO and founder of RingRing Marketing takes over the pen and gives us some valuable advice on Deathcare marketing.  His article begins right here:   When was the last time you studied a map, planning out your route for a vacation or a trip to the ICCFA Convention?…

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Death Care Index takes step backwards in 2022

By Funeral Director Daily / January 3, 2023 /

  It will come as no surprise to any of you who pay attention to the investments in your 401k or IRA accounts, but the Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) took a step backwards in monetary value during the calendar year 2022.  The DCI now measures five companies with a business component in…

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2023: The Year of the Ancillary Sale

By Funeral Director Daily / January 2, 2023 /

  Last Friday I printed a story about five trends or happenings that I saw in calendar year 2022 and how they will relate to Death Care as we move into the future.  I’ve not been shy about saying two things are happening and will continue to happen.  Those two things are an increase in…

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Activist investors advocate for changes at Matthews

By Funeral Director Daily / December 20, 2022 /

  The first sentence from this article in The Star says all that needs to be said about what changes an investor group at Matthews International wants to take place, “Activist investor Barington Capital Group has built a stake in Matthews International Corp and argues the company needs to refresh its board, cut costs and…

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CANA announces “First-of-its-Kind” credential for Cremation Specialist

By Funeral Director Daily / December 1, 2022 /

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) has developed an all new program to train cremation specialists.  The first class begins in January 2023 and registration begins today.  The following is complete information from CANA: By 2033, cremation is predicted to be the preferred form of disposition in every state. Too many businesses see this…

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The Best of Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / November 23, 2022 /

In my home state of Minnesota there is a sports writer who every Thanksgiving creates an article and makes a case for the worst person or thing that has happened on the Minnesota sports scene in the past year.  I’ve taken some inspiration from that but have also taken into account something my mom drilled…

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Carriage Services misses on earnings and revenues, announces acquisitions in the pipeline

By Funeral Director Daily / August 1, 2022 /

Last week Carriage Services was the first death care related company to report its earnings for the March thru June 2022 period.  As you can see from this short article from Investors Observer, they missed the numbers in both categories – Revenues and Earnings – that the analysts had predicted for them to achieve.  Here’s…

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Two thoughts on the changing face of funeral service

By Funeral Director Daily / June 7, 2022 /

Over the last couple of weeks I have read a couple of articles that seem to indicate a path that death care is going — at least as some people see it.  The first article which you can read here is a public relations piece from the United Kingdom and is titled, “Cultural shifts and…

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