Tag: crematory


What to do with unclaimed cremation remains

The article that I just read was all about Cremation #17263 that was left at the York, Nebraska, non-profit known as Blue Valley Community Action of York.  The cardboard box was left at a drop there in the middle of the night. It was discovered, according to the article you can read here, by volunteer Terry King who proceeded to open the cardboard box and discover Cremation #17263.  The article goes on to say that the police department was called, […]


Black smoke rising. . . bad PR for crematories

In the last couple of weeks we have seen headlines and television news stories about black smoke rising from crematory exhaust stacks.  This article and news video from WSVN of Miami, Florida, shows what appears to be a problem from a crematory near the community’s Little Havana neighborhood. Steven Bedoya, an environmental specialist supervisor of Miami-Dade County is quoted as saying this, “No one should see black smoke coming from any of the county’s 11 human crematories.”  Bedoya also said […]

Afternoon Edition Business

Afternoon edition: How COVID is changing funeral services, death in a Columbian cemetery, and more

There is no doubt that COVID-19 and the rules around social distancing are causing funeral homes and cemeteries to do the tasks required of them differently.  Today we share some of those subtleties and not so subtle aspects from Australia and America’s west coast funeral homes. We also have a story on how the disease is ravaging through Bogota, Columbia, and how a church deacon is keeping order  among one of its largest cemeteries. Finally, we bring you NFDA’s latest […]


Matthews Memorialization segment shows revenue gains in 3Q 2020

Matthews International, which operates on a fiscal year that begins on October 1 each year, released earnings reports last week.  The company has three operating segments and the one that is of interest to those of us in the death care profession is what Matthews refers to as its “Memorialization Segment”. Matthews Memorialization Segment consists of four divisions which you can learn more about here. Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions – Caskets, urns, remembrance jewelry Matthews Cemetery Products – Granite memorials […]

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Afternoon edition: Funeral director becomes WNBA’s all-time leading rebounder

We’ve got plenty of stories to tell you this afternoon, however, we felt that “topping our charts” was this article from ESPN.com that that chronicles a Tuesday night game in which  WNBA player Sylvia Fowles became the all-time leading rebounder in the history of that basketball league.  Sports leading Funeral Director Daily headlines?? The fact is that the 34-year old Fowles has used her off-season time to study mortuary science and intends to work as a funeral director once her […]


Judge overturns crematory variance, what’s coming up in our profession

Today’s afternoon edition tells of a Dayton, Ohio, decision by a judge that overturns a variance needed to operate a crematory.  Funeral Director Daily will also give you news of a large funeral home acquisition of six Ohio mortuaries.  Finally, we’ve got some other stories and a listing of some of the events for learning coming up over the next couple of weeks in our profession. News from the world of Death Care: Judge:  Dayton crematory should not have been […]

Afternoon Edition Cemetery

Afternoon edition. . .heavy on cemetery news

The afternoon edition of Funeral Director Daily weighs heavily with cemetery related news.  Let’s see. . . .we’ve got a name change, a cemetery hoping to receive historical certification, and a cemetery where Action News Troubleshooters tells of a cemetery where it took some time, but eventually, the consumer was taken care of.  Medway Cemetery completes final phase in process toward receiving national historical status.  Milford Daily News (MA) Action News Troubleshooters help widow with husband’s headstone.  WPVA – 6 […]


News from around the world of Death Care

In today’s afternoon snapshot we have lots of news from around the world.  In the United States, among other stories,  we found a news investigation on StoneMor and some of their cemetery properties in West Virginia.  We found an article and link to a webinar being produced by an Illinois family funeral home, and we found an article on a coroners primary election race in South Carolina where a young funeral director defeated a well entrenched incumbent. Internationally, we found […]


Another unique start up

Last November we brought you this article which told of a trend setting funeral establishment in London created by restauranteer Oliver Peyton, branded “Exit Here”.  It comes from an idea that Peyton had to provide more choice and fashion to death care arrangements in a rapidly increasing secularized Great Britain. Today we bring you another start up from Great Britain somewhat along the same lines.  It is a storefront funeral experience calling itself “Beyond” and is located in Aylesbury.  They […]


“Honored to be asked to Share”

Many of you who work in the death care business may know Jim Price.  Jim comes from a funeral service family and has worked full-time in the death care space for almost 50 years.  I met Jim about 30 years ago at a funeral profession golf event and have seen him annually for almost each of those 30 years. Jim continues to work in the profession.  However, it is probably fair to say that he spends lots of volunteer time […]