Tag: crematory

Finance

Foundation Partners adds Washington state acquisition

Foundation Partners Group (FPG), the privately held death care consolidator with headquarters in Orlando, Florida, announced earlier this week an acquisition to add to their 160 plus facilities. In this press release you can read that FPG acquired the Klontz Funeral Home and Cremation Services company based in Auburn, Washington.  According to the press release, this will give FPG 11 locations in the state of Washington.  Here is a United States map showing Foundation Partners locations. According to the press […]

Cremation

Green up your cremations by recycling

There’s a lot of talk in our industry today about the disposition movements such as recomposition (human composting), alkaline hydrolysis (water cremation), and green burials.  All of those fairly new ideas for human dispositions argue that they are more environmentally friendly than casketed earth burial and cremation. While that is more than likely true. . . .and we can see modest growth over time in those processes as choices of the consumer, it is our prognosis at Funeral Director Daily […]

Finance

Foundation Partners adds New Mexico locations

It didn’t take long into 2021 to hear of news on the acquisition front.  This press release will tell you of the Foundation Partners Group (FPG) acquisition of three funeral homes in New Mexico. According to the press release the company acquired the Riverside Funeral Homes located in Albuquerque, Los Lunas, and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  These three locations will be FPG’s first foray into the New Mexico market. The funeral homes were owned by Charlie Finnegan who had expanded […]

Business

Will we see shifts in funeral home employment post-pandemic?

I’ll tell you right away that this is one of those articles I write that you probably won’t get any answers from.  As a matter of fact, I hope you go away from today’s article asking questions and thinking about the future.  It’s the kind of article that I like writing, though . . . because it is all thought and conjecture. . . I can’t be proved wrong, yet!! So, I read a couple of articles over the weekend.  […]

Finance

Foundation Partners Group adds Florida funeral homes

Earlier this week Foundation Partners Group, the Orlando based funeral home, crematory, and cemetery operator announced that it had purchased a company that operated three locations in Southwest Florida.  You can read the press release on the acquisition here. Foundation Partners Group announced that it had acquired the Akin-Davis Funeral Homes.  They also announced that this addition will bring their total number of funeral homes in the state of Florida to 30 locations. Akin-Davis Funeral Homes have served their communities […]

Cremation

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, […]

Cremation

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 […]

Finance

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 […]