death care

Thursday morning news items

By Funeral Director Daily / March 14, 2019 /

We saw a couple news items that were fairly unique as to their content and thought that we would bring our readers both of them today with very little commentary on our part. The first item that we found concerned a funeral home in Nova Scotia, Canada, where the public service is warning against crematoriums…

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Funeral Services and Public Companies – Part 1 – SCI

By Funeral Director Daily / March 7, 2019 /

Every so often someone asks me what I think of the funeral/cremation/cemetery companies that are in the public ownership realm.  So, today I will start giving you my opinions of what I think each is trying to, or should try to accomplish.  Each in this series of write ups will be my day to be…

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Expanding your business

By Funeral Director Daily / March 6, 2019 /

The common held belief in the funeral and cremation services business is that people will always need death care professionals to execute the lawful disposition of the deceased.  However, another trend that has been taking place over the past ten years is that a larger percentage of the client families that you serve will be…

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Payne, Brink comment on Carriage Services going forward

By Funeral Director Daily / February 27, 2019 /

On February 22 Carriage Services executives including CEO Mel Payne and Chief Financial Officer Ben Brink held a call with investment advisors relating to the Full Year 2018 results of Carriage Services.  You can read a full transcript of that call here. A few days ago we reported on the earnings report in this column…

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Community Heroes all around funeral service

By Funeral Director Daily / February 26, 2019 /

While I was researching for articles for today’s post it just hit me as I looked at the articles and I realized that just about everyday some funeral director is written up in their local newspaper because what they have meant to their community.  Most of us are happy to be in the background just…

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Service Corporation reports 4th Qtr and Year End

By Funeral Director Daily / February 20, 2019 /

America’s largest owner of funeral homes reported their 2018 4th quarter and 2018 Year End results on Monday, February 18.  You can read a copy of the press release from Service Corporation International here. For the year, Service Corporation reported revenue of $3.190 billion as compared to 2017’s $3.095 billion — an increase in revenue…

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A First for Memphis

By Funeral Director Daily / February 18, 2019 /

After Life Mortuary Services opened last October and according to this article from the Memphis Commercial Appeal it is believed to be the first Memphis mortuary service to be owned and operated by black women.  According to co-owner Dana Taylor, “It’s probably because it’s been a male-dominant field, and it’s been that way for years. …

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What do you see on the Horizon?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 13, 2019 /

The other day a funeral service professional asked me, “What do you see on the horizon for funeral service?”  Since I have not put out any predictions for over a year I thought I would just give an answer on what comes to mind first for me.  Instead of a long, thought out answer sometimes…

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StoneMor receives financing, completes asset review

By Funeral Director Daily / February 5, 2019 /

Yesterday StoneMor Partners issued a press release which you can read here.  In it they “announced a number of key financial and operational updates representing further steps forward in its ongoing turnaround effort.  These steps include a waiver and amedment of certain loan covenants, growth financing from its largest investor and the completion of an…

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Finding the Right Managment

By Funeral Director Daily / February 5, 2019 /

I came into the funeral business somewhat reluctantly at age 19 when my father suddenly passed away and mom needed someone who would be interested in carrying on the family business.  I’ve said many times, the Lord knew what he was doing, because as I reluctantly got involved I learned I was pretty good at…

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