Tag: death care


The growth of the trade business

This week the Minneapolis Star Tribune did a really good piece on the role of the “Specialty” funeral director in our society.  What they referred to as the “Specialty” funeral director those of us in the industry have referred to as the “trade” service.  You can read the article here. The basics of the article dealt with the increased number of deaths in Minnesota coupled with the fact that there has been a decrease in the number of licensed funeral […]


15 month odyssey for Green Burial completed

A written article and video news story from NBC Connecticut that you can see here tells the story of the death and eventual burial of Ms. Tessa Pascarella.  The story is one of the difficulty of having a green burial on land you own and how that can be accomplished.  To me, it is also a touching story of a son who would not quit in his pursuit of “doing for his mother what she wanted done.” I don’t think […]


Bank of America on Service Corporation International

Last week a short article was written and published by the business channel CNBC on the merits of investing in death care company Service Corporation International.  You can read that article here. The article states that in the majority of the last economic downturns that Service Corporation has fared better than most stocks due to its position in, what they call, “the recession proof” death care industry. Funeral Director Daily take:  I own stock in Service Corporation International and have […]


Missouri close to allowing outdoor cremation in public

A Missouri legislative bill with nearly unanimous consent has recently passed out of the Missouri legislature and is awaiting Governor Mike Parson’s decision to sign the bill into law.  You can read more about this bill here from KansasCity.com. The bill, according to the article, would allow licensed funeral directors to organize outdoor cremations at licensed sites or private sites that have permits.  It was the idea of Kansas City Democrat legislator Jason Holsman who is quoted in the article, […]


Cemetery trends continue

One of the things that we have noticed in our two years of searching for articles on the funeral and cemetery professions is that there seems to be no shortage of articles about cemeteries which have been around for a long time but are now, for the first time, experiencing numbing financial stress.  We bring you this article and news video from NBC Los Angeles today that tells that same story about a 112 year old cemetery in Long Beach, […]


Friday around the profession

It’s Friday and we just thought that we would bring you some stories and/or news videos from around the profession to end the week.  Here is what we have for you today: Pet Loss:  This short news video story from a Texas television station tells the story of a pet crematory that has allegedly had a gas leak so that their crematories have been out of service for over a month.  Pet owners are disappointed,frustrated, and hurt, and the sheriff […]


Another way to help

Yesterday we told you of an effort to find unclaimed cremation remains permanent memorial places through a non-profit group.  Today we just want to tell funeral home operators of another way that they can help with the final memorialization of our veterans. I never thought of this issue before, but it is out there and this article from WFXG in Augusta,Georgia, tells of an old building that once housed the Dent Undertaking establishment.  The article tells of the discovery of […]

Cemetery Cremation

Good Samaritans still abound

We’ve advocated that one of the issues that funeral homes have to overcome to continue to serve the needs of families in need is to emphasize the fact the “Permanent Memorialization” matters.  By that we mean that cremated remains cannot just be left in a closet or left at the funeral home unclaimed.  They need to have a final resting place so the lives of those people can be remembered. Susan Cunningham is a Galesburg, Illinois, hospice nurse who realized […]


Australia. . . the harbinger of things to come?

The funeral and cremation profession in Australia is an industry that takes in about US $ 1.12 billion in revenue each year (all amounts in this article have been converted to U.S. values).  That’s only about 7% of the purported industry revenue of $16.3 billion that the United States death care profession reels in, however, it is enough to give a significant indication on what might be coming to the U.S. in the near future. The Australian industry, according to […]


Presidential visit pays off for livery company

This article from a European publication indicates that the recent visit to Ireland by President Donald Trump and his contingent paid off handsomely for an Irish based livery company. It is estimated that the Irish livery company JP Ward & Sons will receive close to $1 million during the Presidential trip that includes the D-Day 75th Anniversary remembrance.  JP Ward & Sons, according to the article, is a family owned livery company that also caters to the funeral profession. The […]