direct cremation

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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Is time up for the Undertaker?

By Funeral Director Daily / June 2, 2023 /

    That headline, “Is time up for the Undertaker”, is the headline from this press release issued earlier in May on behalf of Great Britain’s direct cremation provider Pure Cremation.   Pure Cremation recently conducted what they call “The Big Future of Funerals Survey” and, according to their conclusions, it points to the fact…

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A tale of two companies. . .can they both be on the right track?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 14, 2023 /

    According to Wikipedia, which may or may not be accurate at this date, Co-op Funeralcare in Great Britain operates over 1,000 funeral homes in Great Britain and Dignity plc operates about 795 facilities across the same landscape.  If you assume that those numbers are somewhat accurate you would then surmise that Dignity plc…

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The great shift at Dignity plc

By Funeral Director Daily / October 12, 2022 /

There is no doubt that the establishment of the company Pure Cremation (company website here) and its business of what they call “no-fuss” direct cremation is making an impact on the death care business in Great Britain.  Launched in 2015 as a low-cost provider of cremation services, the company is changing how some death care…

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Is Great Britain the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for future U.S. death care purchases?

By Funeral Director Daily / August 10, 2022 /

This recent public relations press release indicating that a shift in attitudes of people in Great Britain about how people want to “Say Goodbye” to their loved ones makes one wonder if that shift will find its way across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. One report found that “sales of direct cremation plans…

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Another new concept. . . can it catch on?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 25, 2022 /

Only a couple of weeks ago Funeral Director Daily published an article entitled “Is an Event Center in your business future”.  I thought it was a fairly innocuous article about the growth of “event centers” and their potential as an off-site component of a retail death care business — both for direct cremation firms and…

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My hunch: Inflation, other factors will lead to rapid acceptance of “Online Direct Cremation”

By Funeral Director Daily / November 15, 2021 /

Thursday night into Friday morning brought Minnesota’s first snowfall of the 2021-2022 winter season.  It was light, but created slippery conditions outside that forced me onto an indoor treadmill run on Friday morning.  My 2 1/2 mile daily run is punctuated by the fact that I have a lot of stamina. . . just not…

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The FedEx strategy shift. . where do funeral homes go?

By Funeral Director Daily / September 23, 2021 /

Editor’s Note:   For as yet unknown technical reasons, our daily article was not sent out earlier this morning.  Sorry. . here it is. All things are created equal. . . . until they’re not.  In the death care business I’m not so sure all of the calls we get at our funeral homes are created…

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Death care start-ups Recompose and Pure Cremation keep moving forward

By Funeral Director Daily / June 30, 2021 /

New ideas come to the forefront in all industries from time to time.  Some never get going, some ideas stagnate, but it is really exciting when you see some ideas and concepts catch a tailwind and continue to move forward. In the last couple of weeks we have seen news from two death care start-ups,…

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Solace cremation company raises $1.745 million in seed funding

By Funeral Director Daily / June 14, 2021 /

“One flat price. $895. No Surprises.” That’s how direct cremation provider Solace describes themselves on their web-site.  And now, according to this article in Geekwire,  they have some cash behind them to spread that narrative about their company. Geekwire mentioned earlier this month that Solace has closed an oversubscribed funding round of $1.745 million with…

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