funeral business

A roadblock in Delaware

By Funeral Director Daily / July 12, 2024 /

    All states have some type of restriction on who can fill in and file death certificates online.  And, in most states, that responsibility lies many times with licensed funeral directors and morticians.  This article from Delaware Public Radio WDDE tells us of a discrimination lawsuit being filed by the American Civil Liberties Union…

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Family-run firms expand in Indiana and Wales . . and “Have it All”

By Funeral Director Daily / July 11, 2024 /

  For the past three days Funeral Director Daily has ran feature articles that deal with the major public companies in our profession — Matthews International, Service Corporation International, and Carriage Services.  While lots of attention goes to those big companies I continually remind myself that “Death Care” is a local and home-grown business.  …

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Minnesota’s “Transfer Care Specialist” category is now effective

By Funeral Director Daily / July 5, 2024 /

    In an effort to help alleviate some of the worker shortages in the funeral home profession the State of Minnesota Legislature passed what is known as the “Transfer Care Specialist” category for funeral homes this past session.  That category of workers became effective on July 1 and is now in effect.   In…

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Public consumer funeral operating companies show stock price growth in first-half of 2024

By Funeral Director Daily / July 2, 2024 /

    The Funeral Director Daily Death Care Index (DCI) which consists of five stocks that deal in Death Care in some way continued to move lower in the 2nd Quarter of 2024 which ended last Friday.  As a matter of fact, the only stock in the DCI that moved forward in the 2nd Quarter…

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Politics, political correctness, and your funeral home

By Funeral Director Daily / July 1, 2024 /

    It was almost impossible last week to live in the United States and not know or hear about the Presidential Debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.  Even if you didn’t want to know it was happening, you knew anyway because it dominated the news and announcements on almost every…

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Lots of competition. . .lots of opportunity

By Funeral Director Daily / June 28, 2024 /

    I received the July 2024 edition of The Director and read many of the articles.  One that interested me was authored by Curtis Rostad and was titled “Prices vs. The Internet”.  I enjoyed the entire article and think the author makes a great point, but what really captivated me was his perception that almost…

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Homesteaders Life partners with Gather’s case management platform

By Funeral Director Daily / June 27, 2024 /

    Homesteaders Life Insurance Company of Iowa has been in the news a lot lately.  The preneed company that issued its first policy for final expenses in 1906 most recently announced in this press release that they have formed a partnership with Gather’s case management platform.   According to the press release,  “The new…

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Banks, Northey to present Funeral365 webinar tomorrow

By Funeral Director Daily / June 25, 2024 /

  Funeral365, the management solution company for funeral service, is presenting a free online seminar tomorrow, Wednesday, June 26, at 4 pm Eastern Time (3 pm Central Time).   Here’s what the people at Funeral365 say that you can learn from this presentation: The current state of the deathcare industry and financial trends Innovative approaches…

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Funeral directors need to promote “Funeral Celebrants”

By Funeral Director Daily / June 20, 2024 /

    It is my opinion that the lack of people to preside over ceremonies for the dead may in the future have a limiting effect on the number of ceremonies that are held. . . . which would be detrimental to those in the funeral home and memorial businesses.   I understand that conducting…

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Will SCI take a run at Park Lawn Corporation?

By Funeral Director Daily / June 18, 2024 /

    Service Corporation International (SCI) is the largest operator in North America among funeral home and cemetery operators.  They will do somewhere near $4.2 billion in revenue this year while we believe their largest competitors, Carriage Services and Park Lawn Corporation will do somewhere about $400 million and $300 million respectfully.  In essence, by…

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