Tag: funeral business


Seeking Alpha feature article rates Service Corporation a “Buy”

According to this press release from Service Corporation International (SCI) the company is scheduled to announce the financial results of their 2nd Quarter of 2022 on Tuesday, August 2.  Prior to that however, last week author Daniel Jones of Seeking Alpha penned an opinion article on the company and rated the company a “Buy” in his opinion. Here’s what he said in conclusion of that article, “Based on the data provided, it looks to me as though Service Corporation International […]


NFDA President-Elect candidate parallels Military and Mortuary service

Fate determined that this was meant to be an article for Funeral Director Daily.  I’m very familiar with the “Journey to Serve” program launched by the Funeral Service Foundation and the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association (ICCFA) Educational Foundation, in part,  through the work of my friend Jim Price. The other day I noticed this article from the Employee Benefits News entitled “Why this organization is recruiting veterans into the funeral service industry”.  When I saw the article I knew […]

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Everybody’s reading Funeral Director Daily. . .here’s our top read stories of the past month

With almost 2,800 daily subscribers and about 13,000 page views every 30 days, there is no doubt that lots of death care professionals are reading Funeral Director Daily.  Stories that range from grief to employment issues to business articles means that over 30 days there is something of interest for everybody. Here are the articles that garnered the most views during the time period of June 15 to July 15. . . If you missed one of these articles make […]

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Hillenbrand ponders Batesville Casket’s future

A press release out of Batesville, Indiana, caught a lot of the death care profession off guard on Wednesday.  That press release, which you can read here, was from Hillenbrand Industries and announced that the company would “explore strategic alternatives for its Batesville business”. Here’s what parent company Hillenbrand Industries President and CEO Kim Ryan said in the release, “Today’s announcement is a defining moment for Hillenbrand, building on the exceptional work our teams have done to position our businesses […]


The cost of a funeral

I recently saw an article in The Hustle that compared the cost of three family outings in 1960 to the cost of those three family outings in 2022 — a period 62 years later.  And, just because I like to compare those types of things with all things “funeral”, I searched out prices that puts a traditional funeral and its prices into the equations for the same time period.  I’ve put the numbers in chart format which you can see […]


Will Millennials change death care purchasing?

That age group in the United States termed “Millennials” was born from 1981 to 1994 which makes their ages today range from about 28 years of age to about 41 years of age.  According to one source there are about 72 million of that age group in the United States which represents about 22% of the population. There are some that are arguing that this “Millennial” group of people has, or will, change death care.  According to this article from […]

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Roosevelt Investments provides timely webinar

It doesn’t matter where you are on the death care employment scale — whether being a supplier, a funeral home owner, an employee, or even a retired person from the profession, virtually everybody has a retirement account and wants to be informed enough to make the proper decisions for its growth.  We are fortunate to have one of Funeral Director Daily’s sponsors, Roosevelt Investments, be involved in analyzing what is happening with market conditions and where they believe the proper […]


The “Man in the Van” reprised

I’m guessing the funeral home entrepreneur “Man in the Van” has been around for going on 50 years.  My idea of the “Man in the Van” or mobile funeral home operator, is that individual funeral director business operator who operates without a permanent venue.  In essence, they take calls over the internet or the phone and make arrangements with families in the survivors’ homes.  Any services are conducted in public venues such as churches or cemeteries. They generally use trade […]

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CANA, NFDA offer valuable insights with conventions, programming

The Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is getting ready to host its 104th Annual Cremation Innovation Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, from August 17-19.  The event will have some of the most powerful speakers in the death care industry involved and on hand for operators to learn from. Brian Waters, funeral director, embalmer and host of Undertaking: The Podcast, kicks off CANA’s 104th Cremation Innovation Convention by questioning industry trends, ideas, best practices, and pretty much everything we do. According […]

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NFL Packers put “pocket” in jersey for cremated remains

I’m surprised I missed this article last October when it was originally published by CBS Sports.  However, I’m glad that I found it recently while researching another article for Funeral Director Daily. The article touches on sports but is, in my opinion, an article on death care, grief, the human psyche, and the movement of “remembrance” into a much more personal realm than many death care professionals acknowledge. The article points out that Green Bay Packers running back Aaron Jones […]