funeral business

Death Care continues to lag other market sectors

By Funeral Director Daily / April 1, 2024 /

  The American stock market closed on Thursday, March 28, 2024, for the last time in the calendar of the 2024 First Quarter.  If you look at the results so far for the overall market for these first 3 months you would have to say that the results of the 1st Quarter as to the…

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Discretion over Valor

By Funeral Director Daily / March 27, 2024 /

    I was reminded this week that many times “Discretion is the choice over Valor”.  In writing today’s column, which will eventually get down to the Death Care business, I’m going to share a little of my weekend and how I came to write this for today.   If you read Funeral Director Daily…

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America’s military cemeteries face financial backlog for upkeep and improvements

By Funeral Director Daily / March 25, 2024 /

    Kansas United States Senator Jerry Moran recently testified at a United States Senate Veterans Affairs Committee meeting that “When mourning a death the last thing a grieving family needs is some bureaucratic hurdle or some substandard support.”   That comment came in response to the information provided, according to this article,  that “there…

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Well intentioned rules and regulations need to be thought through, clarified

By Funeral Director Daily / March 20, 2024 /

    Well-intentioned rules and regulations are put into place by organizations.  Sometimes, however, like America has found out with the disastrous “de-fund the police” movement, the results are not what the organizers intended them to be.   I think it is a little like that with the new dictate that the Veterans Administration has…

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Friday was a “Great Day” for funeral service

By Funeral Director Daily / March 18, 2024 /

    Friday was March 15 or the “Ides of March”.  And, it appears that Friday, March 15, 2024, was a better day for funeral service than Friday, March 15, 44 BC was for Julius Caesar.   Funeral service has been hit with a lot of bad publicity lately about certain funeral providers not always…

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The “Ides of March” and time for our most-read stories

By Funeral Director Daily / March 15, 2024 /

        It’s the “Ides of March” today — representing the 74th day of the Roman calendar and the day in ancient Rome that was the deadline for settling debts from the previous year. . . .Of course, the “Ides of March”, or the 15th of March, has also became known for betrayal…

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“See No Fees” looks to funeral industry for growth

By Funeral Director Daily / March 15, 2024 /

    If you are an independent funeral home owner you know it is not all about just being a great funeral director and/or embalmer anymore. You need to be a solid business-person and understand how the revenue you take in for your services moves to the bottom line as profits without getting gobbled up…

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Our Take: Park Lawn/Carriage Services 2023 dance ending with no agreement probably worked out best for all concerned

By Funeral Director Daily / March 14, 2024 /

      Back in 2017 when I served on the board of the University of Minnesota I had a hand in the hiring of new Head Football Coach P.J. Fleck.  Coach Fleck is still there and has had some success coaching in the Big Ten.  Outside of the improvement of our team, I have…

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We now live in the “Information” world. . . time to put prices online or risk being “Gone with the Wind”

By Funeral Director Daily / March 13, 2024 /

      I’ve talked about the book, Megatrends, by John Naisbitt before.  It was published in 1982 and sold 14 million copies and after reading it about the time it was written, its “Social Forecasting”, and my belief in that concept, played a major role in building my funeral business and other businesses I…

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Carriage Services CEO Carlos Quezada on 2023 Results: “. . instills confidence and excitement”

By Funeral Director Daily / March 1, 2024 /

  American funeral home and cemetery operator Carriage Services recently shared the results of their 4th Quarter and Year-End financials with the public.  In doing so, and in spite of a continuing COVID “pull forward” impact resulting in modest declines in funeral contract volume experienced during the year, the company reported total 2023 revenues 3.3%…

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