funeral businesses

Park Lawn withdraws Carriage Services offer

By Funeral Director Daily / October 3, 2023 /

  Yesterday Park Lawn Corporation issued a press release stating that “it has declined to participate further in Carriage Services, Inc.’s (NYSE: CSV) (“Carriage”) previously announced strategic review process and that it has withdrawn its all cash proposal to purchase the outstanding stock of Carriage.”   The press release which you can read here also…

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Pricing is relative, but one low-cost provider can beat us all up

By Funeral Director Daily / October 2, 2023 /

  Inflation has set in. . . I recently had to install a new air conditioning condenser to our existing HVAC combination unit.  An air conditioning condensor, like a funeral or cremation expense, is something you don’t buy everyday. . . . in fact, maybe less than once a decade.   And, when I called…

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Seeking Alpha article explains Carriage Services

By Funeral Director Daily / September 7, 2023 /

    About three weeks ago on August 16, 2023, an author at Seeking Alpha published this article on funeral home and cemetery operator Carriage Services.  It is an interesting article that you should read as I think the author has a “better than most” understanding of how the death care market operates.   In…

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Acquisitions: Two companies, two countries, two continents. . . and more

By Funeral Director Daily / August 22, 2023 /

    Today we will try to catch our readers up with what has been happening in the acquisition pipeline for a couple of the public companies. . . .   First of all, we will tell you that we received this press release last week from Park Lawn Corporation announcing the acquisition of the…

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How much government intervention is enough?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 10, 2023 /

    I think the last few years, especially in some of America’s largest urban centers, we’ve learned that the rule of law is essential in a democracy.  It’s imperative that we have laws and even business regulations so that all people play by the same set of rules.   However, sometimes it feels like…

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Titan Casket appears on CBS Sunday Morning

By Funeral Director Daily / April 27, 2023 /

    I’ve been maligned and others in the profession have told me I am wrong when I say the funeral directors and funeral home owners can be “Entrepreneurial”.   Several people have dropped me notes or emails that tell me I am “dead wrong” and death care is a business that is not entrepreneurial, but…

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Design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune completes “unusual assignment’ of urn

By Funeral Director Daily / July 5, 2022 /

Claesson Koivisto Rune design studio co-founder Marten Claesson made the following comment in this recent article from dezeen, “This is an unusual assignment for us.  The funeral homes of Sweden are dominated by a few chains and Systrarna Ocklind is a very rare independent funeral home.. . . .(they) are daring to offer an alternative,…

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It’s summer time, the living is easy. . .and the mergers and acquisitions continue. .

By Funeral Director Daily / June 28, 2022 /

There is a saying where I come from that says, “It’s summer time and the living is easy”.  It conjures up thoughts of being on the golf course, and at the lake, and evenings around the fire pit — in general just simple laid back easy times to relax with family and friends. From what…

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The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier — The history behind this “Soul of America” Memorial

By Funeral Director Daily / November 12, 2021 /

The numbers 11-11-11 have always been significant when I think of November 11.  Yesterday was that day that we now refer to as Veteran’s Day in America or is referred to as Remembrance Day in Canada.  Those numbers, 11-11-11, refer to the day and time that the cease fire that ended World War I in…

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What about Closure?

By Funeral Director Daily / November 5, 2021 /

It’s Friday.  How about we take a couple of minutes to think about how death, dying, grief, and funerals deal with what is always termed as “Closure”.  Are you aware of how often we use the term?  What does it mean?  Do our client families desire this? I bring up the subject because this past…

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