Tag: funeral care


International acquisitions – Propel adds Kiwi firms, Ontario firm happy after one year

We learned last week that Propel Funeral Partners that operates out of Australia and New Zealand had purchased the Dils Group which has locations in New Zealand and Australia.  The Dils Group is said to have performed about 800 services last year and brought in revenue of about US $ 4.96 million. You can see a video and story on this acquisition from the Finance News Network here. That revenue of about US $ 4.96 million would equate to about […]


Funeral Directors: Know that you are appreciated

For almost 35 years I went about doing my job as an owner/operator of a mortuary.  I answered calls, I did some embalmings, I met with families, and I conducted thousands of funerals.  I know that by my nature that I am a “people pleaser” and I always strived to please everyone whom I was working for.  If that meant staying late for a visitation. . fine. . . if it meant missing watching a Vikings game on a Sunday […]


Foundation Partners adds to California presence

Funeral Director Daily received word last week that Foundation Partners Group, the Orlando based operator of funeral homes, cremation centers, and cemeteries, has acquired the Bermudez Family Cremations and Funerals operation in Monterey, California. That acquisition expands the Foundation partners network in California to eight locations. Here’s what Foundation Partners Group CEO Bob Bukala had to say about the acquisition, “Bermudez Family Cremations and Funerals makes a great addition to our growing portfolio of operations in Northern California.  The business […]


The Power of Long-Range Planning

On Sunday morning my wife, Angie, and I were talking over the ramifications of what Congress may do in its balancing act to keep the economic security of the United States in tact as the pandemic rages on.  We were discussing the additional $600 weekly unemployment payment per furloughed or unemployed worker and the long term implications on what it might do to America.  While we believe that we are sympathetic to the needs of our county’s people, we also […]

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A new world of death care start ups

Earlier in July Funeral Director Daily featured an article entitled, “Does death care have a consumer influencer?”  The article pertained to our profession and wondered out loud if death care had someone that was able to “influence” consumers as to their choice of death care.  That “influencer group” is in a lot of other industries and the article questioned who influences death care. And, we all know that the death care consumer will – and already is – evolving in […]


Coronavirus illness among staff closes funeral home

This was bound to happen so we probably should not be surprised by this headline.  However, it still seemed surreal to me when I read in this article from the Arizona Daily Star that a Tucson, Arizona, funeral home had been closed due to “a number of staff” members falling ill and being required to self-quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. The article tells of the Adair Funeral Home on North Dodge Boulevard in Tucson that had […]


Foundation Partners ready for surge

In this press release that we found on the PR Newswire, funeral home operator Foundation Partners Group has announced that it is ready to serve America during the potential surge wave of COVID-19 across the country.  Quoting from the release, “Foundation Partners Group , operator of more than 135 funeral homes, cremation centers and cemeteries across the U.S., is prepared with the experience, resources, and technology to safely care for grieving families during this unprecedented outbreak. The following is a […]


SCI reports 4th Qtr and Year End numbers

Even though yesterday was the President’s Day holiday and the markets were closed across America, Service Corporation International took the opportunity to report their financial numbers for the 4th Quarter of 2019 and also for the Year End 2019.  We will just report some of the numbers today and after we have a chance to digest the company’s conference call with brokers we will add more commentary. Here is a report from SCI on 4Q 2019 and Year End 2019. […]


It’s Wreaths Across America Week

As a child and even as a young funeral director, I distinctly remember a plaque in our family funeral home that stated, “Show me the manner in which a nation cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender mercies of it’s people, their respect for the laws of the land, and their loyalty to high ideals“. That quote is attributed to Sir William Ewert Gladstone, Prime Minister of Great Britain beginning in 1868.  It’s something […]


Maine veterans’ cemetery going green

A project set to begin this fall for 554 pre-placed crypts at the Southern Maine Veterans’ Cemetery will also include 234 “green burial” graves that will be created.  According to this article from the Journal Times, cemetery superintendent Scott Brown commented that, “It will be the first state (veterans) cemetery in the nation to have this.”  The article went on to mention that three national veterans cemeteries are also preparing to have this option — in Colorado, New York, and […]