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Death Tech — will new technologies move forward

Want to deliver the audio at your own funeral with a text written after your death by your pastor or other spokesman?  Evidently, voice synthesizing technology can now make that happen. . . . a written text will mimic  your own voice, even after death giving you the opportunity to deliver your own funeral sermon. This article from Fortune entitled, “Tech can’t solve death.  But startups increasingly want to help with what comes after“, gives an insight into what may […]

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Will we look back at 2020 as a “high water mark” for change in the funeral profession

The first thing I will comment on is that if you look at the image I have put on this article, it should come with a question mark at the end. If you have followed my writings for any length of time you know that I like to try to spot trends and then hypothesize on what those trends may mean in the future.  Sometimes trends show the future and sometimes they sputter out and become short term changes of […]

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Afternoon edition: How COVID is changing funeral services, death in a Columbian cemetery, and more

There is no doubt that COVID-19 and the rules around social distancing are causing funeral homes and cemeteries to do the tasks required of them differently.  Today we share some of those subtleties and not so subtle aspects from Australia and America’s west coast funeral homes. We also have a story on how the disease is ravaging through Bogota, Columbia, and how a church deacon is keeping order  among one of its largest cemeteries. Finally, we bring you NFDA’s latest […]

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The power of “Positive”

An interesting article came out this past weekend from the Metrowest Daily News of suburban Boston.  The article, that you can read here, dealt with the changes in funeral service over time for some of the long established funeral homes west of Boston in Worcester, Massachusetts.  Some of the funeral homes questioned for the article have been in the same family ownership for 150 years and into the 6th generation. One of the owners mentions that when he was born […]

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Death care and the (near term) changes coming

We all know that over the long-term, such as the past 40 years between 1980 and now, change has occurred in the death care industry mainly by the advent of the almost universal acceptance of cremation.  Most funeral homes have been able to weather that storm by offering services for both types of choices in their establishment. At Funeral Director Daily we believe that choices will continue to be the mantra of the public with their decisions on death care.  […]

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Are You Ready for the Changes?

I read a tear jerker article yesterday in the Minneapolis Tribune that you can read here.  The article deals with the July 6 death of a 6 year old Iowa boy and how his parents are using his wishes from speaking candidly with him about what he would want for his funeral and burial preferences. The article relates how his parents – once they knew that his cancer was terminal – asked him about these traditionally adult topics and then […]

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The New “Man in a Van”

Yesterday we brought you information about Pure Cremation, the United Kingdom company thriving with its niche business of simply cremating the deceased at a low price and offering no services.  Today, we bring you this article from the Amarillo Globe-News.  The article introduces you to Lighthouse Funeral and Cremation Services. Lighthouse is the brainchild of funeral director Zack Sustaita and works without a physical location for providing services.  Lighthouse partners with local venues to hold funeral and cremation services and […]

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The Changing Face of the American Funeral

We have talked about it here before — how the American death care business is changing.  It all has to do with the changing culture of the American populous.  Not much has changed in what is accepted in America at the time of death — for the past forty years we have accepted burial, funerals, cremations, memorial services and the like.   It is just how this next generation of Americans plans to memorialize and celebrate their lives in different proportions […]