Tag: funeral home

Preneed

Americans would rather talk about any subject than death

Recently I came across this article from the Insurance NewsNet based on a survey from health insurer, Ethos.  The article was based on what traditionally taboo subjects would people be willing to talk about.  Turns out that 81% of the people were willing to talk about Money, but at the bottom of the list came “Death” which only 32% of the survey subjects were willing to talk about. In between those extreme numbers came Mental Health -56%, Sex – 48%, […]

Afternoon Edition

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 […]

Business Products

Where is Death Care headed in 2022 and beyond?

One of the great things about beginning a New Year is that we have a chance to speculate where those next 365 days will bring us.  That speculation also gives us a little perspective on where the trends are moving that will carry our profession into the future.  So here’s my take on some of the issues that existing funeral service faces. . . . I think that there are five trends that are happening in society right now that […]

Finance

Security National Memorial segment increases earnings 125% for first nine months of 2021

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) released this press release earlier in November which memorialized their operations for the 3rd Quarter of 2021 as well as the first nine-months of 2021.  The Utah based company operates in three business segments with one of those segments being what they call their Memorial Segment. For the nine months ended on September 30, 2021, the Memorial Segment reported revenue of $20.5 million as compared to nine-month sales in 2020 of $14.8 million. . . […]

Business Products

More companies hope to cash in on the changing face of Death Care

I recently read this article where Bank of America has profiled 14 future “moonshot” technologies that they believe could offer vast wealth to those who are lucky enough to invest in them.  In reading that article, I realized that, to a certain extent we have, maybe not moonshot technologies, but at least planetary technologies in the death care business finding funding almost every day.  In essence, there is a lot of interest in the “new technology” of Death Care. Bank […]

Products

Good Grief to be seen in USA, Canada, and Great Britain

It was announced recently that the New Zealand comedy series, Good Grief, has had its North American and United Kingdom rights purchased by the AMC Network.  You can see a clip of the series here. The series, which is entering its second season, is co-created and co-written by Eve and Grace Palmer who also star in the series as Ellie and Gwen Goode.  According to this article from Deadline, “it is a comedy series set in small New Zealand town […]

Business Regulations

Canadian arbitrator rules tattoos, nose piercing acceptable funeral home employee expression

In a decision that came down in early July 2021 a Canadian arbitrator has ruled against a funeral home and for its two employees in a case involving employees rights to a pierced nose and un-covered tattoos.  You can read the article from Canada’s National Post on the decision here. In essence, the decision by arbitrator Amal Garzouzi stated, “(the funeral home) is violating its workers’ rights and offered no proof the body art upset grieving clients.”  Garzouzi continued, “The […]

Finance

Death Care outpaces Dow, Nasdaq, and S&P for first third of 2021

For the first time that I can remember since I have followed what is termed the Death Care Index (DCI), the DCI for a period of time has outpaced the standard measures of America’s public companies, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the Nasdaq, and the S & P 500.  For the time period of January 1, 2021, through the close of business last Friday, April 30, 2021, the Death Care Index has grown at a pace of 17.7%. The DCI, […]

Business

Will we see shifts in funeral home employment post-pandemic?

I’ll tell you right away that this is one of those articles I write that you probably won’t get any answers from.  As a matter of fact, I hope you go away from today’s article asking questions and thinking about the future.  It’s the kind of article that I like writing, though . . . because it is all thought and conjecture. . . I can’t be proved wrong, yet!! So, I read a couple of articles over the weekend.  […]

Afternoon Edition

Potential COVID surge has states thinking death care, state budget surprises

Last week you could not turn on the news without hearing of the potential for the COVID-19 virus to spread rapidly because of Thanksgiving and other upcoming holiday travel.  We found a couple of articles pertaining to states and how they may handle the number of deceased bodies that may come with that potential surge. In Minnesota, the Governor has purchased a cold storage warehouse to help out state funeral directors and in New York, the state is looking at […]