Tag: funeral home

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 […]

Business

It’s not such a somber place anymore

My first real recollection of a funeral was when my father’s mother, my grandmother, died when I was five years old.  And, interestingly enough, even with my family in the funeral profession, what I remember about the “funeral” was not being allowed to go.  I can actually remember being held at home with a babysitter, while my older brother who was nine years old got all dressed up and left the house with my parents.  I can remember thinking, “What […]

Products

Looking for a new funeral coach — how about a Tesla?

  For almost 35 years I operated a funeral home and most of what I did there I thoroughly enjoyed. . . especially the part that was directly working with the families that were in need of funeral service help at the time.  I felt privileged that they would let me into the family discussions about how they would celebrate and memorialize their relative.  To me that was an honor. One of the things that I did not enjoy was […]

Afternoon Edition Cemetery Preneed

Afternoon edition: FDLIC brightens up, SCI buys adjoining cemetery property, and more

In today’s afternoon edition of Funeral Director Daily we have a couple of national firms in the news for differing reasons.  First of all, we will tell you of Funeral Directors Life (FDLIC) and their investment in saving some of the world’s energy.  They recently added a parking lot that will be covered by about 1300 solar panels that will provide energy for the company’s corporate headquarters.  You can see photos in this article here. And we also bring you […]

Business

Take the time to make a difference

As I search for articles that might be of interest to readers of Funeral Director Daily I see lots of headlines.  Headlines are the first indicator of what draws me into an article that might be of interest and then, if that has piqued my interest, I will get into the meat of the article to see if there is reader interest present. Some of these articles are actually obituaries of funeral colleagues that I feel may have enough interest […]