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Carriage Services CEO Carlos Quezada on 2023 Results: “. . instills confidence and excitement”

By Funeral Director Daily / March 1, 2024 /

  American funeral home and cemetery operator Carriage Services recently shared the results of their 4th Quarter and Year-End financials with the public.  In doing so, and in spite of a continuing COVID “pull forward” impact resulting in modest declines in funeral contract volume experienced during the year, the company reported total 2023 revenues 3.3%…

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Mortuary Education: It’s our future and needs to be relevant

By Funeral Director Daily / February 27, 2024 /

    In this recent article from the student operated  Minnesota Daily (University of Minnesota) the Director of the Mortuary Science program Michael LuBrant says this, “Really, it’s a form of health care. It’s serving families, deceased individuals and people at the end of the life cycle. . . . “   LuBrant explains that…

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Propel Funeral Partners makes New Zealand acquisition, raises $80 million

By Funeral Director Daily / February 23, 2024 /

    Last year the largest death care service provider in Australia and New Zealand, InvoCare, was taken private in a buy-out by private equity company TPG Global.  It appears that action has led to the 2nd largest provider of death care services of those nations, Propel Funeral Partners, to rapidly move forward with their…

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The Super Bowl, Taylor Swift, and funeral home “Influencers”

By Funeral Director Daily / February 9, 2024 /

  It’s Super Bowl Weekend and you are probably going to hear a lot about what is happening in Las Vegas over the course of the next 72 hours.  And, you would have had to be hiding under a rock to not know that superstar entertainer Taylor Swift is bringing her “influence” to the big…

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The practice of “Experimental Decedent Model” donations is increasing

By Funeral Director Daily / February 8, 2024 /

    Every funeral director has had that call from a non-profit life donation organization that the recently deceased Mr. Doe will be unable for removal for 24 hours or so while his organs are harvested.  Funeral directors are also keenly aware of of those families or individuals who have been in to the funeral…

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Matthews reports 1Q 2024 — Sales flat, EBITDA and Profit declines

By Funeral Director Daily / February 5, 2024 /

    Matthews International, the conglomerate company with their largest portion of sales in Death Care, or what they call their Memorialization Segment, reported gross sales for their First Fiscal Quarter (October thru December 2023) of 2024 coming in at $450 million as compared to $449.2 million for the same period one year ago.  …

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Matthews International and the “Call to the Hall”

By Funeral Director Daily / February 2, 2024 /

  I’m a baseball fan and if you are a baseball player there is nothing so crowning to one’s career as what is termed as the “Call to The Hall”.  That phrase is known in baseball circles as what happens when an incredible talented player, coach, or other baseball executive is notified by the Baseball…

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Can identifying “Pre-Skills” better your staffing?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 1, 2024 /

  Over the past couple of years many in the Death Care profession have identified that there has been a labor issue in funeral service.  Anecdotally, in my opinion, most of that labor issue has simply been in being “short-staffed” on the licensed funeral director/embalmer realm.   There seems to be somewhat of a lull…

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This isn’t your grandmother’s funeral

By Funeral Director Daily / January 25, 2024 /

    This recent article in Florida’s Business Observer is titled “Funeral home finds success with new life celebration model”.  The article goes on to discuss, among other business changes in the death care industry, the Robert Toale & Sons Celebration of Life Center in the Sarasota, Florida, area.   The Robert Toale & Sons…

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Where and when will Artificial Intelligence be found in Death Care?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 24, 2024 /

    Collins Dictionary, a British publisher, named “AI” as its “Word of the Year for 2023”.  In doing so they added this explanation, “AI, short for artificial intelligence, is a term that describes “the modeling of human mental functions by computer programs.”   Using that definition, “the modeling of human mental functions by computer…

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