funeral homes

Burials on hold. . . . more problems at cemeteries

By Funeral Director Daily / May 12, 2023 /

    As we continue to see less and less full casket traditional burials at cemeteries, especially rural cemeteries, we have kept you apprised about some of the issues that these long-time, old-established cemeteries face.  Most of the time the issues are those of finances — such as not enough grave lot sales, interment sales,…

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Burnout: Try to avoid it through a proper work-life balance

By Funeral Director Daily / May 11, 2023 /

    I find it very interesting in that once I pick out an article for the day that other resources about the subject just seem to pop out to me and make me notice them when I have not noticed them in the past.  I don’t know why it happens, but it does seem…

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Burnout and the funeral director

By Funeral Director Daily / May 11, 2023 /

    I’ve always loved the Spring of the year.  For us in the northern climates days are getting longer, the sun feels warmer, we can be outside without multiple layers of clothes on and the golf course opens.  Ever since I was small I’ve looked forward to this time of the year and was…

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How much government intervention is enough?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 10, 2023 /

    I think the last few years, especially in some of America’s largest urban centers, we’ve learned that the rule of law is essential in a democracy.  It’s imperative that we have laws and even business regulations so that all people play by the same set of rules.   However, sometimes it feels like…

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Selling Death Care in a “Limitless” world

By Funeral Director Daily / May 8, 2023 /

    Last week I spoke in front of a small audience of funeral directors and commented on what I see happening in the Death Care world.  One of the things that I have noticed that is very similar to the funeral home world that I worked in is that death care clientele have three…

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SCI reports 1st Quarter. . . in-line with U.S. death totals

By Funeral Director Daily / May 5, 2023 /

      When public companies report their financial numbers each quarter, it is pretty much expected that matured companies have practical and easily understood numbers in comparison to what their financial numbers were for the previous comparable quarter of operations.  In that regard you would look for the results of funeral home and cemetery…

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Has the emergence of the woman funeral director made death care a “softer, gentler” process

By Funeral Director Daily / May 4, 2023 /

    It’s been no secret that for the past 30 years more and more women have been becoming active in the death care profession.  I saw the trend start with pre-need counselors but now according to this article from Spectrum 1, 65% of all graduates of funeral director programs in the United States are…

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“Modern Retail” tells us Titan Casket’s strategy for disrupting an industry

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2023 /

    I often tell people in funeral service that with Funeral Director Daily  “I don’t break the news, I just tell those in the profession what I’ve heard, what I’m seeing, and what my opinion on the subject is.”  I’ve secured a pretty good following by doing that and giving busy death care professionals…

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Matthews 2Q 2023 Report: Memorialization sales slightly rise

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2023 /

    Mathews International’s sales rose about 7.8% year over year for their 2nd Quarter of 2023 as compared to the same quarter of 2022.  Matthews is on a fiscal year so their 2nd Quarter comprises the months of January, February, and March.  Most of the sales increase occured in Matthews Industrial Technologies segment.  …

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Parting Stone website traffic increases after Shark Tank episode

By Funeral Director Daily / May 1, 2023 /

    Earlier in April Parting Stone and its CEO Justin Crowe appeared on an episode of Shark Tank looking for potential investors to help move the company along into the mainstream of post-cremation remains options.  And, while that happened as the company took an investment offer from well known Sharks Kevin O’Leary and Lori…

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