funeral homes

A new, hipper, choice in funerals

By Funeral Director Daily / November 25, 2019 /

Last week I learned about, what I might classify as extraordinary and possibly trend setting – if one can say that about funeral establishments – new funeral home that opened recently in London.  The business named “Exit Here” was conceived by British restauranteer Oliver Peyton and his business partner, Barry Pritchard, a third generation funeral…

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New facilities around the country

By Funeral Director Daily / November 22, 2019 /

As we go into the weekend we just thought we would update our readers with some new construction going on in the death care business.  The following articles pertain to individual or family owned businesses either being started or being expanded. As we have seen many times with the ideas of proposed crematories — there…

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Recompose moving forward

By Funeral Director Daily / November 21, 2019 /

Recompose, the private company that has been established to become the first company to use “human composting” as a method of final disposition is continuing to move ahead with their plans.  There is a very good article that we found in the Seattle Times, that you can read here, that makes note of the fact…

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Plenty of opportunities for women in the death care profession

By Funeral Director Daily / November 20, 2019 /

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Mortuary Science in 1980 — in a class of about 40 males and one female.  That is just the way it was. . .there were no young women going into the business at that time.  Today, the mortuary science classes at my alma mater are about 70%…

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Do You Know Your Funeral Home’s “Credit” Score

By Funeral Director Daily / November 8, 2019 /

Think about it; your online reviews and subsequent online reputation can be looked at as your funeral home’s credit score. It seems many funeral home owners believe that a single bad review won’t hurt them. Nothing is further from the truth. In this new online world, information is posted, shared and transmitted constantly between individuals…

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A trend in the coroner business

By Funeral Director Daily / November 6, 2019 /

You have seen me write many times that I look for trends in the business world and then try to stay ahead of those to be in on the upswing with what is happening and have the ability to capture new business before many competitors have even seen the trend emerging.  It’s that way not…

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Death Care investments have been good in 2019

By Funeral Director Daily / October 28, 2019 /

Funeral Director Daily tracks its proprietary Death Care Index or DCI periodically.  The DCI is a group of eight publicly traded company stocks that each have some skin in the death care industry or profession.  They range from companies involved in death care services to companies who manufacture things like crematories, to companies involved in…

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Life stories. . . . .that’s one way we can transform

By Funeral Director Daily / October 25, 2019 /

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a column for Funeral Director Daily entitled, “How will we transform”?  The article was based on the fact that Hillenbrand Industries, parent company of Batesville Casket Company, knows that its casket business will not be its bread and butter forever, and is transforming itself over time to a…

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Matthews Aurora spins off Canadian facility

By Funeral Director Daily / October 11, 2019 /

In this press release issued by Victoriaville & Co. of Edmunston, New Brunswick, Canada, last week you can read about their acquisition of  Alliance St-Laurent Casket, previously a subsidiary of Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions. According to a quote from Steve Gackenbach, Group President of Matthews Memorialization, “This divestiture represents a manufacturing consolidation as part of…

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With space issues looming, Army proposes new rules for eligibility at Arlington

By Funeral Director Daily / October 3, 2019 /

According to this article from the Washington Post, new rules are being proposed on who can be buried at Arlington National Cemetery because of space issues.  In the article, Karen Durham-Aguilera, the cemetery’s executive director states, “Our reality is that we are running out of space.  Without any changes in eligibility we will be full…

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