funeral industry

The Buzz in Baltimore

By Funeral Director Daily / October 18, 2022 /

If you follow Funeral Director Daily with any regularity you will know that I returned from the 2022 National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) International Convention last week.  This article, titled Back from Baltimore, published last week gave my general impressions on attending my first national convention in over a decade. In today’s article I’m going…

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Death Care and the possible new orientation

By Funeral Director Daily / September 22, 2020 /

Yesterday we published an article dealing with the potential $1 billion value of a consolidated group of companies that serve the death care space.  Yet, to my knowledge, not one of these companies deals with the physical aspect of taking care of the deceased human being.   I was, and still am,  somewhat astonished at that…

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Public funeral home companies and 2019

By Funeral Director Daily / January 13, 2020 /

I will preface this article to say that it is being written on Friday, January 10.  Because of that all prices quoted come from the end of the day on Thursday, January 9.  I will also say I am not a stock security analyst and all opinions are mine alone.  Finally, I do own stock…

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Minnesota – and the rest of the nation – will need funeral directors

By Funeral Director Daily / December 30, 2019 /

I came across this article last week which describes the work of Victor Sweeney as the single funeral director in the rural Minnesota town of Warren.  Sweeney describes what he does and why he loves taking care of people at the time of death. The article also goes into the state of the profession in…

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Funeral Director Daily readership keeps rising

By Funeral Director Daily / November 26, 2019 /

Funeral Director Daily continues its rise as what is probably the fastest growing readership medium in the death care profession.  For the past six months, since April 2019, readership has grown 64% — or an average of 10.67% per month.  And, we believe that when statistics are in for November, Funeral Director Daily will be…

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Financial authors Duguid and DiNapoli on StoneMor Partners

By Funeral Director Daily / June 6, 2019 /

A couple of weeks ago (byline May 17)  financial writers Kate Duguid and Jessica DiNapoli wrote a piece that was picked up by Reuters that you can read here.  The article concerns the financial wherewithal of United States funeral home and cemetery operator StoneMor Partners LP. From our point of view, it is a very…

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Independents strategize niche on three continents

By Funeral Director Daily / April 5, 2019 /

Without even recognizing it funeral service has always had niche businesses inside of it.  Even full service funeral homes could fit in the niche category if they exclusively catered to protestant or catholic clientele. . . or if they were a cremation society type discounter.  We’ve always had some niche operations in the industry even…

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Consumer issues and complaints in the death care industry

By Funeral Director Daily / April 2, 2019 /

It was a different day and age 30-40 years ago when funeral directors and those in the funeral profession were sought out for their opinions on anything death care related.  Opinions were given and communities and consumers accepted the educated opinions of the death care professionals.  It may be that funeral directors and others in…

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How long until virtual funeral homes/crematories?

By Funeral Director Daily / March 8, 2019 /

I saw an article earlier this week from Seeking Alpha that you can read here that retailer Nordstrom’s sales increased year over year for the year 2018 by 2.3%.  What really hit me about the number though was as I read farther into the article I found out that Nordstrom’s brick and mortar stores suffered…

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Do you know your trade partners?

By Funeral Director Daily / December 4, 2018 /

Back in 2002 all of us in the death care industry got a shock when we found out about what was happening in Georgia with the case of the Tri-State Crematory.  For those of you who are too young or just don’t remember it was the first time we ever heard of a funeral trade…

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