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The consumer choice for cremation is not always financial

Over the years I’ve heard from many consumers that their choice for a cremation disposition had nothing to do with price.  Even though I heard that often, and believed the people that told me that, as a funeral professional it was always hard to fathom when it seemed that everywhere you turned you saw cremations advertised using “price point” philosophy. By “price point” philosophy I mean billboards, newspaper, or yellow page advertising by those in the cremation business stating “Complete […]

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The Segmentation of an Industry

I recently read this article from The Irish Catholic where Joseph Behan of Hibernian Funerals explained that Covid-19 has changed many things about death care in Ireland.  For instance, he told of the “Tell us Once” format where instead of notifying the post office, the credit union, your bank and others of your death there is now a movement to tell the government of the death and everyone with a need to know gets notified from that notice. He also […]

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Playing the “What if” game

If you want to stay ahead of the curve in whatever you are doing I would suggest to play the “What if” game every once in a while just to see where you are standing.  The “What if” game can be played in all lines of business and is, in my opinion, a great exercise to determine the future sustainability of your business in its present form. I recently saw an article on a funeral home where they were telling […]


Weekend edition: A little heavy on cemetery and virtual funeral news. . .but some weekend reading for you

This weekend edition of Funeral Director Daily leads off with a great story you can access here.  It is a story written by Isabella Jibilian for Business Insider.  Jibilian describes herself as a graduate student who sought out management at Fernwood Cemetery so she could write about the high cost of real estate which, down the real estate ladder, she thought would probably affect the price of a grave space. She says, however, her visit and tour of the cemetery […]


Is “Old Fashioned” the new technology

A couple of non-death care profession articles that I read this weekend really made me think of the death care profession and where we are moving.  Just to make the record straight before I get into where we might be moving, I want to point out that I think all businesses are perpetually “moving” to reach the consumer as life, including technology, changes. In other words, it is not unusual to think about the profession “moving” or maybe “moving forward” […]


Twin Cities Catholic Cemeteries to offer Natural Burial Option

In an article that you can read here the Twin Cities (Minneapolis-St. Paul) Catholic Cemetery group is in the process of preparing to offer natural, or green burials, as an option as early as this fall.  The group has announced that it is readying a portion of one of its cemeteries, Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights, to make available about 50 natural burial plots with the potential to add many more in the future. As this discussion came about, the […]


The Growing Anatomical Bequest Movement

Not so many years ago major medical schools were the only ones who used donated cadavers in the classroom labs.  I can remember helping some very socially conscious folks in getting their bodies accepted, prior to death, at the University of Minnesota Medical School and at the University of North Dakota Medical School.  The schools would pick up the bodies from our place of business, or we would drive them to their labs, the bodies would be used for about […]