funeral pricing

Opinions are opinions. . . Here’s two on the future of SCI

By Funeral Director Daily / July 26, 2023 /

        One has to realize that “Opinions are Opinions” and they may differ dependent on the author’s perspective.  I find it is always best to get multiple opinions when I contemplate major decisions.   What’s interesting with today’s blog topic is that I’ve recently found two opinions on the future of Death…

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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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Online price lists are showing up

By Funeral Director Daily / November 17, 2022 /

Earlier this week I was informed by a Funeral Director Daily reader that online price lists have started to appear on the websites of Service Corporation International (SCI) funeral homes.  Just to be clear, I’m not sure that this is news or not — because I’ve never taken the time to check out individual SCI…

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Federal Trade Commission apparently set to revise “Funeral Rule”

By Funeral Director Daily / November 8, 2022 /

I’ve worked almost my entire career under the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Funeral Rule”.  The rule, for all practical purposes, required me to introduce “price” into the conversation whenever someone either called the funeral home or walked into the funeral home and asked about funeral, cremation, or memorial services.  It also required me to hand…

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My hunch: Inflation, other factors will lead to rapid acceptance of “Online Direct Cremation”

By Funeral Director Daily / November 15, 2021 /

Thursday night into Friday morning brought Minnesota’s first snowfall of the 2021-2022 winter season.  It was light, but created slippery conditions outside that forced me onto an indoor treadmill run on Friday morning.  My 2 1/2 mile daily run is punctuated by the fact that I have a lot of stamina. . . just not…

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Will preneed methods change?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 7, 2021 /

As many times happens with me, I learn something from a  news item or items and then try to convert that knowledge to the funeral industry and try to figure out if or how what I’ve learned will translate to our profession. So was the case this week when I saw some public relations for…

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Make sure to watch your flanks in holding onto revenue

By Funeral Director Daily / April 21, 2021 /

I’ve noticed with much interest over my career in funeral service that most funeral home owners are really up to date when it comes to market share percentage as compared to the competitor(s) in their market area.   They all either watch the local obituaries or have someone else watch and count death numbers on their…

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FTC Funeral Rule comment period ends. . . what’s next?

By Funeral Director Daily / June 18, 2020 /

The Federal Trade Commissions (FTC) “Funeral Rule” is up for review this summer and the comment period for public opinion into the rule ended on Monday.  So, now that that period is over. . what comes next? First, a little review on the Funeral Rule.  According to the Federal Register of the Federal Trace Commission…

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From the investment community: U.S. funeral costs, Australia funeral trends

By Funeral Director Daily / May 1, 2020 /

To roll into the weekend we thought we would give you some food for thought in the funeral industry from almost 10,000 miles apart.  Our articles today come from the investment community in both the United States and Australia.  Both are good, well thought out articles that deal with the world of death care in…

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Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing

By Funeral Director Daily / February 17, 2020 /

I noticed last week that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be seeking comment on whether to make changes to the Funeral Rule.  This is probably the least the FTC will do and there probably could be more to come.  In their notice, they mentioned areas of funeral services and pricing where they explicitly seek…

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