funeral products

Batesville says “families. . .are willing to pay more for products that help to minimize their environmental impact”

By Funeral Director Daily / November 1, 2023 /

    On October 30, 2023, Batesville issued a press release introducing the “Generations by Batesville” — “a new line of sustainable caskets designed to address the increasing demand for more enviornmentally-friendly products“.  You can see the press release here.   Of the new line of caskets, Jenn Parvin, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer for…

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Matthews International. . . its history and its business

By Funeral Director Daily / October 23, 2023 /

A recent article in Smart Business Pittsburgh magazine featured the Death Care conglomerate Matthews International.  Matthews is known in Death Care from Matthews Memorialization which includes the ability to supply to funeral homes and cemeteries products such as caskets, cremation equipment, and cemetery markers among a host of products.   The article, which you can…

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You can design your own casket

By Funeral Director Daily / March 6, 2023 /

      Last week I had a two hour drive and set my radio to a station on Sirius that featured a news talk show.  What was highly unusual was that the group of well-known broadcasters started talking about death care and then started talking about what their wishes would be for their own…

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What’s next for Matthews?

By Funeral Director Daily / February 9, 2023 /

    The last year has brought many changes to Death Care as it pertains to those companies that have been operated in the public markets.  Both StoneMor and Dignity plc have been taken out of the public realm and into private ownership space and Batesville has been spun-out of Hillenbrand Industries and purchased by…

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Adapting to Change in 2023

By Funeral Director Daily / December 20, 2022 /

  Editor’s Note:  Today’s article comes from the blog at OneRoom.  It comes on the heels of a recent Funeral Director Daily article by Jake Johnson entitled  “A funeral home owner’s guide to prepping for 2023″.   Here’s OneRoom’s article on “Adapting to Change in 2023“:   As our environment continues to experience frequent change, safeguarding…

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The “Man in the Van” reprised

By Funeral Director Daily / July 19, 2022 /

I’m guessing the funeral home entrepreneur “Man in the Van” has been around for going on 50 years.  My idea of the “Man in the Van” or mobile funeral home operator, is that individual funeral director business operator who operates without a permanent venue.  In essence, they take calls over the internet or the phone…

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Titan Casket secures funding round

By Funeral Director Daily / June 13, 2022 /

According to this release from BusinessWire direct-to-consumer company Titan Casket has secured $3.5 million in seed funding to expand its operations in the United States.  The round of funding was led by Reformation Partners. The release continues as it says, “As Titan continues to expand its product and service categories with the addition of eco-friendly…

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Another new concept. . . can it catch on?

By Funeral Director Daily / April 25, 2022 /

Only a couple of weeks ago Funeral Director Daily published an article entitled “Is an Event Center in your business future”.  I thought it was a fairly innocuous article about the growth of “event centers” and their potential as an off-site component of a retail death care business — both for direct cremation firms and…

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Cremated remains bring on new forms of art and remembrance

By Funeral Director Daily / March 15, 2022 /

It’s been almost forty years ago when I had a new idea for a business and approached a well-heeled potential investor.  The person did not become an investor but he did send me a note that he wanted to visit about the idea.  And, in that note he made this comment that has always stuck…

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Going to Great Britain? Make sure you stay here

By Funeral Director Daily / October 14, 2021 /

The City of Sheffield is located north of London and not too far from both Manchester and Nottingham in Great Britain.  Sheffield’s City Cemetery was built in 1836 in response to the overcrowding and poor conditions in Sheffield’s churches.  Today, 87,000 souls rest eternally in the cemetery, but you can also spend a night there.…

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