Tag: funeral products

Products

The “Man in the Van” reprised

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 and make arrangements with families in the survivors’ homes.  Any services are conducted in public venues such as churches or cemeteries. They generally use trade […]

Finance

Titan Casket secures funding round

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 caskets, urns, flowers, and funeral pre-planning options, this funding will be used for product development, ensuring faster delivery speeds of only 1-2 business days for […]

Products

Another new concept. . . can it catch on?

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 highly traditional firms. Quite surprisingly to me, the author of that article, I received lots of feedback.  At least from what I heard, it turns […]

Cremation Products

Cremated remains bring on new forms of art and remembrance

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 with me, “Your idea seems new and different and one would expect it hard to succeed with it.  However, before I hear more about it […]

Cemetery Products

Going to Great Britain? Make sure you stay here

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. Cemeteries, in the age of cremation, are having trouble raising revenue and there have been all kinds of options including movie nights, historical tours, and […]

Business

The FedEx strategy shift. . where do funeral homes go?

Editor’s Note:   For as yet unknown technical reasons, our daily article was not sent out earlier this morning.  Sorry. . here it is. All things are created equal. . . . until they’re not.  In the death care business I’m not so sure all of the calls we get at our funeral homes are created equal.  A death call that ends up being a full traditional funeral with casket and vault sale is probably more than equal to a direct […]

Business Products

More companies hope to cash in on the changing face of Death Care

I recently read this article where Bank of America has profiled 14 future “moonshot” technologies that they believe could offer vast wealth to those who are lucky enough to invest in them.  In reading that article, I realized that, to a certain extent we have, maybe not moonshot technologies, but at least planetary technologies in the death care business finding funding almost every day.  In essence, there is a lot of interest in the “new technology” of Death Care. Bank […]

Business Products

Death care suppliers. . . .they are busy too

Funeral Director Daily has written a lot of articles in the past year about how busy funeral homes have been with death calls.  It’s just the way it has been for funeral homes in the year of COVID. What we have not done is find any articles on how suppliers are very busy.  We have seen some reports that fly by night “start up” suppliers have appeared and what is done is many crisis situations has happened this year also. […]

Products

Another funeral tech firm raises capital

On Friday we published an article about funeral FinTech and software firm Tribute Technology fetching a reported “more than a billion” dollar amount when sold.  That same day we learned in this article that an Idaho funeral tech firm had just received a $4 million venture fund investment from Pelion Venture Partners based in Utah. Gather, a Meridian, Idaho, based company, according to the article, “provides software solutions to funeral homes to help families after the death of a loved […]

Products

Looking for a new funeral coach — how about a Tesla?

  For almost 35 years I operated a funeral home and most of what I did there I thoroughly enjoyed. . . especially the part that was directly working with the families that were in need of funeral service help at the time.  I felt privileged that they would let me into the family discussions about how they would celebrate and memorialize their relative.  To me that was an honor. One of the things that I did not enjoy was […]