Tag: funerals


Meet the “Glam Reaper”

Many of the nicest people I know work in the funeral profession.  And, an interesting thing about some of those people is listening to the stories of how they got into the profession.  I’ve talked to people who were medics in the army, drove ambulance, or worked as nurses who all saw the the compassion that funeral directors exhibited and it moved them to join the profession. Today, I want to introduce you to Ms. Jennifer Muldowney.  Ms. Muldowney, in […]


Calculating the environmental costs. . . what matters most?

The article begins, “Cremation and ground burial both have carbon footprints that have some people looking for other options for the afterlife.”  That sentence pulled me in but what I went on to watch and read in this video and news story from Chemical & Engineering News pertaining to the “new” death care economy that some say will be built on the environment was simply fascinating as to what many people are banking on and the simple science facts behind […]


Toronto company creates home decor urn

We recently learned thru a press release, that you can read here, of a Toronto based company, UrbanRIP, that has created a new urn called the Candlestick Egg Urn.  From our point of view, it is an urn designed to fit in a home decor where it will have meaning and accessibility for the family while being discreet for other visitors. According to the press release, “Family members and friends often keep a small amount of their loved one’s ashes; […]


SCI properties in the news

For the 30+ years that I operated our family owned funeral home I had to deal with a maximum of about 17 employees or teammates at work at any given time.  You got to know all of them real well and as the manager of a small firm you really understood what was happening under the roof. I contrast that with the fact that I now serve on the board of our state’s land grant university which has about 26,000 […]


Your firm and your pre-need partner

I happened to drive by the Douglas County Fairgrounds earlier this week and notice that the fair was already upon us.  That signaled to me that the end of summer was not too far off and gave me an idea for writing a post about the fall season being a great time to capitalize on pre-need volume for your funeral home. Little did I think when I drove by the fairgrounds that it would lead to a series of articles […]


How does your firm view pre-need?

I wrote a story yesterday on the timing of advertising telling consumers about the benefits of pre-planning one’s own funeral or cremation services.  When I did that article I did not envision a follow-up or series of pre-need articles, but a day later here is another angle I have thought about often concerning pre-need and how it fits in with your funeral home’s service to consumers and/or your funeral homes profitability or compensation. I will admit that serving my entire […]


Park Lawn reports Q2 results

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC), the Toronto based consolidator and operator of funeral homes and cemeteries reported their financial results for the 2nd Quarter of 2019, the period that ended June 30, 2019, yesterday.  You can see a short synopsis of the results in this press release. Park Lawn’s CEO Andrew Clark is quoted in the release, “PLC delivered strong per share growth for our shareholders through solid operating results for the first half of 2019.  PLC continues the successful execution […]


Have you planned your pre-need marketing?

I noticed yesterday when I drove past the local fairgrounds that everything was getting set up for our county fair.  I then realized, wow, it is the middle of August and fair time already. For many of us in the upper midwest fair time signifies harvest and the start of another school year just around the corner come Labor Day.  Back when I was operating a funeral home, it also signified that it was time to ramp up the pre-need […]


Cornell University donates to Ithaca City Cemetery

At Funeral Director Daily we have harped continuously about some of the problems plaguing many cemeteries in this day of fewer casketed interments and less top-line revenue coming into the cemetery coffers.  We’ve pointed out that at some point in the not so distant future many cemeteries will not be able to afford their own upkeep. In Ithaca, New York, the city owned Ithaca City Cemetery has been fortunate to find a benefactor to the cemetery.  In this article from […]


El Paso funeral homes to aid shooting victims

While the event that led to the offer is certainly something that no city anywhere should have to go through, we have learned today in this media release that many funeral homes in El Paso, Texas, will offer free services to those killed in the mass shooting attack in that city on Saturday. As of this writing, twenty people have been confirmed dead in the attack. The death care profession has always been known as one that gives local support […]