Tag: interments

Business Cremation

Cremation rate at 57%. . . and it’s not coming down anytime soon

I recently read this article from author Harold Ivan Smith from Baptist News.  Smith offers a unique perspective as he attended mortuary school, is a grief educator, and works as a celebrant for Forest Lawn Mortuaries in Palm Springs, California. Smith indicates in his article that cremation was probably about 1% of United States dispositions when he attended mortuary school in 1966, was elevated to about 27% by 2000, and in 2021 reached a 57.5% number according to the Cremation […]

Cemetery Regulations

Will tax revenue play a part in saving city and association cemeteries

We’ve written about the problem before in this forum.  “The problem” being the lack of revenue for historic city and association cemeteries since the country’s cremation rate increased to a majority of dispositions.   The increase in cremations has decreased cemetery sales in full body burial lots and interment fees. . . .as a matter of fact, many cemeteries are worried about being able to pay the upkeep bills just to keep the cemeteries open. In California, as you can see […]

Cemetery Regulations

Joe Louis and Arlington National Cemetery

We gave a little history on Arlington National Cemetery in yesterday’s edition of Funeral Director Daily.  As a follow-up to that I promised a little more today. I had always heard that the eligibility requirements for interment in Arlington National Cemetery  were more stringent than in the other Veteran’s National Cemeteries scattered across the country. . . and they are.  I had also heard that former World Heavyweight boxing champion, Joe Louis, was interred in Arlington National Cemetery without satisfying […]

Cemetery

Pennsylvania church apparently moves graves without permission

I came across this article from the Echo Pilot of Greencastle, Pennsylvania, the other day.  To me, it is a somewhat disturbing article on a church cemetery, or what I’ll call an annex, with apparently only two burials in the annex.  The church also owns a main cemetery and apparently were moving two vaults from graves in the annex to the main cemetery without family approval.  Oddly enough, a relative of the people being moved came upon the scene as […]

Business Cemetery Cremation

In Today’s News

We noticed an article and a news story this morning that we thought were worth sharing.  The first story is from Bloomberg News and is entitled “Mortuary Company Stays ahead of Debt by Digging graves before People Die”.  You can read the story here, which deals with public death care company StoneMor Partners and their policy of putting vaults in the ground upon the pre-need sale in order to collect revenue at that time instead of waiting to collect from […]