InvoCare makes investment, partners with Parting Stone

By Funeral Director Daily / October 25, 2022 /

It was recently announced by Parting Stone, the company that pioneered solidified remains, and InvoCare, Australia’s leading death care provider, that InvoCare has invested $1 million in Parting Stone.  In addition, the two companies will partner to launch Parting Stone Australia, which will be Parting Stone’s first international laboratory. Justin Crowe, founder and Chief Executive…

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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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Better Place Forests adds 10th memorial forest

By Funeral Director Daily / September 16, 2021 /

This recent article from Pasadena Weekly made note that Better Place Forests has added a property at Lake Arrowhead, about 90 minutes from Los Angeles.  For Better Place Forests it is their 10th announced location with five of those being in California. A fairly new entity into permanent memorialization, Better Place Forests is described in…

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An interesting look at disposition intentions

By Funeral Director Daily / August 26, 2021 /

Every once in a while I will come across a survey on some aspect of the death care world that doesn’t quite jive with what I’ve been led to believe.  Normally when that happens I’ll find out the survey was constructed and completed by some one from outside the traditional death care world. When that…

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The importance of permanent memorialization

By Funeral Director Daily / February 25, 2021 /

The pyramids in Egypt were built to give permanent memorialization to the rulers of that land.  The tomb of the 13th Disciple to Christ, Matthias, can be seen to give credence to his life.  George Washington, known by many as the Father of America has a burial site at his Mount Vernon home. However, there…

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Toronto company creates home decor urn

By Funeral Director Daily / September 19, 2019 /

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…

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Better Place Forests. . . a new wave of memorialization

By Funeral Director Daily / June 28, 2019 /

It seems like this medium is many times writing about the need for more permanent memorialization options to be available for our death care consumers.  It also seems like we spend a lot of time writing about new start-ups in the death care profession that are hoping to catch the new wave of consumer thinking. …

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Good Samaritans still abound

By Funeral Director Daily / June 12, 2019 /

We’ve advocated that one of the issues that funeral homes have to overcome to continue to serve the needs of families in need is to emphasize the fact the “Permanent Memorialization” matters.  By that we mean that cremated remains cannot just be left in a closet or left at the funeral home unclaimed.  They need…

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Can a Celebrant on Staff Increase Revenue

By Funeral Director Daily / June 11, 2018 /

Over the weekend I read a couple of articles on different subjects that brought me to the question, “Can a funeral/memorial celebrant on staff increase revenues?”  You might be wondering how I got to that question or even why I might ask it.  Let me explain. I first came across an article on church attendance…

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Where are the Opportunities?

By Funeral Director Daily / May 10, 2018 /

I spent three days last week at my annual funeral professional/death care professional golf event that I have attended almost every year since first being invited in 1991.  From my count, there are about 130-144 invited guests that enjoy three days with each other in an atmosphere of fellowship and friendship. Most of the talk…

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