Tag: monuments

Finance

Memorialization segment clear winner for Matthews International

Matthews International reported their Fiscal year 2021 2nd Quarter results last week and with the report we noticed how it is impossible to not  notice that their Memorialization business segment which consists of Aurora Casket, Matthews Cremation, and their cemetery, memorial, and mausoleum division, is increasingly leading the company. The other two segments of Matthews International’s operating portfolio consist of what they call their Industrial Technologies segment and their SGK Brand Solutions segment.  The company as a whole reported sales […]

Cemetery Preneed Products

Report: Headstone market hot

A big part of our mission at Funeral Director Daily is to look around the death care industry and report what we see happening in the profession back to our fellow funeral directors.  Our thought is that those fellow funeral directors were much like I was in my 35 year front-line funeral service career — that is, too busy dealing with the day to day activities of what is going on in their own funeral homes to be constantly looking […]

Afternoon Edition Business

Afternoon edition: How COVID is changing funeral services, death in a Columbian cemetery, and more

There is no doubt that COVID-19 and the rules around social distancing are causing funeral homes and cemeteries to do the tasks required of them differently.  Today we share some of those subtleties and not so subtle aspects from Australia and America’s west coast funeral homes. We also have a story on how the disease is ravaging through Bogota, Columbia, and how a church deacon is keeping order  among one of its largest cemeteries. Finally, we bring you NFDA’s latest […]

Cemetery Preneed

Better late than never

In the news last week was a story of deceased New York state firefighter Anthony Fatale and the delayed legacy of his life.  Fatale had died two years ago in 2018 at the age of 70. Fatale was single, an Air Force veteran,  and a member of the Nyack Fire Department, who many colleagues say was “larger than life”.  David Gottlieb of Empire Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 had this to say according to an article and video that […]

Business Cemetery Products

Keeping the business flowing

I love the idea of “American ingenuity”.  To me it means the thought process that is developed to keep things moving ahead even when the system to do so has been upended.  And, around the world this Spring, the system has truly been upended with the advent of the COVID-19 situation. However, if you are a small business, you have to figure out a way to keep the cash rolling in so that you can pay the bills.  Many small […]

Cemetery

Cemetery clean up — Is there a perfect way to notify families?

We bring you this article from the Longview (TX) News Journal that deals with the clean up of two cemeteries in the city.  The cemeteries are both owned by Service Corporation International and the news article deals with some families dismay that they believe that they were not properly notified of the clean up. According to the article, family members are disappointed that memorabilia, as well as flowers and flags, were cleaned off of the grave sites and disposed of.  […]

Cemetery

The Monument Business is Changing Too

The accelerating trend over the past 20 years towards cremation as a method of final disposition has not only affected how funeral homes and cemeteries operate.  It has created issues with casket companies, burial vault companies, and monument dealers as well. I came across this article from Columbus CEO which exhibits some ways in which monument companies are trying to be relevant with the death care consumer in this changing environment.  The article features Jonathan Modlich as he brings new […]