New funeral home to be built in Pasco, Washington

By Funeral Director Daily / October 31, 2023 /

    There is nothing more American than starting a business small and then growing that business to be much bigger.  It’s the way that immigrant families grew their businesses in America starting from before this land was America.   Our family’s a perfect example.  For some reason my great-grandfather, his wife, and one-year old…

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Current events and how they are impacting cemetery services

By Funeral Director Daily / March 2, 2022 /

In Minnesota being at the “Lake Cabin” from Memorial Day to Labor Day is cherished time.  We are having our cabin kitchen remodeled this winter and expect to purchase new appliances to be in place by Memorial Day.  It’s interesting as we look at appliances to purchase “availability dates” are a new variable in what…

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A new idea for permanent memorialization

By Funeral Director Daily / January 14, 2022 /

I would guess it was twenty years ago or about that length of time that I was asked to volunteer as a board member of our community’s largest non-denominational cemetery.  The cemetery was large enough and did enough business that it had a full-time caretaker who took care of sales, provided interment services using cemetery…

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Wilbert merges Memorial Monument into fold

By Funeral Director Daily / January 13, 2022 /

In a transaction announced last week but completed on December 27, 2021, according to this press release, Wilbert has merged operations with Memorial Monuments & Vaults (MMV) headquartered in Meridian, Idaho. According to the press release, MMV has 19 locations in the western part of the United States and provides monuments and related funeral services…

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Reflections on “Our” world

By Funeral Director Daily / November 17, 2021 /

Writing on “Death Care” gives me very wide latitude.  There’s a lot to it — and it’s not only about funerals and cremations, funeral homes and crematories, cemeteries and burials, but there is the finances of the industry, the manufacturing of the industry, the mortuary training of the profession, and all of the interesting people…

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Matthews records record sales, casket sales drop off

By Funeral Director Daily / August 9, 2021 /

Matthews International reported their 3rd Quarter 2021 sales recently and in doing so reported a record revenue for their 3rd Quarter (April-June) of $428.4 million, which is a 19.2% increase over the same period of 2020.  As you may know, Matthews International has three business segments, one of which is their Memorialization segment. The Memorialization…

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Memorialization segment clear winner for Matthews International

By Funeral Director Daily / May 6, 2021 /

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…

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Report: Headstone market hot

By Funeral Director Daily / April 27, 2021 /

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 —…

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

By Funeral Director Daily / August 13, 2020 /

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…

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Better late than never

By Funeral Director Daily / July 28, 2020 /

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…

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