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Thoughts about serving humanity in our profession

If you have followed Funeral Director Daily for any length of time you know that I like to write articles about business.  Sometimes I know that I get a little “heavy” on the business articles.  However, I also try to put information on other subjects out there to keep a variety of topics at the forefront. Today is one of those days when I am reminded of the “humanity of the profession”.  You see, on Tuesday morning, I checked into […]

Business Preneed

How do you collect cash and control receivables

I came across this article entitled “Lending USA introduces FastScreen, a New Tool for Pre-Loan Qualification for Funeral Home Merchants” and it reminded me of the struggles I had over the years about implementation of tougher credit policies on client families.  The age old “push-pull” credit decision is that you don’t want to make it difficult for families, however, too much leniency and you may be doing your work for less than full payment or, in some cases, no payment […]

Business

Would a four-day work week impact funeral service?

I’m not one to get too excited over talk. . . .but, I’m also a realist who believes that where there is smoke, there is fire.  And, it appears that the trend in America will not go to a longer work week. . . so, over time I’m guessing that we get to a shorter work week.  If we do, how will it impact funeral service and the employment trends in our profession? America has went to a shorter work […]

Business

Rookie, Leader, Mentor

So, today’s article is a little different.  It’s not necessarily about death care or the funeral business.  You see, last week I had a birthday. . . and having that birthday gave me time for reflection.  I’ve been able to reflect on my life in the funeral business. . . . from entering college to starting out to owning and operating a funeral home and finally to where I am today — mentoring those who see funeral service as a […]

Afternoon Edition Cremation

Afternoon Edition: crematory fire rapid response cited

In today’s edition of Funeral Director Daily’s Afternoon Edition, among other stories,  we bring you the story of a Washington state funeral home that had its 20-year old crematory catch on fire on Friday.  According to news reports swift action by staff and the local fire department made for minimal damage at Moles Farewell Tributes in Ferndale, Washington. News from the world of Death Care: No injuries, but crematory unit destroyed in a fire in Whatcom County.  Bellingham Herald (WA) […]

Business

Minnesota – and the rest of the nation – will need funeral directors

I came across this article last week which describes the work of Victor Sweeney as the single funeral director in the rural Minnesota town of Warren.  Sweeney describes what he does and why he loves taking care of people at the time of death. The article also goes into the state of the profession in Minnesota where the mortuary classes at the state’s flagship university are dwindling in size.  Turning that enrollment picture around, as the article states, depends on […]