Park Lawn’s CEO Brad Green comments on the labor market, acquisitions, preneed, and revenue per case

By Funeral Director Daily / May 17, 2021 /

Park Lawn Corporation (PLC), the Toronto based funeral home and cemetery operator released First Quarter 2021 results last week.  As expected the results were very strong as deaths from the pandemic in those months, especially January, continued to be high.  Park Lawn Corporation’s net revenue grew about 26% to over $89 million for the quarter.…

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Mortuary school holds commencement in cemetery

By Funeral Director Daily / May 14, 2021 /

Upholding to the Covid-19 social distancing rules of the University of Minnesota the graduating class and faculty of the Department of Mortuary Science had to come up with a creative way to make this year’s graduation ceremonies memorable for the graduating seniors.  With indoor facilities on campus off limits for this year, the department worked…

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SCI’s Tom Ryan: “. . true earnings growth from funeral will require increased funeral services”

By Funeral Director Daily / May 11, 2021 /

Service Corporation International (SCI) reported their 1st Quarter financial results last week and in it we found a lot of information and perspective that we believe is informative and, in our opinion, pretty good news as to how the American public is coming out of the pandemic with their actions on funeral care seemingly indicating…

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Restorative art thru 3D printing

By Funeral Director Daily / April 19, 2021 /

If you have been a funeral director and did prep room work for any length of time you are aware that there are some situations where you will question that you can get the deceased back to an acceptable level of appearance for a casketed viewing. I will be honest and tell you that while…

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Archbishop says, “No more” referring to extreme embalmings in the church

By Funeral Director Daily / April 7, 2021 /

In 2018, when I learned about it, Funeral Director Daily introduced our readers to “Extreme Embalming” via this article about some funerals that had taken place in New Orleans.  “Extreme Embalming”, for better or worse, is the moniker that has been given to the embalming art of embalming bodies and posing them in “life-like” forms…

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Non-profits team up to bring the profession “Journey to Serve”

By Funeral Director Daily / March 26, 2021 /

One of the most exciting initiatives since I have been involved in the funeral business has been brewing and is about to be presented to the industry through the philanthropy of the Funeral Service Foundation and the ICCFA Educational Foundation.  These two organizations have collaborated to bring us the “Journey to Serve” initiative which is…

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Students, scholarships, and a way you can help

By Funeral Director Daily / March 11, 2021 /

It is interesting that I came across this article as I was thinking of a topic for today’s column.  One of the items that I have been thinking about lately was the COVID relief bill that passed the Senate last weekend and passed the House on Wednesday.  It is expected to bring $1.9 trillion in…

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The Pandemic and its effect on Death Care around the world

By Funeral Director Daily / February 11, 2021 /

We touched on the subject last week when we did an article questioning how some in authority view funeral directors and other death care professionals in light of large financial fines for a service going over the allotted number of allowed mourners in Great Britain and the death care professionals in Ohio trying to be…

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Cemetery delays, casket company acquisitions in the news

By Funeral Director Daily / January 22, 2021 /

As we wrap up another week at Funeral Director Daily we bring you some news that is seeming to happen because of the COVID situation and some news that just continues to happen as business opportunities present themselves regardless of the COVID situation across the world. Our first item, that we cannot remember happening in…

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Career changes. . . can funeral service benefit?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 15, 2021 /

I recently came across a couple of surveys of of American workers and their career satisfaction and thoughts of career changes.  One thing is certain. . .we are not in the 1960’s when young people were told to “get a good job, hold on to it, and retire with a pension”. We now know that…

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