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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Security National Memorial segment increases Sales and Profits

By Funeral Director Daily / May 21, 2018 /

Last week, public company Security National Financial Corporation reported the results of their First Quarter of 2018.  In the press release that you can read here they report that two of their three operating segments had increases in sales and profits on a year over year basis. As you may recall, Security National Financial Corporation…

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Park Lawn completes Signature Deal

By Funeral Director Daily / May 9, 2018 /

At the close of business Monday, May 7, Park Lawn Corporation announced that it had completed its announced purchase of Signature Funeral and Cemetery Investments, LLC (the Signature Group) for approximately US$123 million.  You can read the press release from Stockhouse here. According to Park Lawn CEO Andrew Clark, “With the acquisition of Signature Group,…

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Seeking Alpha Article on StoneMor Partners

By Funeral Director Daily / May 3, 2018 /

I present you this article published yesterday from investor opinion site Seeking Alpha on the potential upside of StoneMor Partners.  It is a good read and, like most articles pertaining to the death care industry, there is something to take from it. Funeral Director Daily take:  I will tell you, however, as a 35 year industry…

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News from Foundation Partners Group

By Funeral Director Daily / April 9, 2018 /

I noticed a press release come out from Foundation Partners Group last week that announced the private funeral, cemetery and cremation operating company had made a purchase of the Healey Mortuary and Crematory in Salinas, California.  Checking more into that press release on the company’s web-site I came across two other stories about Foundation Partners…

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Cities Cutting Back Funeral Escorts

By Funeral Director Daily / March 23, 2018 /

An article appeared in the Minneapolis Tribune that you can read here that pertained specifically to the city of Rosemount, Minnesota, but dealt with the Minneapolis-St. Paul metroplex in general and the practice of local police departments of escorting funeral corteges from the place of service to the cemetery for interment. The article explained that…

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South Koreans Preferring Cremation

By Funeral Director Daily / March 20, 2018 /

  The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare recently released a report that indicates that since the 1990’s South Koreans have been preferring cremation at a very high percentage.  An article published in the Straits Times that you can read here indicates that over 80% of South Koreans now choose cremation. The article points…

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Colorado Funeral Home / Body Broker Continues Under Investigation

By Funeral Director Daily / March 20, 2018 /

Reuters has reported in a report that you can read here that the Sunset Mesa Funeral Home of Montrose, Colorado, and its associated business, Donor Services, remains under investigation by the FBI.  In addition, a lawsuit has been filed by Shirley Hollenback and her daughter alleging that the remains she received purported to be the…

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Mushin’ Mortician Still on the Trail at Iditarod

By Funeral Director Daily / March 15, 2018 /

While Norwegian musher Joar Leifseth Ulsom pulled into Nome a little after 3:00 am on Wednesday morning to be crowned the Champion of the 46th running of the Iditarod dog sled race, Anchorage mortician, Scott Janssen, remains on the trail in his 8th attempt at arguably one of the world’s most grueling events for man…

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Mistake Leads Nova Scotia to tighten Funeral Rules

By Funeral Director Daily / March 14, 2018 /

  The Nova Scotia Board of Registration of Embalmers and Funeral Directors issued a report last week calling for their legislature to “ensure that there is a system in place” for the handling of human remains.  The report was prompted by a mix-up at a Nova Scotia funeral home on December 27, 2017, that was…

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