Tag: pet cremation

Business Cremation Products

Will pet cremation be the next “Big Thing” in the funeral home business?

Every once in a while I come across a couple of items that are sometimes related and it makes me think about potential business aspects of the items when combined together.  That recently happened to me once again — late in September I received a marketing e-mail from the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) regarding “Pets and Cremation”.  And, just on Tuesday, Funeral Director Daily did an article on “Customer Acquisition vs. Customer Retention.” It made me wonder. . […]


Australia’s InvoCare pays US$ 36.4 million for pet cremation businesses

You can read this article from Australia’s Market Herald that announced that Australia’s largest human funeral and cremation provider finalized a deal to purchase two pet cremation business in the country for a combined price of US $36.44 million ($49.8 million in Australian dollars). We learned that last week, InvoCare, purchased Family Pet Care and Pets in Peace to add to its pet cremation brand, Patch and Purr, which it started in 2018.  According to the article, Family Pet Care, […]

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Afternoon edition: Minnesota funeral home to build new facility

This article from the Albert Lea Tribune tells us that Wells, Minnesota, funeral director Susan Nasinec and her husband Nathan, are moving forward with plans to construct a new funeral home in Wells. Nasinec told the newspaper that the couple wants to serve the community the best they can and a new building would be a big improvement. The new Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home will have up to date technology offerings, more space, and its own in-house crematory. More from the […]


Seeing more trends in pet care

Those of you who have followed this publication for any length of time know that I like to hypothesize on what I see are trends in business.  And, you’ve also seen my post sometimes in reference to serving on the board of the University of Minnesota. One of my fun things to do now is to visit about business in general with one of my board colleagues, Ken Powell, who has recently retired as the CEO and Chairman of publicly […]


The humanization of pets

2019 is soon coming to a close and I’ve thought about what has this year taught me in relation to the death care industry.  There has been mergers and acquisitions, there has been the legalization of recomposition, there has been the continued growth of the alkaline hydrolysis business and more.  However, one of the items that has really stood out to me, and one where I see incredible growth potential through existing death care operators is that of the “Humanization […]

Business Cremation

Is this the next “thing” for your funeral home?

In 2011 Davina Bambrick was forced to euthanize her 14-year old dog, Bennie.  She now says that the worst of that situation was when “Bennie was abruptly whisked away” after being euthanized.  She commented recently, “It was kind of an unusual process, that lacked a lot of care or empathy at the time.  We weren’t offered any advice, and we weren’t offered any choices.” According to this article from Sunday’s Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald, Bambrick has now worked through that […]


Is pet death care the new cremation?

A couple of things happened on Thursday (yesterday) that put the idea for this article in my mind.  First of all, I was involved in a brain-storming session that centered partly on how to reduce tuition costs for college students.  And then, later in the afternoon I was watching the business channel, CNBC, as I was on the treadmill running in air conditioned comfort  — it was 88 degrees and humid yesterday in Minnesota so that is why I was […]


Friday around the profession

It’s Friday and we just thought that we would bring you some stories and/or news videos from around the profession to end the week.  Here is what we have for you today: Pet Loss:  This short news video story from a Texas television station tells the story of a pet crematory that has allegedly had a gas leak so that their crematories have been out of service for over a month.  Pet owners are disappointed,frustrated, and hurt, and the sheriff […]


What business are you in??

The standard “What business are you in” history lesson is still taught at the nation’s top business schools.  That lesson goes way back to when I was in college and contemplates the question of how you define your business may actually make or break the business as the business goes forward in times of technological advances and/or consumer preferences. The classic story is that of the railroad industry.  From the late 1800’s to the mid-20th century, about the 1950’s, the […]


Crematory Addition Leads to New Business

According to this article from the Pine Journal, Bob and Karen Atkins operate the Atkins-Northland Funeral Home and Crematory in Cloquet, Minnesota.  The couple is responsible for a business with a volume of about 160 deaths annually and when the cremation percentage started to rise they decided to put in a human crematory instead of delivering the remains to a trade crematory for the process of cremation. Again, according to the article, the City of Cloquet was not excited about […]