pre-paid funerals

How do consumers come up with the money to pay for funerals?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 27, 2023 /

    Yesterday we took a look at how funeral merchants should expect their clients to pay for the services that they select.  Our article took a look at crowdfunding, credit cards, savings, and, of course, preneed funding.  And, we concluded that as good as it is to get payment done and out of the…

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Paying for a funeral

By Funeral Director Daily / January 26, 2023 /

  I ran across this article the other day that is entitled, “Financing a Funeral:  Crowdfunding, insurance, credit cards, loans, and payment plans”.  The article comes from a publication called “The Enlightened Mindset” and appears directed towards the consumer.   I don’t think it is a “bad” article, but you can also tell it is not…

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Is it time for a Preneed registry?

By Funeral Director Daily / December 8, 2022 /
lowering casket into ground

I recently read this story in the Buffalo (NY) News that is entitled, “Two men planned what would happen after their deaths.  Why did they end up in unmarked graves?”  The story documents the plights of two men who, by most death care experts opinion, did everything that they should have done about their future deaths…

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Is Great Britain the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for future U.S. death care purchases?

By Funeral Director Daily / August 10, 2022 /

This recent public relations press release indicating that a shift in attitudes of people in Great Britain about how people want to “Say Goodbye” to their loved ones makes one wonder if that shift will find its way across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States. One report found that “sales of direct cremation plans…

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Is it possible to “Over-Regulate”?

By Funeral Director Daily / March 3, 2022 /

I’m a big believer in playing by the rules and also a believer that rules and regulations are necessary in order to live in an organized society.  I’m also one of those Americans who believes in the process of “Self-Reliance” and “Self-Determination” and sometimes think that “Regulations” can hinder one’s ability to be the “Best…

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Do you have the “Long View” in customer acquisition?

By Funeral Director Daily / January 5, 2022 /

Every day funeral directors and funeral home owners work hard and diligently in taking care of the families that they are entrusted to serve.  Sometimes it is a matter of just finishing with one family when the phone rings again and the funeral director/funeral home owner starts the cycle all over again. As your business…

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This is the week

By Funeral Director Daily / September 27, 2021 /

This is the week that Congress should act on the Biden Administration’s key piece of legislation, the $3.5 trillion “Human Infrastructure” bill.  Regardless of what happens or how you feel about that bill, I thought it would be interesting to look back on how death care has fared from the other two large social bills…

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Selling preneed. . . . positively

By Funeral Director Daily / October 7, 2020 /

Ask ten different consumers and you will get ten different opinions on “insurance”.  Especially, life insurance.  Some think it is necessary, some think it is a waste of time, some love the peace of mind it can bring, some will say let my survivors deal with the money after my death. You get the idea.…

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This should never happen

By Funeral Director Daily / February 14, 2020 /

Chalk this incident up to “This should never happen” but it did.  In this article from the Bucks County Courier Times of Pennsylvania we learn of the tale of Richard Geisinger who died in 2013.  The article tells the story of how Mr. Geisinger, who had pre-arrangements for a casketed burial, was instead cremated and…

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Funeral homes and the law

By Funeral Director Daily / October 21, 2019 /

Every once in a while we hear stories of funeral homes being investigated for acts that would be contrary to the laws of their respective states.  This weekend we happened to notice two such articles in newspapers that dealt with funeral homes potentially running afoul of the preneed laws of their state. The first article…

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