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Cremation Preneed

It’s International Day. . . news from across the Pond

Funeral Director Daily has a few readers in the English speaking parts of the world outside of North America.  We have followers in Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand.  However, it is not too often that we get news from those regions.  Today, we are bringing you three articles from various parts of the world. When we do get news from those locales, however, it is interesting to note how common the issues are between the differing countries and the […]

Cremation Preneed

The continued growth of Direct Cremation

Some trends become tidal waves.  This article from Great Britain insurer SunLife takes into account what they saw in 2020 as reported in their “Cost of Dying” report.  You can access the company’s synopsis of the Great Britain death care market here. One of the findings, which is more than likely pandemic induced, but also a growing trend for the future, is that the percentage of Direct Cremations is growing rapidly.  According to the report, as we read it, Direct […]

Business Products

Cleaning out for Christmas

With the Christmas holiday coming up this weekend Funeral Director Daily will not be publishing on Thursday or Friday of this week.  As usual, there is plenty in our industry to tell you about, but with the limited days and multiple stories we thought we would just use this afternoon to give you some teasers on articles that you may look up yourself. First of all, we bring you this information from Adidas. . even though there is no article […]

Finance

Security National reports 3Q 2020: Hitting on all cylinders

We continue to roll out the earnings reports of the public death care companies and today is no exception.  Today we tell you about one of the quieter companies that is starting to make a name for themselves as they grow. That company is Utah based Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) and divisions of the company are involved in mortuaries, cemeteries, funeral funding through insurance assignments, and preneed insurance.  In essence, from our point of view, while still small by […]

Afternoon Edition

Afternoon Edition: Smith Family Funeral Homes acquires insurance company

Smith Family Funeral Homes of North Little Rock, Arkansas announced last week that they have acquired American Home Life Insurance Company, also of North Little Rock.  Interestingly enough, American Home Life Insurance Company was founded by the grandfather of Smith Family Funeral Homes current President Jeff Smith. Smith was quoted in this article from Arkansas Business, “. . . . (we) had a strong desire to continue what my grandad started.  We’ve been very successful with growing the funeral homes […]

Preneed

Transamerica adds funeral planning benefit

In a press release that we received last week from Insurance News Net we learned that Transamerica Insurance has partnered with Everest Funeral Package, LLC to provide “a new funeral concierge benefit at no direct cost for qualifying life insurance policyholders.”  The press release goes on to say that this “Concierge Planning Rider” will provide grieving beneficiaries valuable resources to help plan the funeral of the insured person. The release continues in saying that the agreement with the third party […]

Finance

Security National has bang-up quarter, Memorial segment grows

Security National Financial Corporation (SNFC) is a diverse, but integrated company.  They are diverse in that they have three distinct segments – Mortgages, Life Insurance, and Cemeteries/Mortuaries – under their umbrella.  They are an integrated company in that all segments report together to bring a bottom line to the company. And, the integration was good for the Salt Lake City based public company in the 2nd Quarter of 2020 as you can read in their recently released financial results for […]

Finance Preneed

Assurant Global Preneed division reports slight revenue increase, less operating income

Assurant defines itself as “a leading global provider of lifestyle and housing solutions that support, protect and connect major consumer purchases”.  The company released its 2nd Quarter 2020 results on Tuesday, August 4, and in doing so reported a Net Income of $173.5 million, which is up 24 percent from the same period in 2019.  Assurant also notes that it returned $65 million to shareholders in share repurchases and common dividends.  You can see their 2nd Quarter 2020 report here. […]

Afternoon Edition Uncategorized

Afternoon edition: lots of news. . . finance, cemetery, coroner race, funeral home sold, more

As we head not only into the weekend but into the month of August, we found lots of interesting stories for our readers.  And, they are from all over the world. . .from preneed insurance in New Zealand, to public company finances in Great Britain, and back to the good old U.S.A. with stories ranging from a body potentially buried in the wrong spot to a coroner’s race pitting two funeral directors against each other. Read the stories. . . […]

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Homesteaders to offer webinar

We have learned that Homesteaders Life Company is offering a free webinar on Friday, July 10, to take place at 11 am Eastern Time, 10 am Central Time. The webinar is entitled “Bouncing Back after COVID-19 — Strategies to heal and thrive in life and business“.  You can learn more about the webinar and register for participation in viewing it here. More news from the world of Death Care: Body Composting is the newest sustainable death practice.  Now Belfast council […]