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The Most Read Funeral News Articles of 2018

December 31, 2018
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The Most Read Funeral News Articles of 2018

Providence Equity is on a Death-tech Investment Spree… Here are the 3 Companies They Now Control.

Whispers at NFDA 2018 were centered around rumors about the mystery investment firm sending inquiries to what seems like every company functioning in death-tech. People were asking, “Who was offered? Who was acquired? Who declined? What is each company worth? Why is a major investment firm even interested in death-tech?” No one had solid answers…

Providence Equity did in Church-tech What They are About to do in Death-tech. Here’s What it Looks Like…

Providence Equity rolled out an investment play in church technology that looks remarkably similar to their early moves in death technology.

Massive Cheating Scandal Charges 7 AAMI Teachers and Invalidates 300 Exams

A New York Post article published this week began with the words “Don’t die in the Big Apple.” The grim phrase was a response to a massive mortuary school scandal at the renowned American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service based in Manhattan, New York City. The president of the institute, Mary Margaret “Meg” Dunn, has been…

The FBI Raids Body Broker’s Funeral Home and Colorado Shuts it Down

In a previous story we reported on Sunset Mesa Funeral Home that was allegedly dealing the dismembered body parts of donated bodies as a side-business out of the same facility. The Montrose, CO, home and body broker business were run by Megan Hess whose business practices have come under fire after an onslaught of customer allegations…

#mourningwhileblack Emerges after Raging Priest Kicks Families and Corpse out of Funeral

This week, Pastor Michael Briese became infuriated during the funeral of Agnes Hicks and harshly removed the black family, body, and hundreds of mourners from the church. In the process, Briese referred to the deceased Agnes Hicks as a “thing” and called the police on the family. The incident began at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Charlotte Hall, Maryland…

In 17 Years, De-churching Millennials Will Rock the Funeral Industry…The Stats Are Shocking

In 17 Years, De-churching Millennials Will Rock the Funeral Industry…The Stats Are Shocking
I am 30 years old. There are 10 weddings on my radar right now (weddings that already happened and are about to) and about half are being officiated by a friend or family member who got certified rather than a religious leader. When these people’s parents die, do you think they are going to hire a…

13 Leading Death Professionals Predict the Future of Cremation… Their Ideas Will Surprise You.

What does the future of cremation look like? We all want to know if we will see the type of massive change in the next 30 years that we saw in the past 30 years in death care. To get a glimpse of what might be ahead, we’ve interviewed some of the closest people to…

“Ready to Embalm Laws” are Costing Your Families a Staggering Amount. See Where Your State Stands…

The death care space is known for its protectionist legislation designed to discourage change, keep out competition, and to maintain the public perception of tight funeral rituals to encourage continued profits and high margins.

9 Pimped Out Hearses Like You Have Never Seen Before

“Pimp My Ride” aired on MTV from 2004 to 2007. Rapper Xzibit would transform people’s run-down cars and “pimp” them out into a sweet ride. Mechanics at West Coast Custom (WCC) and Galpin Auto Sports (GAS) added insane features to the cars like, televisions, game systems and sick paint jobs.

Batesville’s Massive Technology Revamp Just Made Your Job Way Easier

Next week at NFDA, Batesville Casket Company will unveil their new unified funeral home resource merging their web-platform, Meaningful Selections, and their new consumer-facing app called Bridges. The days of sparsely updated free-standing kiosks are fading fast, giving way to an efficient, easy-to-use, and remote updated funeral management technology suite. Their new app called Bridges is accessible…

10 Visionary Death Care Entrepreneurs Revolutionizing How We Die

Looking at the business that these 10 death care entrepreneurs have created, there is an overwhelming sense of certainty that this is the future. They are so obviously better than the status quo that it makes their old-model competitors look decades outdated. It’s true that the death care space has taken longer to see the…

Learn About the Ongoing War on Imported Caskets. Winners, Losers, and Lawsuits…

In 2015, Bloomberg Businessweek published a feature story on the U.S. casket trade highlighting it as one of the last standing industries of U.S. manufactured products that has not fallen to Chinese imports. In 2005, Jim Malamas was one of the first to enter the imported caskets business with his company ACE caskets. Malamas was acting on…