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Understanding Debt

Understanding Debt

by Dan Isard

Many people routinely hear that “debt is bad,” but it’s not if properly managed. I realize that my column is rarely about something with which all funeral home owners and managers will agree, but my role in this world is to provide an alternative point of view. You cannot imagine the joy it gives me […]

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A-Tisket, A-Tasket … What to Do Without A Casket?

A-Tisket, A-Tasket … What to Do Without A Casket?

by Jeff Harbeson

Consumers are shifting away from burial toward cremation, so what does that mean for the future of caskets? The answer depends on the lens from which you are viewing the funeral world. As a funeral home owner, the future looks dim for your casket merchandising. The same number of caskets are sold in the U.S. […]

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Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

Buying a Cemetery That Is Trusting via Surety Bonds

by Dan Isard

If you’re buying a cemetery that has funded its merchandise trust through surety bonds, you need to understand what that means and how it affects what that cemetery is worth. Dear Dan, I want to buy a neighboring cemetery. I was doing my due diligence and learned that all of their merchandise trust is funded […]

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The Ultimate Pill When Your Cemetery Is Not Doing Well

The Ultimate Pill When Your Cemetery Is Not Doing Well

by Dan Isard

Cemeterians who don’t face up early to rising cremation rates sooner or later will be facing difficult financial choices. Dear Dan, My cemetery is in the heart of an 80 percent cremation area. Over the past decade, my sales have gone from 800 graves a year to about 100 graves a year (at-need and advance […]

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The Power of Turning 24 Square Feet Into 192 Units of Inventory

The Power of Turning 24 Square Feet Into 192 Units of Inventory

by Kevin Kruger

The numbers tell the story of how cremation is affecting cemeteries. They also show how learning to appeal to cremation families can help cemeteries extend their active lives, selling post-need as well as at-need and pre-need. The steadily increasing cremation rate has caused a profound shift in the funeral service industry. Much analysis has focused […]

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