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Articles Regarding Funeral Homes and Cemeteries




It Seemed So Simple

It Seemed So Simple

by Dan Isard

When it’s time to sell your business, do it the right way. Dear Dan, In 2010, I was ready to sell my business, and my accountant did a valuation for me. I had two key people working for me for a decade, and they were honorable, hardworking and trustworthy. They wanted to buy. I wanted […]

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Finding A Bank To Finance Building A New Mausoleum

Finding A Bank To Finance Building A New Mausoleum

by Dan Isard

A cemetery is a different kind of business, so it’s not surprising that when it comes to getting their projects financed, cemeterians need to understand that and find the right sort of banker. Dear CI, I went to my bank to borrow money to build a new mausoleum. They turned me down. They said, “they […]

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A Victory Forgotten

A Victory Forgotten

by Dan Isard

The profession has failed to continue to embrace the purpose of the basic non-declinable services fee. Dear Dan, In the 30 years of being in my family business, I have seen the inside of my competitor’s funeral home three times. They have a bronze plaque inscribed with a quote about the quality of a funeral. […]

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THE “LOST” ARTS

THE “LOST” ARTS

by Steve Zittle

One of the characteristics that drew me to funeral service more than 28 years ago was the fact that funeral service professionals had to be proficient in such a wide variety of subjects. Truly, in our business, no two days are alike. Everyone who has taken the National Board Exam, for instance, has studied the […]

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Don’t Let Direct Cremation Pricing Wreck Your GPL

Don’t Let Direct Cremation Pricing Wreck Your GPL

by Kevin Kruger

Some of you may be familiar with The Foresight Companies as a provider of a range of financial consulting and accounting services. As director of business analysis for Foresight, one service that my department provides our clients is an annual review of their pricing and General Price List. Our process involves producing a realistic budget […]

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