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Kates-Boylston Publications has been covering death care for more than a century. Funeral Service Insider brings that institutional knowledge to bear on current events with the aim of helping funeral service professionals better understand the present and plan for the future.

Funeral Service Insider: The Podcast Tony Russo

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Kates-Boylston Publications has been covering death care for more than a century. Funeral Service Insider brings that institutional knowledge to bear on current events with the aim of helping funeral service professionals better understand the present and plan for the future.

    Licensure Questions, M&A, Promotions, and More

    Licensure Questions, M&A, Promotions, and More

    In this episode, we review the licensure discussions in the U.S. and UK, consider some recent acquisitions, and talk about some promotions and appointments from around the industry. 
    Links to the stories are below:
    UK Funeral Director Bump
    U.S. Regulation Commentary
    Anderson Appointed
    NGL Pomotions
    Caldwell Parrish M&A
    Mohawk Valley Sale

    • 11 min
    End-of-Life Care: Education and Collaboration in the Funeral Industry with Christa Ovenell

    End-of-Life Care: Education and Collaboration in the Funeral Industry with Christa Ovenell

    In this week’s episode we speak with Christa Ovenell about her journey from a non-teaching administrator to a funeral director and death doula.
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    • 41 min
    More Partnerships, PA Gas Problems, and Legacy Obituary Changes

    More Partnerships, PA Gas Problems, and Legacy Obituary Changes

    This episode of "In Case You Missed It," covers a range of topics, including a partnership announcement between Global Atlantic Financial Group and Service Corporation International, and a new program from Legacy. We also touch on the implications of a gas company decision to stop serving a Pennsylvania funeral home and announce new webinar archive.
    Welton Hong Google Webinar
    Global Atlantic Deal
    Gas Company Seeks to Cut-Off Funeral Home
    Send Me Promotions
    Click here for full show notes.

    • 11 min
    Professional Development: Bridging Passion and Purpose with Jedd Lapid

    Professional Development: Bridging Passion and Purpose with Jedd Lapid

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    • 31 min
    New Decomp Revelations, Death Certificate Controversy, and Tesla Sues Matthews for $1 Billion and more

    New Decomp Revelations, Death Certificate Controversy, and Tesla Sues Matthews for $1 Billion and more

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    Story Links: 
    Delaware’s Death Certificate Practice Challenged New Decomposition Discovery Washington Splits the Difference on Unclaimed Remains Billion-Dollar Matthews Suit

    • 14 min
    Park Lawn Next Steps, Cremation Temps Lowered, Found Remains, and more

    Park Lawn Next Steps, Cremation Temps Lowered, Found Remains, and more

    Park Lawn has set the record and meeting date for its special meeting of shareholders. This meeting is convened to consider the proposed going private transaction. Under the terms of the transaction, Viridian Acquisition of Homesteaders Life Company and Birch Hill Equity Partners Management Inc., will acquire all outstanding common shares of Park Lawn at a price of $26.50 per Share. The Special Meeting will be conducted virtually on July 29, 2024.
    Park Lawn will share more details about the Transaction and the Special Meeting in its management information circular. The circular will be sent to shareholders soon. Copies of the circular will be submitted to Canadian securities regulators and accessible on SEDAR+.
    Park Lawn has postponed its annual shareholders’ meeting. More information about the rescheduled annual meeting will be provided later.
    Link: https://www.parklawncorp.com/park-lawn-provides-update-on-special-meeting-in-connection-with-going-private-transaction/
    Pennsylvania crematories can officially lower standard operating temperatures to save money and reduce environmental emissions.
    Gov. Josh Shapiro signed the legislation, lowering the temperature to 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit. 
    New law allows crematories established after 1989 to operate at or above 1,600°F. This will immediately lower fuel costs and ease strain on equipment for the 200 facilities in Pennsylvania, which is particularly beneficial as mortuary services handle an aging population.
    The aging Baby Boomer generation is causing a shift away from traditional burial. The decision is influenced by environmental impact, cost, and religious sentiments. More people are considering long-term end-of-life planning and eco-friendly burials.
    Link: https://www.thecentersquare.com/pennsylvania/article_72627e2a-2d78-11ef-9809-375bc305e2b5.html
    John C. Greco of Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home is the new president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors and Crematory Operators Association.
    Chris Christian, secretary of the NFDA board of directors installed Greco. He is the first person from Weirton and Hancock County in this position, 
    In his inaugural address, Greco underscored the significance of member engagement, urging active participation in committees and events.
    "I am honored to lead the West Virginia Funeral Directors and Crematory Operators Association," Greco said, according to The Weirton Daily Times. "My objective is to support our members, ensuring they receive the necessary resources and guidance to deliver exceptional service to their communities. I encourage all members to join us in making a positive impact."
    Link: https://www.weirtondailytimes.com/news/business/2024/06/greco-elected-to-lead-funeral-directors-group/
    Funeral director baffled by U.S. urn found in local river
    Police are asking the public for help to identify the owner of an urn containing ashes that was recovered from the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Onterio, Canada.
    Lambton County officials say the urn was pulled from the St. Clair River in January 2024.
    Police are asking the public for help to identify the owner of an urn containing ashes that was recovered from the St. Clair River near Sarnia.
    Officers with the Lambton County Ontario Provincial Police detachment were called in January to a home in the 600-block of St. Clair Parkway in St. Clair Township, south of Sarnia, and were handed a small urn that had been recovered from the water, police say.
    Attempts to locate and identify the owner of the urn have been unsuccessful, police said.
    Tyler Sylvester is a funeral director at Belton-Stroup in Fairborn, Ohio, said their standard practice of including a cremation number coin and laminated tag with identifying information. An exception to this practice is when ashes are split between multiple urns he said.
    Link:  https://lfpress.com/news/local-news/funeral-director-baffled-urn-found-st-clair-river
     

    • 8 min

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Young Cemetarian

I found the pod thru the American Funeral Director magazine by the same publisher while working at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.

As a young cemetarian (less than 30yo) who is just getting their start in deathcare, the accessibility of info in podcast format is exciting and engaging- I often was able to listen as I worked and was surprised to see guests who I have worked with personally at my cemetery for research and events, making the cemetery & funeral community feel that much more interconnected.

The episodes thus far have given me insight into the mortuary and funeral director side of the deathcare industry that helped me in my customer service abilities at the cemetery and have improved my understanding of the steps in the process of caring for the deceased and their loved ones. Episodes on cemeteries have expanded my knowledge of both common and uncommon practices!

Many deathcare pods tend to focus solely on the funeral director side OR the cemetery side of the industry, but the inclusion of both in FSI’s content lends itself to their inherent interconnectedness (tho being biased on the cemetery-side I’m always looking for more on burial grounds & practices!).

jon E Blake ,

Very concise!

Fantastic first episode! Very informative, but not long winded. Looking forward to more content!

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