The death care industry is facing the prospect of disruption from both new ways to die and the possibility of science helping people live much, much longer.
May 29, 2019
April 22, 2019
How would a Nike Executive disrupt the cremation market? How do they identify bodies after a natural disaster - and who actually does it? What would you be willing to pay to be buried in downtown Manhattan?
January 15, 2019
It's the end of another year! This month we've got some writing about the NFDA, the dramatic increase in the number of women funeral directors, and an update on the green burial project where you can become compost!
October 30, 2018
Studying climate change in cemeteries, and measuring the impact of obesity on the funeral industry.
June 28, 2018
Water cremation is currently legal in 19 states, with California set to allow funeral homes to provide it in 2020. It's becoming more popular, and has some notable opposition. Will it start to eat away at traditional cremation's market share? And are people choosing it because it is "greener," or because of something else?
May 31, 2018
This month, I found a couple stories about pets and memorialization, and I realized I haven't thought or written that much about it here. We attend a good amount of trade shows and conferences, and there are always pet memorialization suppliers and and panels about pet services. The piece that got me thinking initially was about the pet care industry which is valued at $69 billion dollars. That figure is up from $17 billion in 1998, a growth of nearly $2.5 billion dollars a year.
April 26, 2018
Building off of the essays from the Death Care Symposium at Wake Forest University, we take a look at some of the more controversial claims made against the funeral industry, as well as try to understand if funeral consumers really are uninformed about the funeral services.
March 29, 2018
What does the Death Care Reform movement have to say about the past, present, and future of funeral services and death care?
February 27, 2018
A brief walking tour of the most visited cemetery in the world.
January 30, 2018
By 2025, it is projected that the global crowdfunding market could reach at least $90 billion dollars - what does that mean for death care?
November 30, 2017
This month, I wanted to share and comment on a couple articles/services that came up in my research for the blog - one on Silicon Valley's relationship with death and another on a computer program that will help write your living will.
October 26, 2017
Death rituals around the world and a sixth-generation funeral director on his journey to embrace his occupation.
September 28, 2017
Modern funerals are "bad for the environment," but what does that actually mean?
August 29, 2017
Three stories from the summer: one writer with terminal cancer answers the most common questions she gets asked about dying, a detailed account of Muhammad Ali's funeral preparations, and studying wildlife and ecology in New York City's largest cemetery.
July 20, 2017
This month, three articles from the New York Times - a look into the rise of Japanese "corpse hotels," an op-ed about land conservation and burials, and a photo essay on living in a cemetery in the Philippines.
June 21, 2017
Sharing the second part of the my 'Ask the Expert' Feature in the April issue of American Cemetery and Cremation Magazine.
May 25, 2017
How does social media change the way communities and social relationships respond to death, both online and off?
April 17, 2017
This month, a short excerpt from my Q&A with American Cemetery and Cremation magazine's 'Ask the Expert' feature.
March 22, 2017
This month: Miami Funer Worldwide Conference and Expo recap, "Death Industry's Real Estate Bubble," and a mortician video game.
February 17, 2017
News around and relating to the death care industry for February.
January 18, 2017
This month, I recap the ICCFA Wide World of Sales Conference and share a couple of articles on cemeteries and end-of-life care.
December 13, 2016
Another year in the books! On behalf of Ensure-A-Seal, whether you are a customer or blog reader or just a fellow member of the industry, we would like to thank you wish you a happy holiday season and a wonderful new year. For our customers, keep an eye out in the mail for a letter from our team.
November 1, 2016
Last month, my brother Jordan shared this New York Times article about flooding and cemeteries with me, and it has been on my mind since. It follows Artie Goings, a "cemetery recovery expert" who specializes in disaster mortuary work.
September 28, 2016
A small study from Baylor University has concluded that the mourning practices of Hispanic Americans - which include the serving of food at the funeral home and extended, day-long wakes - are largely overlooked.
August 23, 2016
How some funerary professionals are keeping their businesses going in a strange and challenging New York City marketplace.
July 14, 2016
Some news from around the death care industry - from flameless cremation to Pokemon.
June 29, 2016
The practice of cremation is hardly a recent phenomenon, but cremation as we know it got its start in 1876. Times may have changed, but there are things to learn from the past.
May 19, 2016
Some reflections from the 2016 ICCFA Annual Convention and Expo in New Orleans.
April 29, 2016
Some news and views from around the funeral industry for April 2016.
March 16, 2016
Ruriden House, a high-tech cemetery in Japan, mixes a traditional columbarium with new technology, offering over 2000 small, identical Buddha statues to place remains behind, and allowing family members to visit as they please with a personal ID card.
February 18, 2016
Take a tour of Buenos Aires' famous La Recoleta Cemetery, one of the most famous and beautiful cemeteries in the world, featuring over 4500 above-ground private mausoleums.
January 12, 2016
CEO David Yearsley is serving as a consultant in a dispute between Sunset Memorial Gardens and the State of Tennessee.
December 14, 2015
2015 was an exciting year for all of us at Ensure-A-Seal, filled with big changes, and there is still more to do in 2016.
November 10, 2015
New York City's Greenwood Cemetery opened its doors after dark for a rare look around the historic grounds.
October 14, 2015
The Urban Death Project is pushing the death care industry into the future - hoping to provide a green option to traditional cemeteries - by leading the way with human composting.
September 8, 2015
William M. Matro, formerly of the Robert Bosch Corporation, joins the Ensure-A-Seal as their first National Sales Director.
June 25, 2015
The short and strange saga of how a casket came to rest on a busy street in New York City.