News

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.