Six feet under: Consumer preference toward cremation will decrease demand for industry services

Demand for Funeral Homes industry services does not strongly fluctuate with the business cycle and is more a product of demographic factors and consumer preferences. Canada's growing and aging population has resulted in the number of deaths trending upward over the past five years, boosting demand for funeral services. However, traditional burials are costly and a growing number of Canadians are opting for cremations to alleviate the financial pressure of honouring their loved ones. Over the five years to 2022, demographic and societal factors will continue to drive industry growth. As more baby boomers (individuals born between 1946 and 1964) become seniors, the number of adults aged 65 and older is anticipated to more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • A growing and aging population has resulted in more deaths, boosting demand for industry services
  • Cremations cost less than one quarter of traditional funerals, contributing to less revenue for funerals homes
  • Older segments of the population are more likely to purchase both preneed and at-need services
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Funeral Homes industry in Canada has a low level of concentration, with the two largest companies accounting for less than 20.0% of industry revenue. With the exception of these chains, the majority of funeral homes are locally owned and independently operated. Many funeral homes have been passed down through families for generations. To this end, 22.8% of industry establishments do not officially employ any individuals; rather, the owner operates them, typically with the assistance of family members who are not on payroll. Furthermore, 88.8% of industry establishments employ fewer than 20 workers, with the majority employing fewer than nine individuals...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Funeral Homes Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Funeral Homes Industry are

  • Having a good reputation
  • Effective cost controls
  • Product is sold at high profile outlets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of deaths and Per capita disposable income in the Funeral Homes industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Funeral Homes Industry?

    This industry conducts funerals and prepares the deceased for burial or interment. Funeral homes organize wakes, transport the deceased and sell  caskets and related merchandise. This industry includes funeral homes combined with crematories; however, establishments that primarily conduct cremation are excluded from this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Body preparation services
  • Funeral planning services
  • Cremation services
  • Transportation
  • Resale of merchandise
  • Industry Activities
  • Providing funeral director services
  • Providing embalming services
  • Operating funeral homes combined with crematories
  • Providing mortician services
  • Providing visitation or viewing services
  • Providing funeral services
  • Providing graveside committal services
  • Selling funeral merchandise, such as caskets, flowers and obituary notices
  • Transporting the deceased
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of deaths
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Total health expenditure
  • Demand from e-commerce and online auctions

  • Current Performance
  • Celebration and consolidation
  • Shopping for the best price
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Aging population leads to growth
  • Shifting consumer preferences
  • Table: Funeral Homes Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Funeral Homes Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Religious Organizations in Canada
  • Consumers in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Caterers in Canada
  • Florists in Canada
  • Newspaper Publishing in Canada
  • Religious Organizations in Canada
  • Wood Panelling Manufacturing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Funeral planning services
  • Resale of merchandise
  • Other
  • Body preparation services
  • Cremation services
  • Transportation
  • Chart: Funeral Homes Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals aged 80 to 89 years
  • Individuals aged 70 to 79 years
  • Individuals aged 90 years and older
  • Individuals aged 60 to 69 years
  • Individuals aged 40 to 59 years
  • Individuals aged 39 years and younger
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Funeral Homes Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Funeral Homes

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Funeral Homes Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Service Corporation International, Arbor Memorial Services Inc.,
  • Table: Service Corporation International - financial performance
  • Table: Arbor Memorial Services Inc. - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Funeral Homes Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Funeral Homes Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of deaths (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Purchase of a funeral service for a deceased person who did not have a prepaid funeral plan in place.
  • Green Burial
  • The interment of a deceased individual that permits for the natural decomposition and recycling of the body into the soil.
  • Preneed
  • Purchase of a funeral arrangement prior to death.
  • Traditional Funeral Service
  • Consists of a visitation period and memorial service at the funeral home or house of worship with the body of the deceased present.
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