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Page A34 JULY 2022 FUNERAL HOME & CEMETERY NEWS Se c t i on A Scan QR for our website 1-888-792-9315 • mymortuarycooler.com Mortuary Coolers starting at $5,899 Mortuary Coolers Share this NEW resource with grieving families to remind them that they are not alone. A.M. Best Company Affirms Homesteaders Life Company’s Financial Strength WEST DES MOINES,IA— A.M. Best Company, a global rating agency focused on the insurance industry, has announced the affirmation of Homesteaders Life Company’s financial strength rating of A- (Excellent) with a stable outlook. “Homesteaders remains dedicated to providing our policy owners and funeral home customers peace of mind with long-term financial stability,” said Homesteaders executive vice president and CFO Steve Pick. “We’re pleased that A.M. Best Company recognizes our management team’s response to the challenges of the pandemic and continuing low interest rate market. This affirmation represents a significant vote of confidence in our financial management philosophy and our ability to pay policy owner claims today and into the future.” Pick added that 2021 was another solid year for the company, characterized by record sales, growth in assets and continued investment in innovative solutions for the benefit of funeral home customers and policy owners. “We continue to proactively respond to growing inflation and a sustained low interest rate environment, finding new, creative ways to ensure our long-term strength and stability. This is one of the reasons funeral professionals throughout the country choose to do business with us,” affirmed Steve Shaffer, Homesteaders President, CEO and board chair. “Now more than ever, our customers need to know that we remain stable and steady, with a full commitment to our policy owners, funeral home customers and agents. This affirmation from A.M. Best recognizes that we are making prudent decisions and putting our resources behind proactive problem solving.” Homesteaders Life Company, a mutual company owned by its policy holders, is a national leader providing products and services to help people design a better farewell. To learn more about Homesteaders’ financial stability, view the company’s most recent annual report of company performance, visit www.homesteaderslife.com to learn more. appeared, Blackish, David Makes Man, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Bloodline, Ballers, The Chef, War Dogs, and National Geographic’s The Right Stuff. For his role as advisor, Clay was given the script with the scenes he’d be working on and was asked to sign a do-not-disclose document. He did his homework for the scenes. “I did research and studied. I went to the medical examiners and talked to them and made notes so that I’d be prepared,” says Clay. “When I went on set, it was different being behind the camera. They don’t treat extras that great, but being an advisor is different,” Clay stated. He was asked to help with many aspects of the scenes, including setting up, makeup, and props as well as working with the director and actors. They were happy with his service on set. “They said, ‘You’re so professional, we will use in the future,’” says Clay. “I treat people the way I’d want to be treated. I’m a funeral director. A funeral is like a one act play with no rehearsals, you have to get it right the first time.” He says his location helps him be available for acting roles, as he’s two hours from both Miami and Orlando. Clay and his wife, Toni, have two daughters, Hannah 22 and Haylana 17, and a son, Hayden 21. “I have a passion for acting and really enjoy working and learning how TV shows and movies are made. Being a part of it, I get to work with some of the best directors and actors,” says Clay. “I try to bring authenticity to it. There’s a professional way to do it, and that doesn’t always happen in the movies.” “Sometimes I have to turn it down, because we’re so busy at the funeral home,” Clay added. For more information on the Roberson Funeral Home, visit www.robersonfh.com. Mixing Industries Continued from Page A28 Park Lawn Corporation Releases Q1 Results TORONTO,ONTARIO— Park Lawn Corporation (TSX: PLC; PLC.U) announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. The Company had a solid performance achieving strong growth in Net Revenue, Net Earnings, Adjusted Net Earnings, and Adjusted EBITDA. “We are pleased with our first quarter results and performance against a very difficult comparison in the first quarter of 2021. As we previously predicted and communicated, we are seeing less impact from the pandemic on our businesses. Irrespective of the decline in impact, we continue to see strong operating performance from our comparable operations as well as through our active acquisition pipeline,” said J. Bradley Green, Chief Executive Officer. “Specifically, in this quarter, while we did see a slight drop in our call volume, as we expected, this was offset by an increase in our average revenue per call. We also experienced strong property sales in our cemeteries as the pandemic continues to act as a trigger event,” said Mr. Green. PLC provides goods and services associated with the disposition and memorialization of human remains. PLC and its subsidiaries own and operate businesses including cemeteries, crematoria, funeral homes, chapels, planning offices and a transfer service. PLC operates in three Canadian provinces and sixteen U.S. states. For more information and full results, visit www.parklawncorp.com. 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