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Funeral Costs Conversation

Funeral Costs Conversation

With disposable income diminishing in middle America, it is important to review the costs of life events. This conversation typically brings up the question of whether a funeral really needs to cost so much. Certainly funeral homes can itemize each cost but, the total frequently brings families to their breaking point, extending credit or causing… Continue Reading

Virtual Funeral, Really?

Virtual Funeral, Really?

Last year I made a special effort to attend a dear relative’s funeral. I was ill but medicated myself just enough to hold the cold at bay. It was important to me to be there with the family, to honor my beloved relative in this time honored ritual. I also thought that it was meaningful… Continue Reading

Home Funeral Tips

Home Funeral Tips

This is a how-to guide to have a funeral at the home of the deceased. This can save money, and empower those who must take care of these details. 1)  Plan ahead; delegate these tasks to someone who is less involved emotionally with the deceased. 2)  Contact the city health department’s office of vital statistics… Continue Reading

Illusions about Death and Dying

Illusions about Death and Dying

It is a common observation that each person dies uniquely. From their spiritual experience, to their family relations, the experiences of the dying and of their relationships vary. Some settle scores, others seek forgiveness and salvation. Death seems to be a time when we can elevate our sense of ourselves with the obituary. Val Patterson,… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Convention Data

Funeral Home Convention Data

The funeral business has had its place in US and this story tells me why it could be better. Here are some details: NY Funeral Home Convention Data (see link below): * Funeral homes and crematories generated $11.05 billion in 2002 and $11.95 billion in 2007; that’s 900 million increase in two years. * Average cost… Continue Reading

Kansas City Funeral Home Maligned

Kansas City Funeral Home Maligned

Criminal charges were filed against the owner of a Kansas City funeral home which was previously closed by state regulators. He now has 10 felony counts of theft, violated the state’s pre-need funeral contract act and violated the Missouri merchandising practices act. Apparently Marts sold pre-need funeral services without a license to sell such contracts. He also… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Regulation

Funeral Home Regulation

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Department of Justice fined a Washington, D.C., funeral home $25,000 for failing to provide a list of casket prices to consumers before they choose one. Funeral homes are required to offer choices at various price points to customers. Every year, the FTC goes undercover; a checklist is… Continue Reading

Funeral Home Opens a Coffee House, Really!?

Funeral Home Opens a Coffee House, Really!?

The landscape of the funeral business has had some predictable changes. This change, however, could be considered “out of the box.” Yes, that is right. Starbucks is open for business at a South Carolina funeral home.  The funeral home found that there was extra space and the need for quality coffee for funeral goers was… Continue Reading