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Non-guaranteed preneed: time to review the duties

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The financial fallout from the failures of NPS and IFDA regarding compliance with state and federal laws has accelerated the decision of many funeral directors to switch to the non-guaranteed preneed contract. That non-guaranteed contract represents a fundamental change in the relationship that is established between the consumer, the funeral home and the preneed fiduciary.
Death Care Law (09/26/2010) has the fulll story.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 06 October 2010 05:30 )
 

Pub to open in Providence funeral home

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) - Providence city officials have granted a liquor license to the owner of an east side funeral home, clearing the way for the business to open an Irish pub inside.

Mark Russell, who operates Monahan Funeral Home, plans to convert a garage attached to the funeral home into a pub, which will be called McBride's.

WPRI Eyewitness News has the full story & video.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:43 )
 

Extended review at Arlington hasn't resolved problems

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Arlington National Cemetery officials said they are making progress in rectifying the problems with more than 200 grave-sites identified in an Army Inspector General's report by verifying paperwork, using ground-penetrating radar and, in a few cases, digging up graves with a backhoe.

But although it has been four months since the report was released, many of the record-keeping issues remain unresolved, the full scope of the problems at the nation's premier military cemetery is unknown and the cemetery's leadership cannot say how long it will take to fix the situation.

The Washington Post has the full story.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:48 )
 

Home Funerals - "How-To" Videos

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Interested in conducting a home-directed or "do it yourself" funeral, but do not know where or how to start?

If you are seeking practical "how-to" information, these excellent Home Funeral Workshop videos produced by Adam Bates of Austin TX fit the bill.

View Home Funeral Video 1

View Home Funeral Video 2

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:46 )
 

Indiana funeral director accused of stealing prepaid money, switching ashes

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Indiana prosecutors say a funeral director misused his customers' prepaid funeral money, cremated humans and pets together, and gave the wrong ashes back to families:

A southern Indiana funeral home director faces more than 60 charges for allegedly defrauding families of money and delivering bogus cremated remains to others.

Richard D. Pyke was already in jail at the Clark County Detention Center facing similar charges. On Tuesday, prosecutors filed an additional 36 charges against him, including theft and insurance fraud.

Asst. Chief Prosecutor Jeremy Mull says Pyke mishandled money intended for a cemetery trust fund, which was established for families who pre-paid for burial services.

Indiana State Police found human bodies and several dogs at Pyke's crematorium in May, some of which had begun to decay.

Pyke also faces charges of violating Indiana's cremation statute for allegedly providing families of the deceased with bogus remains. Some of the latest charges deal with infants, whose bodies were found in a refrigeration unit at Pyke's funeral service in Henryville, Indiana.

WDRB-TV has the whole story here.

Last Updated ( Friday, 26 August 2011 11:44 )
 


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