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SCI sues to stop new mortuary owner from using his family name

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The Post-Standard (Syracuse)
Sunday, November 14, 2010

Corporation sues to stop new mortuary owner from using the Pirro family name

Syracuse, NY -- Fifteen years ago, one of the biggest funeral chains in North America added Syracuse to its empire by paying more than $6 million for Pirro & Sons, one of the area’s most prestigious and successful mortuaries.

As it does in other cities, Service Corporation International went on to snap up other area mom-and-pop funeral homes in Syracuse to add to its chain of more than 1,200 mortuaries.
Last Updated ( Monday, 15 November 2010 13:03 ) Read more...

PBS Frontline - Facing Death

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PBS Frontline
Premiere Date: 11/23/2010

Facing Death

How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of "pulling the plug," do you know how you'll respond?
Last Updated ( Saturday, 13 November 2010 10:12 ) Read more...

Cemetery Ad Stirs Up a Stinging Controversy

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The Jewish Exponent
November 11, 2010

Philadelphia PA

Cemetery Ad Stirs Up a Stinging Controversy

Although he sensed potential provocation, the general manager of a local Jewish cemetery said he never imagined that his full-page advertisement touting cremation as an alternative to burial would cause such a backlash.

"Did you know ... Jewish people are being cremated?" blared the banner in the full-page advertisement for Roosevelt Memorial Park in Trevose in the Oct. 28 issue of the Jewish Exponent.
Last Updated ( Friday, 12 November 2010 12:39 ) Read more...

Unmasking the wolves - Brit's reaction to SCI's troubles in the U.S.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The Good Funeral Guide (UK)

Unmasking the wolves

Over in the US, Service Corporation International (SCI) the multinational deathcare conglomerate which, here in the UK, begat Dignity, is in hot water. Again. One of its funeral homes, trading under the name of Stanetsky Memorial Chapels, mixed up two bodies. When they realised what they’d done, it seems that they illegally exhumed the one they’d already buried (it had enjoyed a good Jewish funeral first), and reburied it in the right place.
Read the full article in The Good Funeral Guide
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 November 2010 11:12 )

Funeral homes shouldn’t bury the living, too

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Boston Herald
November 8, 2010

Most of us have been there.

Grandma dies, or dear old dad. Everybody’s at the funeral home. Some oily guy with soft hands shows you the solid walnut casket for $4,000 and the gold-trimmed version for $5,500. Then there’s the funeral burial vault (the what?) for another $1,000. "It protects the body from the, uh, well, uh," says oily guy in faked solemn tones, "the, uh, organisms and uh, decomposition."

"Look at this cheap swindler," you’re thinking. "But we can’t scrimp on grandma," says keep-up-with-the-Joneses sister. Newly orphaned mom, meanwhile, is useless, just wailing away there in her funeral-home-special, hard-backed chair.

And before you know it, you’ve spent $10,000.
Read the full article at


State Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation offers alternatives to pricey burials.
Last Updated ( Monday, 08 November 2010 16:09 )

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