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When Prepaid Funeral Plans Are Wealth Killers

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Long Pitched to People of Lesser Means, the Controversial Deals
Are Going Upmarket - and Now May Carry Bigger Risks

It's among the best-intentioned and - in the eyes of some - worst investments that people make: paying in advance for a funeral.

Now, in the wake of recent allegations of fraud and mismanagement in this multibillion-dollar industry, state and federal lawmakers are trying to crack down on abuses in so-called prepaid funeral plans.
Last Updated ( Monday, 25 October 2010 07:21 ) Read more...
 

Choosing a Coffin - Article by The Good Funeral Guide (UK)

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Good Funeral Guide (UK)

Coffins
Choosing a coffin for someone is probably not a matter you have ever given much thought to, if any. When it actually comes to it, it can feel surreal.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:35 ) Read more...
 

Warning to Funeral Homes: CBS "60 Minutes" on the prowl again.

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Memorial Business Journal
October 21, 2010

The Axiom of Obvious

Over the past several weeks, it seemed as if 60 Minutes was gearing up to take another sweeps month swing at funeral service. A number of folks have reportedly been called by 60 Minutes researchers and asked various questions, but so far nothing has been scheduled. Several calls to CBS News did not produce a confirmation or a denial that such a profile was in the works. That just leaves one to speculate. After all, November is a huge TV ratings sweeps month.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:36 ) Read more...
 

Sacred Crossings: reclaiming the lost art and healing ritual of a Home Funeral (VIDEO)

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VIDEO LINK AT END OF ARTICLE

Empowering families to create personal and deeply meaningful funerals for their loved one, at home.

Emotionally powerful video.  Captures the essence of a Home Funeral.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 October 2010 08:11 ) Read more...
 

Preneed Contract Forms: Worth The Paper They're Written On?

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Death Care Compliance Law
October 20, 2010

With the exception of a few states, each form of preneed funding has its own statutory requirements. Consequently, different contract forms are required for each method of preneed funding. So, what does this mean for the consumer worried about the safety of funds paid to the funeral home or cemetery.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:36 ) Read more...
 


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