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WISCONSIN : Funeral Trust was underwater for years, records show

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Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee WI
Oct. 20, 2012

Aggressive investment strategies backfired for people's prepaid funds

Investments managed by the Wisconsin Funeral Trust - marketed to consumers as a safe place to invest cash earmarked to cover their funeral expenses - have had a shortfall of millions of dollars every year since 2008, one year after the fund's investment advisers called for putting money into the stock market and other riskier investments, records obtained by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel show.

Read the full article at the Journal Sentinel


Billboards, cemeteries and an angry Lauren.

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Little Miss Funeral
October 20, 2012

I have a bone to pick.

You see, I was driving home the other day on the thruway and do you know what I passed? A billboard. I know, whatever, right? I mean, I feel like everywhere I go I see new billboards. Well, this one really got under my skin. And it really shouldn’t have. You see, the message was great, however I wanted to jump out of my car and yell “FALSE ADVERTISING!”

It was a billboard for cemeteries. It had a nice smiling couple on it and it said just a few small words; Have you PrePlanned?

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Funeral homes will have to cover some losses from troubled Wisconsin Funeral Trust

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Wisconsin State Journal
October 14, 2012

Consumers worried about being cheated out of death investments probably will get what’s coming to them, but their funeral home directors will get less than 70 cents on the dollar to cover their costs, the court-appointed receiver for the troubled Wisconsin Funeral Trust said Friday.

Thousands of Wisconsin residents who thought they had taken steps to afford their funerals by buying a low-risk investment that paid off at their death — and hundreds of funeral home directors who thought they had locked in customers for that very service — are in premature mourning.

Read the full article in the Wisconsin State Journal

Thanks to the HVCC Mortuary Science Alumni & Student Assoc for alerting us to this article.


The 8 "Must Dos" Of Funeral Planning

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Oct 15, 2012

Little is more heart-wrenchingly difficult than the task of:


Most people in the bereavement industry are compassionate individuals who truly care about those whom they serve. However, as with any other business, the bereavement industry also has its fair share of "undesirables." At best, these undesirables can include funeral directors who use emotional manipulation and clichéd "hard selling" to push clients into purchasing items that they do not want or need. At worst, reported incidents of blatant fraud aren't uncommon.

For both your protection and your peace of mind, here are eight recommended "must dos" of funeral planning:

Read the full article at HuffingtonPost

Thanks to ConnectingDirectors for alerting us to this article.


Choosing who will choose: The Why and How of Selecting a Healthcare Agent

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OK to Die
30 May 2012

Will your cousin (who lives across the country) choose what you will have for lunch?

Did your mother choose which underwear you are wearing today?

All very unlikely -yet both of these relatives could end up choosing whether you have a feeding tube placed in you, or whether you are kept alive on a ventilator in a diaper at the end of your life.

This is sometimes the case when we haven't created advance directives, and haven't spelled out in detail what we want or don't want, and haven't selected and educated a healthcare agent(s).

Beyond the obvious, there are two critical reasons that you should not allow the medical decision making role to fall haphazardly to your closest or most demanding family member should you become unable to make decisions for yourself....

Read the full article at OK to Die


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