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Wisconsin: borrowing from the NPS playbook

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Death Care Law Blog
October 25 2012

Wisconsin Funeral Directors Association's Master Trust

Recent document disclosures are reflecting that several factors contributed to the WFDA’s master trust deficiency (and the appointment of a receiver). Certain of those factors relate to the fees paid to fund managers and the association’s sponsorship charges. Those factors are relevant to other association master trusts and we will explore them in subsequent posts. However the ‘straw’ that broke this camel’s back came straight from the National Prearranged Services’ playbook.

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More people choose 'green' funerals

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Minnesota Public Radio
October 24, 2012

 ST. PAUL, Minn. — As environmental consciousness has grown in the country, some people like Theresa Purcell have questioned the practice of pumping dead bodies full of chemicals before they're buried in thick, concrete vaults in the ground.

"People are unfamiliar with the embalming process. People just hear that if you're going to be buried, you need a concrete vault but don't actually question the reasons behind that," said Purcell, who runs the Full Circle Project, which advocates for natural burials. "In the grand scheme of things, it's a huge waste of resources."

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Thanks to ConnectingDirectors for alerting us to this article.


Federal court rules in favor of monks, sends casket case to Louisiana Supreme Court

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The Times-Picayune (
New Orleans LA
Published October 23, 2012
Updated October 24, 2012

"We insist that Louisiana's rules not be irrational."

In a sometimes harshly worded ruling, a panel of federal appellate judges Tuesday evening smacked down the Louisiana funeral board's continued attempts to prevent the St. Joseph Abbey monks from selling their hand-crafted caskets. "The great deference due state economic regulation (does not require) courts to accept nonsensical explanations for naked transfers of wealth," wrote Judges Patrick Higginbotham, Catharina Haynes and Stephen A. Higginson of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. "We insist that Louisiana's rules not be irrational."

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 October 2012 05:24 )

Practicing Irrational Medicine at the End of Life

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OK to Die Blog
Monday, 13 August 2012

We have got to start practicing conscious, rational and caring medicine at the end of life. We doctors must ask ourselves, “What medications really matter for this patient?” We must be having conversations that the patients and families can actually understand. We must be talking about how the “high tech” pathway at the end of life may actually create or prolong unnecessary suffering. We must instead focus on communicating that the “high touch,” comfort-focused pathway is most likely to give final peace to all parties- patients and families alike. Becoming less like cows, and awakening ourselves to these changes in practice pathways will not only rescue our patients and families from needless medical interventions and suffering at the end of life, it might just help save the life of the Medicare and Medicaid systems as well.... and that's something to "Moo" about.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2012 08:22 )

Preneed Trusts : A Call to Mark to Market

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Death Care Law Blog
October 20, 2012

Advice to National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA)

We need to augment the advice offered the NFDA in 2009: eliminate from your trust evaluation guidelines any suggestions that a guaranteed rate of return is permissible. The days of set rates of return or book/tax cost of account for distributions are over.

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