May. 4 2011
Did you know that the average traditional funeral in the U.S. (embalming, viewing, ceremony, transportation to the cemetery) costs around $7,300, not including up to $2,000 in cemetery fees? In other words, this could be one of the largest single financial transactions that a family member will make in his or her lifetime. Unfortunately, as Joshua Slocum of the advocacy group Funeral Consumers Alliance told me, "Most people sleepwalk into a funeral."
Read the full article in Forbes
The Rag Blog
Last Updated ( Monday, 16 May 2011 19:40 )
May 4, 2011
For the second time since 2000, I have encountered the unrelenting greed of Service Corporation International (SCI). In 1960, my parents, Herman and Arthur Mae "Smitty" Hankins, bought four plots in Greenlawn Memorial Park, a cemetery located in Groves, Texas, adjacent to Port Arthur, where I grew up. Around 1998, SCI acquired the cemetery from the family that had owned it for 100 years.
In 2000, after the death of my younger brother, his cremated remains were buried in one of the plots with the approval of Paul Pond, cemetery manager, and Craig McGee, the Area Manager for SCI at that time. Their approval came only after a prolonged negotiation made necessary by the desire of SCI to extract the most money possible out of every opportunity, often by relying on its own policies.
Read the full article in The Rag Blog
Funeral Consumer Advocate
Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 May 2011 16:13 )
Monday, May 2, 2011
Several years ago, while working for one of the funeral corporations, a client family approached me about purchasing their casket from an outside source. It was my first introduction to Trappist Caskets but not my last. A couple of Catholic churches were spreading the idea to parish families. Of course, my superiors were not fans and in fact, grew quite angry with the churches for the recommendation. Today, whether you are of Catholic faith or another faith, I can join the churches in recommending Trappist Caskets.
Read the full article at Funeral Consumer Advocate
The Truth About Funeral Home Casket Sales Tactics Sparks New Idea (May 3, 2011)
St. Petersburg Times
Last Updated ( Sunday, 08 May 2011 16:15 )
Friday, April 29, 2011
AskBury calls itself an independent referral service that makes its money through voluntary referral fees from funeral homes. Every page of its website says: "AskBury is NOT a funeral home, cemetery, or cremation society."
Read the full article in the St. Petersburg Times
But wait. Actually, it is.
It turns out AskBury is connected to Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes, a family-owned business since 1965 with seven locations in west-central Florida, including two in Tampa.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 03 May 2011 20:46 )
Ahlul Bayt Digital Islamic Library Project
These are the Islamic Laws according to the Fatawa of Ayatullah al Uzama Syed Ali al-Husaini Seestani. This is the English Version of Taudhihul Masae'l, translated by the World Federation of KSI Muslim Communities, P.O. Box 60, Stanmore, U.K. HA7 4LQ.
Read the Rules About Burial of the Dead Body
Bin Laden's body buried at sea: Guardian News (UK), Monday 2 May 2011
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