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SCI Announces the Acquisition of 70% Interest in The Neptune Society, Inc.

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PR Newswire
June 3, 2011
HOUSTON, June 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), the largest provider of deathcare products and services in North America, today announced that it has acquired 70% of the outstanding shares of The Neptune Society, Inc.  Neptune is the nation's largest direct cremation organization, with annual revenues of more than $55 million and a network of 30 locations in nine states. Through an active preneed sales program, Neptune has built a backlog of future revenues of more than $125 million.  Neptune operates under the brand names Neptune Society, Neptune Cremation Service and Trident Society.
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Special thanks to Caroline Flanders of the Deathcare Discussion Mailing List for directing us to this article.

The Venerable Bede (673-735 CE) on Life

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The Good Funeral Guide (UK)
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Go, Bede!

The present life of man, O king, seems to me like to the swift flight of a sparrow through the hall wherein you sit at supper in winter, with your commanders and ministers, and a good fire in the midst, whilst the storms of rain and snow prevail abroad; the sparrow, I say, flying in at one door, and immediately out at another, whilst he is within, is safe from the wintry storm; but after a short space of fair weather, he immediately vanishes out of your sight, into the dark winter from which he had emerged. So this life of man appears for a short space, but of what went before, or what is to follow, we are utterly ignorant.

Source: The Good Funeral Guide


Saint Bede or the Venerable Bede (Wikipedia)

Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 August 2011 20:54 )

The Funeral Rule: Why It Should Rest in Peace

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Funeral Business Advisor
Monday, May 23, 2011

An Industry View Point
Over the roughly seventeen years that the Funeral Rule ("the Rule") has been around, it has caused quite a bit of chaos and confusion in the death care industry. Not because the industry was rife with fraud and deceptive dealings as many "consumer advocates" would have us believe, but because its vague and confusing language paired with its confusing enforcement have been a challenge to the most conscientious operator.

There is now a call by some to expand the Funeral Rule. As a part of this, the Rule itself is being examined for its efficacy and whether it is even necessary at all. Most death care providers are very passionate about the Rule; either they hate it and want it abolished all together, or they hate it and they want it expanded to everyone in the industry, so all will suffer equally.
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A Day in Honor of Friendship

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Uploaded on Oct 25, 2009
The music is by our friend Steve Storm!

Sorry I got my camera out so late (and unfortunately some of these shots are as blurry as we were feeling) but I just wanted all of you to have this memory of a beautiful day spent in celebration of our great friend Kailash...

With all my love and deepest gratitude to each and every one of you for today, and a special thanks to the Crestone End Of Life Project!

xo Gayatri
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Open letter from SCI funeral chain official misleads public

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The San Marcos (Texas) Mercury
Freethought San Marcos: A column
by Lamar W. Hankins
Submitted on Thursday, 2 June 2011
Austin [Texas] funeral service icon Charles Walden lent his name to a misleading open letter that appeared, apparently as a paid advertisement, in the Austin American-Statesman, page A6, on May 26. The purpose of the letter seems to be to convince Austin area readers that the five Cook-Walden funeral service locations in the Austin area are the same now as they have been for the last 100 years. Of course, this is not the case. Cook-Walden originally had just one funeral home 40 years ago. It is now owned by Service Corporation International (SCI) - the largest funeral and cemetery chain in the world.
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