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LGBT Funeral Rights

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Karen Zinn's has a new article on the pitfalls lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face when planning funerals for their partners. LGBT folks take note! If your state doesn't have same sex marriage you're likely to run into legal hurdles involving who has the right to make decisions about the disposition of the body. Having a healthcare power of attorney is not enough. 

Check out the article, and also our list of Designated Agent For Body Disposition laws by state. 


Forgotten Ashes

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Pennsylvania funeral director Michael Neal has come up with a website that looks like an actual first—  He's listed unclaimed cremated remains at his funeral home in hopes relatives will come forward. Funeral directors can list their unclaimed cremated remains on the site, too. 


FCA on Good Goodbye Radio

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Tune in online at 6 p.m Eastern/3 p.m. Pacific on Wednesday, June 12, 2013,  to a Good Goodbye radio for a live show with Josh Slocum, executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance. Hosted by Gail Rubin, A Good Goodbye Radio will be taking live calls at 866-404-6519.


Last Updated ( Monday, 10 June 2013 14:37 )

Service Corporation International To Acquire Stewart Enterprises, Inc.

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PR Newswire
Service Corporation International
Houston TX
May 29, 2013

Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI) announced today the signing of a definitive agreement with Stewart Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: STEI) to acquire all of Stewart's outstanding shares of Class A and Class B common stock for $13.25 per share in cash.  The acquisition, which has been approved by the Board of Directors of both companies, has an enterprise value of $1.4 billion.

Read the full article at PR Newswire


Maine, 2013--preneed insurance voted down

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With the help of the FCA of Maine, lawmakers squashed a bill backed by funeral giant Service Corporation International (also known as Dignity Memorial) that would have allowed funeral home to sell insurance to consumers. So-called "funeral insurance" is usually an expensive scam of a product that's not in the customer's best interests. See the Grim Reader to find out how much it could cost you and  for advice on  better ways to spend your money. 

Last Updated ( Friday, 24 May 2013 14:34 )

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