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CNN: Beating the high cost of funerals (VIDEO)

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It's a topic that intrigues us: how are people coping with funeral costs in a tough economy?

CNN's Kyra Phillips interviews Josh Slocum of the Funeral Consumers Alliance about the big mark up on casket costs and why embalming is actually optional.

Joshua Slocum, the Executive Director of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, recommend AGAINST prepaying for a funeral for the following reasons:

1. Only a few states have adequate legal protections for prepaid funeral customers.

2. In many states, you can lose a significant portion of what you prepaid if you cancel or transfer your account to another funeral home or cemetery. This means the original funeral home or cemetery gets paid for having provided you with nothing......

Watch the full CNN interview (6:14} on YouTube.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 06 March 2012 17:23 )

More Americans choosing 'green' burials

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Uses no vaults or chemicals
The Washington Times
Sunday, October 17, 2010

GOLDENDALE, Wash. | Steve Sall moved forward on uneven, rocky terrain in his motorized wheelchair and came to a stop at the edge of a sweeping vista of ponderosa pines and bright pockets of yellow wildflowers.

He wanted to see the canyon he used to hike before Lou Gehrig's disease left him near death. Three months later, Sall, 61, was laid to rest in the forest.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:38 ) Read more...

Dust to Dust - Local Cemetery Takes on the Funeral Industry

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Free Times - Columbia SC’s News and Arts Weekly

Green Burial - Local Cemetery Takes on the Funeral Industry

Most people don't find a funeral service by seeing it on a T-shirt. They open a phone book or a helpful nurse or minister murmurs a name.

But T-shirts are how Michael Bishop’s been advertising his business.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:40 ) Read more...

Death Is Big Business, Really! - Funeral Consumers Should Shop Around.

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Death Is Big Business, Really!
As a funeral home manager and funeral director, I can tell you that without question, a quick decision will create two problems. You will more than likely spend more than you should and not be fully aware of all of the funeral, cremation and burial options available.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:40 ) Read more...

Some Texas Funeral Homes Playing Musical Chairs With Your Loved Ones

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How Well Do You Trust Your Local Funeral Home?
There is a disturbing occurrence happening down in one Texas town that funeral consumers should be given the opportunity of knowing. Unfortunately, their funeral directors are not sharing. It involves outsourcing, but goes far beyond just a good business module ... and the families are paying more for it.
Read the full story by James H. Patton (licensed funeral director/embalmer).
Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 October 2010 07:41 )

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