In the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal up to 300 graves may have been desecrated, bones were piled up, 4 workers were involved.
In the United States of America people have have funerals and cemetery burials every day. In most cases the funeral home and cemetery rule. The rules are set in your funeral and cemetery contract. People in grief do not often read the fine print. A Funeral and a burial is both an emotional and a legal contract. Funerals and burials are regulated by contract law.
Often time the funeral director or cemetery sales person does not take the time to make sure the working stiffs understand the fine print.The door is then open to horrible heinous deception and greed. ABC 7 in Chicago has reported the existence of 2 types of burial contracts term graves, and select singles.
Term Graves and select singles are double grave stacking and burial contracts with graves that can be dug up in 20 years or so and transferred to a mass grave. This all must be spelled out in a contract. No one has stated that these type of Contracts are on file present in the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal. Note there are cultural, legal and historical aspects of all this which will not be addressed here.
There are 5 Illinois laws that probably apply here. There appears to be violations of these Laws in the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal.
- The Illinois Cemetery Protection Act
- Illinois Cemetery Care Act
- Illinois Pre-Need Cemetery Sales Act
- Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Act
- Article 16 of the Illinois Criminal Code.
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Disclaimer I am blogging on this subject from the perspective of the Funeral Director.This is not meant to be legal advice, or judgment of anyone involved in this situation, at Burr Oak Cemetery.
The Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal may not be Federal Crime. The Funeral Rule does not apply to cemeteries. The exception is Cemeteries with a Funeral Home on Site. A cemetery is covered under the Funeral Rule if they sell funeral goods and services. This appears not to apply to Burr Oak Cemetery. The Cook county Sheriff would know that for sure.
In the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal 300 graves were desecrated. Bones were piled up and discarded. there is an ongoing accounting of 100,00 graves.
The people arrested at Burr Oak Cemetery may not have committed a Federal crime under the Funeral Rule. This does not mean that the Funeral Rule should not apply to Cemeteries.The Federal Trade
Congress Needs to Amend The Funeral Rule to cover Cemeteries
commission does issue a warning at there website.
According to ftc.gov.
The FTC’s Funeral Rule does not cover cemeteries and mausoleums unless they sell both funeral goods and funeral services, so be cautious in making your purchase to ensure that you receive all pertinent price and other information, and that you’re being dealt with fairly.
The Federal Trade Commission needs to extend the Funeral Rule to Cemeteries.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC)needs to issue an Advisory Ruling extending the Funeral Rule to Cemeteries. This will go along way to preventing future Burr Oaks across the United States.
CONGRESS NEEDS TO AMEND THE FUNERAL RULE SO THE BURR OAK CEMETERY SCANDAL DOES NOT HAPPEN SOMEWHERE ELSE
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More information on this here.
The Walter Cronkite Family has requested, in lieu of flowers that donations go to a specific charity.
The Walter and Betsy Cronkite Children have requested that Donations be made in lieu of of flowers. This is a common practice at funerals.
The Fund they would like you to make a donation to is called “The Walter and Betsy Cronkite Fund for Fair Play”.
Here is the link where the Cronkite Children would like a donation to be made
This fund has been set up by the Walter and Betsy Cronkite Foundation through the Austin CommunityFoundation.com. It is called “The Walter and Betsy Cronkite Fund for Fair Play”.
“The Walter and Betsy Cronkite Fund for Fair Play was established by the Cronkite’s children to honor the lives of their parents. Betsy and Walter Cronkite were two extraordinary individuals. Many know Walter Cronkite as the man who delivered the news of the day as the anchor of the CBS evening news from 1962-1981.”
Donations to a Charity to honor a loved one is often requested instead of sending flowers.
Walter Cronkite Funeral Service to be private. Make a donation to his Funeral Fund.
“In lieu of flowers” followed by a “charity name” or “donations to the family” is commonplace in obituaries. This can be helpful to your charity,charities or the family to lower funeral cost.
Be sure to make your donation to the Walter Cronkite Funeral Fund
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