The recent treatment of the Dead at the Service Corporation International- National Funeral Home in Falls
The SCI Demaine Servicing Funeral Home, Manager told the customer it was a misunderstanding. Abusing deceased loved ones is never a misunderstanding. Demaine Funeral Home pictured.
Church,Va is a tragedy for funeral professionals around the country. More and more trust and respect is taken away from funeral directors because of the inability of the funeral industry to police themselves(Gosh, that sounds familiar).
The fact that the events occurred within a few miles of the nations capital makes it all the worst. The story was first reported in The Washington Post Article and Video.
The SCI Trail first goes back to grave desecration in Florida At Service Corporation International (SCI) Cemeteries. This mess was reported settled for 100 million dollars.
A Snippet from Fox News:
“December 20, 2001
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Attorneys suing a cemetery company accused of recycling graves showed grisly photos and video footage Thursday of crushed burial vaults and human remains discarded in the woods.
They also presented internal documents they say show Menorah Gardens & Funeral Chapels in West Palm Beach and its owner, Houston-based Service Corporation International, were aware of the grave desecration’s SCI is the world’s largest cemetery company.”
The fact is that the next steps backward lead to “funeralgate”and George W Bush before he became President in 2000.
The Current SCI Atrocity at National Funeral Home relates back to a Scandal in TEXAS involving then Governor Bush.
GWB complicated things a bit. This was a SCI “EMBALMING SCANDAL” like the one Service Corporation International-SCI- is now facing in Virginia at National Funeral Home, and Demaine Funeral home. Funeral Directors and Embalmers are responsible for the treatment of the dead under their care.
A snippet from Wikepedia :
“In the late 1990s, SCI was involved in a controversy involving alleged violations of Texas State EMBALMING LAWS. The proceedings took a political slant due to Robert Waltrip’s friendship with the family of then-governor George W. Bush and Waltrip’s campaign contributions to various members of the Bush family..
Referred to as “Funeralgate” or “Formaldegate” in the media, the controversy was widely publicized when Eliza May—a director with the Texas Funeral Service Commission (TFSC)—was fired while investigating SCI. May alleged in a civil suit that she was fired because she refused to halt her investigation, despite pressure to do so from Governor Bush.…..
The lawsuit was settled in 2001 for more than $200,000.”
Robert Waltrip the CEO and founder of Service Corporation International needs to step down. There have been too many scandals. Some kind of national regulations needs to be put in place for both preneed and the treatment of dead folks including proper embalming.
There need to be guidelines beyond the funeral rule. You may be surprised to know that the dead have rights. So may Service Corporation International, Robert Waltrip and the Folks at Demaine Funeral Home and National Funeral Home.
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Demaine Funeral Home pic from FLICKR
George Bush Pic from Flickr.
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