Archive | May, 2008

Your Funeral Guy: In The Future-Traditional Funeral Cost goes away.

31 May

Funeral Cost of the Future: No Vault, No Casket, No Embalming. In the near future traditional funeral cost will go away. Much of this is talked about in the work “Rest in Peace”

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

“In the near future you will not need to have a casket, vault or embalming..”

Two ‘green’ cemeteries in the state of Maine reject embalming, expensive caskets and vaults….these cemeteries are recently created.

Rainbow’s End in Orrington, Maine is one of two recently developed “green cemeteries” in Maine and a few in the United States of America.

A small but growing number of United States citizens are beginning to rethink the modern approach to death and dying.

Believers in “green” funerals and burials are willing to let nature take over with a body rather than delay the inevitable through chemicals, steel caskets and cement cemetery vaults.

They are choosing to do “dust to dust naturally” in places that look more like fields and state parks than manicured lawns and memorial gardens.
This is the concept of a simple burial and signals a 21st century return to pre civil war burials.

In most green cemeteries around the world bodies must be buried in plain wooden- wicker caskets, shrouds or other biodegradable options.

For some, it’s just about money. For others it is about eco friendly.Green Funerals and burials can cost thousands less than a conventional funeral , which can run as high as $10,000-$15,000 with burial.

Green funeral s also creatively eliminate expensive preneed contracts.
All this has been apart of Jewish and Islamic Traditions for many years,

With the return to green funerals comes also a return to home funerals and families caring for the dead.

You can view a full article on these matters here.:
http://bangornews.com/news/t/news.aspx?articleid=164846&zoneid=500

In the near future a lower cost funeral will be much easier to accomplish.

Your Funeral Guy: NPS customers need to continue to pay-Funeral cost

26 May

Even if the Funeral director or insurance Co runs off with the money They require you to continue to pay funeral cost.

NPS customers must CONTINUE TO PAY Funeral cost:

In Order to continue to get face value of NPS policies customer must continue to pay Preened payments.

Or you may receive a reduced payup plan.

Here is a link to  National  Prearranged  Services specific information from NPS itself.

http://www.npsnetwork.com/consumers.html

More information on the Perils of preneed can be found here:

NPS does business in various states under various names, including

  1. Forever Enterprises (formally known as Lincoln Heritage Corporation),
  2. National Prearranged Services (NPS),
  3. Lincoln Memorial Life Insurance (LMLI) and
  4. Memorial Service Life Insurance Company (MSLI).

Please call your State Dept of Insurance for your funeral cost status

More information on the Perils of preneed can be found here along with funeral costs.:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger State of Illinois

Your Funeral Guy: New way to bury folks Funeral cost not known

24 May

Your Funeral Guy: New way to bury folks Funeral cost not known. It is almost right out of the movie psycho.

There is a new way to  go after you die Go right down the drain. The funeral cost is not known.

Now if you die in the future you may find yourself dissolved in acid.
This is not just a futuristic possibility.
Mortuaries and states are considering this option.

This according to Fox News after you die you could be dissolved in acid and go right down the drain.

The article is here:
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,354610,00.html.

Medical Centers use it on human bodies donated for research.
No Funeral home in the world has done this yet but it will happen…soon.

With crematory emissions becoming an environmental issue. THIS IS A Real possible form of final disposition.

A little known fact is that it is legal in Minnesota.
Some church leaders are against this.
Truly like cremation it is far off the chart of traditional burial.

Psychopaths and dictators have used this on their victims in the past.
The cost of this per body is not available at this time. It is not clear whether this will be a lower cost funeral or not, Impact on funeral costs is not known.

Some folks find this quite disgusting and it propels them toward a traditional funeral. Church leaders may be against this and it seems like a creepy way of burial.
Death and dying has taken some strange turns lately.

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger State of Illinois

Your Funeral Guy: Beware Funeral Cost Vampires

19 May

BEWARE OF  FUNERAL COST VAMPIRES:

Did you know that on one side of town you can pay $500.00 for a cremation and on another side of town your cremation cost may mean $2200.00.

THIS FROM THE MAY 18th  issue of the Arizona Republic:

“A “direct cremation” at Angels Cremation and Burial in Mesa is $475. At A-L Moore Grimshaw Mortuaries in Phoenix, expect to pay $2,195.

For a “traditional burial,” which includes basic services such as picking up the body, refrigeration, obtaining a death certificate and placing the body in a casket, a customer could pay $1,305 at Greer-Wilson Funeral Home in Phoenix. Or $4,700 at Phoenix Memorial Park and Mortuary.

Not including the cost of the casket.”

This comes from Edythe JensenThe Arizona Republic

View the full story here:

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/05/18/20080518priceofdeath0511.html

As you can see there are truly funeral cost vampires out there. So be sure to find one that is not going to bite you.

You can read more about it here:

Find out about the funeral cost vampires that are out there.

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger State of Illinois

Your Funeral Guy: 3 funeral cost negotiation tools.

14 May

There are many funeral cost negotiation tools: Here are three funeral cost negotiation tools.

The 1st Funeral Cost Negotiation tool is right there on the General Price List. A GPL or general price list is required by the Funeral Rule and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). If you inquire on prices a Funeral Home is required by a body of Congressional Law to supply a General Price List. Every time you find yourself at different funeral home it is a good idea to pick one up.

The 1st funeral cost negotiation tool is:You do not have to accept the prices on the General Price List of a specific package Many folks simply believe that the GPL is the final deal on the cost of a funeral. Under the Funeral Rule you can purchase only the services you want.

The General Price List is simply the start of the funeral negotiation process. It is only the starting point of negotiations!

The 2nd Funeral cost Negotiation tool is to use tried and true negotiation tactics as negotiation tactics as you would in buying a car or a house.
One simple tactic is to tell the funeral director you are going to pay(offer) less than his fees.

The 3rd Secret Funeral cost Negotiation tool s ask the funeral director to leave before you sign the final contract.
Just say you need to take some time to discuss it with your family! You have the right to take some time on this big decision.

Your Funeral Guy, R Brian Burkhardt, Funeral Director, Author, Blogger State of Illinois

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

Your Funeral Guy: Zingwacker idea a Funeral Cost Book!

11 May

Rest in Peace released May1st: The best lower cost funeral info.

Rest in Peace Insider’s tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral is a great guide on Funeral Cost. Rest in Peace was released May 1st 2008, This work contains the best lower cost funeral information out there. Here is what one Funeral Director said after the book release:

After reading “Rest in Peace” Claire and I found this to be very informative and truly would be a very important help to those who are facing making Funeral Arrangements. Many good ideas were presented We think that the AARP would be very interested in reading this book. Our best to you in trying to educate the public on Funeral Arrangements.–Ed Cronic Funeral Director.

You can Now Purchase “Rest in Peace” at major online outlets and order it at your local bookstore.

A book on lowering your funeral cost is a zingwacker idea for a book. It will be a great help to Mom, Dad, Grandma and Grandpa.

Search Inside this work here:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak. #1 International Best Selling Author Jason Oman also gave thumbs up to this book.

This work has great funeral tips and can save you thousands on Funeral Costs! A true money saver.

Your Funeral Guy: Is God on the Side of Funeral Cost? Whose cost?

10 May

It should be more than obvious that God is on the side of Family Funeral Cost.

To say that God is on the side of a Funeral Directors or the funeral industry is quite a stretch. It seems to be implied by many a funeral director. God is on the side of reducing funeral cost. To decided to reduce funeral cost is the basics of Funeral Planning 101. A low cost funeral and saving money for life is always best.

Yes many are honest and truly have the family interest at heart. I became a Funeral Director because I wanted to help families. Indeed the lights need to be paid and the books need to be balanced. However there are recent scandals often unreported by the press and blogs. In Illinois the IFDA, or the Illinois Funeral Directors Association lost 40 million dollars of the IFDA Preneed Trust fund. The IFDA’s license to manage the trust money was removed by the Comptroller of the State of Illinois. This was reported only in one statewide newspaper.

Nationally, NPS or National Prearranged Services, shut down this year because someome ran off with the folks money. A large amount of money. This was a large scale scandal that happened. Families need to be aware of these scams. Prearranged Services are suppose to save folks money, not cost.

Inspite of this Congress on April 29th Initiated after little debate the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Recognition day Day. Many times individual funeral Directors have run off with preneed funds. On April 29th 2008 The recognition day was passed by the House of Representatives with a voice vote.. Congress and the media have not investigated Funeral Director’s inability to keep themselves honest.

The public is not forewarned about dishonest folk in the funeral business. They are in many funeral homes. All Funeral homes are not honest as one may think.

The NFDA, National Funeral Directors Association, by it’s own admission is quite hypocritical on the Funeral Rule. In it’s May 2007 Issue, it admitted that it publicly supported the funeral rule in it’s magazine and at the same time worked against the funeral rule in Congress.

No God is not on the funeral director’s side but on the family’s side. And many families are quite capable of handling the details of a funeral that the funeral director does. Yes families need to pay funeral directors on some of the details of a funeral but they also have the right to handle many of the details of a funeral themselves when they are strong enough and willing to do so! An honest funeral director will keep the families interest first, often the line is blurred and this does not just happen. I have done funerals where nobody came. They deserve the same service as those where thousands showed up. I am not attacking any personal or funeral home’s goodness. The families need to be aware of funeral folks who are not good so they can save on funeral cost.

R.Brian Burkhardt. Your Funeral Guy, Funeral Director State of Illinois, Author, Blogger, Funeral Advocate.

More helpful information can be found on funeral cost here:

Insider's Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak