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President Obama, Clinton Attend Jean Biden Funeral-YourFuneralGuy

12 Jan

President Obama, wife Michelle an Former President Bill Clinton attended the Funeral of the mother of Vice President Joe Biden. Biden gave the Eulogy for his mother Jean Biden.

President Obama and wife Michelle (sporting a new hairstyle) attended the funeral today of Joe Biden’s mother, Jean, who died Friday at age 92.

Former President Bill Clinton also attended the service, as did nearly 500 others.

via content.usatoday.com

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Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal 9,000 Graves beyond capacity-YourFuneralGuy

12 Jan

Burr Oak Cemetery: Illegal grave stacking has this scandal ridden site beyond capacity

The Burr Oak Cemetery is 9,000 graves beyond capacity. This according to Cook County Sheriff  Tom Dart. The Burr oak cemetery Scandal was one of the top funeral scandals in 2009 and the past decade. In July 2009,  4 people were arrested  and  over three hundred graves were found desecrated.

The legal impact on the owners of the company, Perpetua, Inc has  not been revealed. How could the owners not have know?. How could the executives at this neglectful company not be aware? Mismanagement definitely. Fraud Maybe. What will be the effect of this information on the many Burr Oak Cemetery Lawsuits?

Snippet:

CHICAGO — Law enforcement officials say a new study shows thousands more people may be buried at a suburban ChicagoCemetery than the land is supposed to hold.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart says the study suggests the practice of stacking caskets on top of each other or simply discarding remains was far more common at Burr Oak Cemetery than they suspected.

via www.forbes.com

Sheriff Dart has handled this scandal well. But their appears to be no relief for those families who are victims of this national tragedy

The lesson for the funeral consumer here is to to research information on the funeral  or cemetery provider you do business with.

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NYSE:HI Hillenbrand(Batesville Casket) Non Funeral K-Tron Acquisition under investigation-YourFuneral Guy

12 Jan

A Hillenbrand- Batesville Casket-non funeral acquisition is under investigation

NYSE:HI “Hillenbrand” AKA Batesville Casket  acquisition of K-Tron is already under investigation. It seems that some think that the K-Tron shareholders were taken advantage of because there was no investigation of other buyers.

Hillenbrand Inc had declining revenue sales in 2009. In order to put an end to revenue  losses the World’s largest Casket Manufacturer has gone outside the casket sale to increase revenue.

Hillenbrand purchased the rights to Goria  Burial Vaults. near the end of 2009 and announced the K-Tron Purchase in early 2010. But as in any Corporate funeral business deal, there is shadiness in the grey areas. In this case an investigation was revealed within a  day after  the announced acquisition.

Snippet:

The law firm of Harwood Feffer LLP is investigating possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of K-Tron (“K-Tron”) (NYSE:KTII) arising out of the proposed acquisition of K-Tron by Hillenbrand, Inc. (“Hillenbrand”) (NYSE:HI).

On Monday, January 11, 2010, K-Tron announced it had agreed to be acquired by Hillenbrand. The transaction will have an aggregate purchase price of approximately $435 million…..

However, K-Tron may not have adequately shopped itself around before entering into this transaction and, pursuant to this proposed transaction, Hillenbrand may be underpaying for K-Tron, thus unlawfully harming K-Tron shareholders.via www.globenewswire.com

Funeral industry| Funeral News  |Funeral blog by Your Funeral Guy

This is an illustration as to why dealings with corporate funeral homes should be avoided.

President Obama, Michelle, to attend VP Mother “Jean Biden” Funeral-YourFuneralGuy

12 Jan

President of the Unite states attending the VP Mothers Funeral

The President of the United States will attend  the Jean Biden Funeral Mass Today. The service begins at 11:00 AM Eastern time in  Wilmington,Delaware.

Funeral Services: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will join Vice President Joe Biden and his family in Wilmington, Del., today to attend the funeral of Biden’s mother, Jean Biden, who died Friday at the age of 92.

via blogs.wsj.com

Security is very strict for this funeral.  This is due to recent attempts at terrorism. No purses or handbags allowed in side the funeral mass.

Sadly there are reports of protesters across  the street from the church.

The exact arrival time and route to the funeral at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 4701 Weldin Road, Brandywine Hundred, had not been disclosed to the public.

via www.delawareonline.com

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Now Comes News articles that are”Big Death” NYSE:SCI Funeral Spin-YourFuneralGuy

12 Jan

One of the Nicknames out there For Service Corporation International is Big Death

The year is starting out with SCI Service Corporation International getting a hold of some reporters and positively spinning their efforts. It is hard to believe that any reporter could miss the national scandals that were Service Corporation International in 2009.

Recently,Several articles have been found to positively spin SCI,Service Corporation International and Dignity Memorial(TM)

This is an example that  could pass as an advertsement for Service Corporation International.

If more people knew about the advantages of preplanning, Dasso said they would clamor to take part. As a member of Dignity Memorial — a network that includes more than 1,000 cremation, funeral and cemetery providers in America and Canada — Langevin-Mussetter can offer some specialized services.

via www.yakima-herald.com

There seems to be a pattern in these articles.

First The AARP  is often invoked. The AARP  advocates preplanning not prepaying (very different things)for good reasons.

Second, preplanning and prepaying  are interchanged in the article as the same thing.  Assigning preplanning and prepaying  is a basic and simple  funeral scam.

Third Funeral Scandal is left out of the article. In early 2009 SCI was reported by the Washington Post to be abusing Veterans Corpses heading to Arlington National Cemetery.

Later in 2009 SCI was reported to have desecrated 500 graves at Eden Memorial park outside Los Angeles.

Now not all SCI or Dignity Memorial(TM) folks are bad. When writing about these folks and their funeral locations it is only fair  to present both sides and include the Scandal. One does not have to go to the extremes of the new NYSE:SCI nicknames of Big Death, Enron Evil, Scsi and evil empire.

The truth about prefunding a funeral has not been  not presented  honestly in many of the news reports.There are true dangers and risks to prepaying, and sending in monthly payments.(guaranteed preneed) The AARP has often warned about these specifics.

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