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Illinois Funeral Director Assoc. Lawsuit leader speaks to Press|YourFuneralGuy

30 Mar

Alex Calvert,  whose Calvert Funeral Homes LLC is the lead name in the Six Funeral Director Class Act Class Action  Lawsuit against the Illinois Funeral Directors Association recently spoke to the press.

His comments were not about the IFDA Preneed Trust  Scandal. Instead he commented on Human Remains (Ashes) left in Funeral Homes.

Leader in IFDA Lawsuit-talks to the press

The key,” says Alex Calvert, director of Calvert & Metzler Funeral Home in Bloomington, and one of more than 35 Calvert homes across Illinois, “is to have a plan with the family (for dispensation of the ashes) and to maintain a communication. We have to make sure people have a plan of what they want to do and that usually works. I’m not saying we’ve not had loved ones stay here for months, but eventually it’s resolved.”


Maybe Mr Calvert (and other Funeral Directors In Illinois) should have had a plan with the IFDA (to keep track of the folks preneed Funds)  and maintained communication so over 100 million dollars would not have been lost and mismanaged.

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Cremation for a “loved one”varies by Country worldwide-Yourfuneralguy

27 Jan

Cremation as a means of  disposal of a (loved one) the dead varies by country worldwide. Religion is a factor. In Islam it is forbidden.The Jewish folks generally frown on it. Hinduism and Buddhism encourage cremation. In the United States cremation is growing rapidly causing a decline in the Traditional Funeral  Industry. In Japan cremations are required by law.

Cremations are growingin poularity around the World.

Cremation can lower your funeral cost significantly.

Cremation is irreversible so this option needs to be considered carefully based upon one’s 0wn beliefs.

Cremation will always allow you to come in under the average cost of a funeral.

Culture usually dictates the popularity of cremation.

When choosing cremation it is best to have an understanding of the cremation process.

When ashes are returned to the family there are thousands of options on what can be done with the ashes.

The Three Basic options for the  ashes for a family are burial, scattering or personal  keepsake storage.

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Unemployment High:Will Scatter Ashes for Money.-YourFuneralGuy

8 Jun

With unemployment high folks are taking to scattering ashes for money. Now all kinds of folks are doing this.

All Kinds of Folks are entering the Ashes Scatering

All Kinds of Folks are entering the Ashes Scattering Biz Ashes are scattered after the cremation process is complete.

Entering  Funeral Scattering  biz around the country are Funeral Directors and others. Crematories, Funeral homes,  boat owners, small plane operators and naturalists are all participating. It is all happening by air, land and sea.

From the Bend Bulliten

Rusty Wilkerson, the owner of Wing and a Prayer, uses his 1947 Stinson to scatter ashes over a place that held significance to the deceased.

“There are a lot of people that want the service, but they’re still alive. That poses a problem.”

It does if you have a business scattering people’s cremated remains from an airplane, says Randal “Rusty” Wilkerson, a 46-year-old pilot living in Bend.

When I practiced as a funeral director in Virginia, directors on their days off would scatter ashes by air, and sea for money.

Consider Scattering Ashes when doing a funeral arrangement. Instead of hiring someone it just may be scatter the ashes of your loved one yourself. It will save you money.

Funeral Industry| Funeral Blog by your Funeral Guy- R Brian Burkhardt, author