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Controversial Low Cost Jewish Chicagoland Director Returns-yourfuneralguy

13 Sep
Chicago Tribune building
Low Cost Funeral Controversey in the Chicago Tribune.  Image via Wikepedia

A Controversial Low cost Chicagoland Funeral Director has returned to the Chicago Area. Now there are two Loyd Mandel named Funeral services  operating in a  Chicago Suburb.

Mandel is known for giving low funeral cost  services to the Jewish Community.

The world’s largest Funeral Corporation,  Service Corporation International(SCI)  who purchased the  original Loyd Mandel Funeral Service  Name for millions is very upset. They have been taking ads out near the obituary section of the Chicago Tribune opposing the Mandel return.

Lloyd Mandel long ago established himself as a maverick of the Jewish funeral business in Chicago when he opened a storefront funeral parlor that allowed him to book basement-price services for the dead.

In 1989, the Wilmette native opened the business in a strip mall and contracted with other funeral homes to handle the Jewish ritual washing, garnering criticism from other parlors that argued he was focusing on price instead of service. Six years later, Mandel sold his business to a funeral conglomerate and retired to Florida.

Now Mandel, 49, is back in business, trying to reclaim his name, and once again has become embroiled in controversy that has upended the reserved mortuary world.

When he sold his funeral business in 1995, Lloyd Mandel Levayah Funerals, Mandel agreed to stay out of the Chicago-area funeral industry for 15 years.

But on July 21, the day after that clause expired, Mandel opened a new shop, this time from a high-rise office building in Deerfield, operating as Lloyd Mandel Mitzvah Memorial Funerals.


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Medical Science delaying Baby Boomer Funerals-Your Funeral Guy

8 Sep

Medical Science is hollding back the Funerals of Baby Boomers

Medical Science is hollding back the Funerals of Baby Boomers

Medical Science is holding up Baby Boomer Funerals and an explosion of Business for the Funeral Industry. Because of the recession interest in Funeral Service is up 20% according to Mortuary schools. The cremation rate for 2009 has jumped to 38% nationwide.

Many folks are leaving their traditional jobs thinking they are entering a recession proof business called funeral service. Cremation sales are up and traditional sales are down. It is not the number of Sales that are down but the amount of Funeral Goods and Services  people are buying.


“To the funeral industry, the deaths of baby boomers – people born between 1946 and 1964 – is a windfall worth lusting over. But first, the industry must survive the current “death trough,” the decline in death caused by advances in medical science, among other things.

According to federal agencies that track population and health statistics, the nation’s death rate has dipped slightly and is expected to be “stagnant” for several more years.”

The Funeral business is hurting and anyone who suggests you will have a new  profitable career there is lying. Preneed Sales or prearrangement sales are down 50% (according to the NFDA)and the industry is tarnished by Scandal(IFDA,NPS, Neptune Society, SCI).

Yes Medical Science is holding back baby boomer funerals, but the funeral industry will have to adjust before wind fall profits arrive.

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Cemeteries being used for weddings-yourfuneralguy.

28 May
Weddings may be taking place in cemeteries and funeral homes in the near future.

Weddings may be taking place in cemeteries and funeral homes in the near future.

Now you can do more than lower the cost of your funeral at a cemetery. You can lower your the cost of your wedding as well.  Cemeteries and funeral homes have been reported to be  an  alternative spot for weddings.

In a Milwaukee  Sentinel l Journal Article a  Stewart Enterprises  Employee said:

Funerals are becoming much more a celebration of life than a dark event, so why not have your wedding at a funeral home?” said Denise Westerfield, spokeswoman for Stewart Enterprises Inc., which operates Wisconsin Memorial Park and about 360 funeral homes and cemeteries across the nation.

Brookfield city officials say there is nothing stopping the park from holding weddings and baptisms in its original Great Memorial Building, the mausoleum with a church-like Chapel of the Chimes where the Jessweins wed.”

Stewart Enterprises, Inc (STEI) and Service Corporation International(NYSE: SCI) may do well to enter this market. There cemetery sales are in a deep black hole since the economic downturn began.

If these guys enter this market they soon would be able to offer Americans affordable funerals. Funeral Corporations  small and large being stuck  in  an unrealistic traditional funeral model may not be able to make this change.

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Five Grave Scandals in 2009|SCI-yourfuneralguy

24 May
Service Corporation has been caught 5 times abusing the dead this year. It has been reported in the press.

Service Corporation has been caught 5 times abusing the dead this year. It has been reported in the press.

Here are Five Scandals that have occurred at Service Corporation international in 2009. This is sad. This post serves as a reason why one should not use an NYSE: SCI funeral home. Service Corporation International  is the largest funeral corporation  in the world. In 2009 this funeral corporation has had a host of funeral scandals and has been plagued by financial problems.

April 5th 2009 SCI VETERAN CORPSE ABUSE REPORTED IN  The Washington Post Article and Video

Location: National Funeral  Home, Falls Church, Virginia

April 19th 2009 SCI Ripping memorials from Grave reported in Courier & Press

Location: Alexander Memorial Park  Evansville, Indiania

April 26th 2009 SCI  mishandling baby remains in burial-Washington Post

Location: Mount Comfort Cemetery, Alexandria, Virginia

April 26th 2009 SCI has Wrong Body in Wrong

Location: Mount Holy Cemetery, Charlotte, NC. SCI Grave problem

May 22nd 2009  “SCI Grave  Problem”

Location Dade Memorial Park, Miami Florida

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Worlds Largest Funeral Corp:Preneed Dead?-yourfuneralguy.

10 May
Is Funeral  Guaranteed Preneed Dead?

Is Funeral Guaranteed Preneed Dead?

As stated before, YourFuneral Guy believes that the Guaranteed  Funeral Preneed is dead. It appears that numbers from the World’s Largest Funeral Corporation point to the death of the funeral product that has been around since the 1970’s.

Preneed sales at Service Corporation  International(NYSE:SCI) have been declining in the last 2 quarters.

The last quarter results point to corporate disaster for Service Corporation International.

As far as corporate reports go the numbers are buried in the details.

Overall Losses in 10’s of millions the first quarter 2009.

For the 1st quarter of 2009  losses were in the 10’s of millions.

  • Funeral Revenue was down 41.6 million compared to the 1st Quarter 2008
  • Cemetery Revenue was down  23.4 million compared to the 1st Quarter 2008

“Preneed fund ” unrealized losses for first quarter 2009 in 100’s of millions:

“As of March 31, 2009, we have net unrealized losses of $500.8 million in our preneed funeral and cemetery merchandise and service trusts, and net unrealized losses of $189.3 million in our cemetery perpetual care trusts.”-SCI report”

These numbers compare 2009 and 2008 1st Quarter Trust figures.

Preneed trust Losses in 10’s of millions for the 1st quarter 2009.

“In the first quarter of 2009, we realized aggregate net losses of $40.8 million in our preneed funeral and cemetery merchandise and service trusts. In addition, we realized aggregate net losses of $10.7 million in our cemetery perpetual care trusts.”

This all points toward a death that has occurred for guarranteed preneed.

Avoid the wicked flea of guaranteed funeral preneed. It will bite you. So  if the funeral salesman says “guaranteed” flee.

This is just another strong indication of the coming funeral earthquake in the funeral business.

How can anyone guarantee investments 2, 5, or 10 years out.?

Funeral Industry|Funeral Blog by Your Funeral Guy-R.Brian Burkhardt

The three main causes of the death of preneed are 1-Wall Street Crash 2-the National Prearranged Services Scandal and the Illinois Funeral Directors Association IFDA Preneed Trust Scandal. “See Who Shot Preneed”

Sources: Entrepeneur

NYSE:SCI Midwest Cemetery Mistreats Veteran’s Family-yourfuneralguy.

21 Apr
The World's Largest Cemetery Corporation ripped Memorials from a Veterans grave site without notifying the family.

The World's Largest Cemetery Corporation ripped Memorials from a Veterans grave site without notifying the family.

“A Evansville Indiana Veterans  family has been mistreated by Service Corporation International(SCI). SCI is the World’s Largest  Funeral and Cemetery Corporation. Twice in one month SCI has been  exposed disrespecting the dead. Soldiers who die in  Military Conflict deserve a sacred honor.

It is hard to take. This time SCI removed sacred memorials attached to a grave stone of a soldier who died in Iraq. This all happened at Alexander Memorial Park in Evansville, Indiana. The article appeared at the

It seems that SCI does not find it hard to mistreat Veterans Families. Earlier the month SCI was caught abusing Veterans Corpses at the Falls Church, Virginia National Funeral Home. This all went down in the midwest  in Evansville, Indiana. The title of the article in Evansville, Indiana’s Courier & Press sums what the SCI Cemetery did. “Mementos stripped from Grave In fact an IRAQ veteran’s mother’s memories were actually ripped from the grave site.

Snippet From the Article: Peggy “Hammond  vowed to turn the grave at Alexander Memorial Park on Evansville’s West Side into a welcoming refuge where family and friends could escape their grief: She set up small flags, placed a few personal mementos nearby and attached decals by Pfender’s name.

For more than three years, it worked, with friends, family and Hammond visiting frequently and finding comfort there, she said.”

But about two weeks ago, she arrived to find all of the items gone…..”

The Sad thing is that Peggy Hammond had spent &45,000 Dollars on the Grave Site Memorial.

The SCI Cemetery removed the memorials from the grave without no notice or Explanation to the Family!

It is no wonder that Service Corporations Cemetery operations were down 59% in the the last quarter of the year!

If you own NYSE: SCI stock you have a moral obligation to dump their stock!


There is a strong case for grave desecration here.

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Coming Funeral Business Bailout? from Treasury?-Your Funeral Guy.

9 Apr
Funeral Industry May get Traesury Bailout

Life Insurance Funeral Industry? May get a Bailout

As all of us know the banks and the auto industry have received huge pieces of  American Bailout out pie. But the  next guys to get bailouts-some of them are a part of the funeral industry.

It appears that Funeral Directors may get a DIRECT AND REAL GORVERNMENT BAILOUT(freebie). It may happen before the coming day of  bye bye bailout pie.

The US Treasury will be bailing out Life Insurance Companies soon. It is more than apparent that many in the funeral business work with life insurance companies.


“The Treasury Department has decided to extend bailout funds to a number of struggling life-insurance companies, helping an industry that is a lynchpin of the U.S. financial system, people familiar with the matter said.”

‘The department is expected to announce the expansion of the Troubled Asset Relief Program to aid the ailing industry within the next several days, these people said.”

It was also stated it would happen very soon in th 9:00 oclock  pm central time hour on Fox News April 8th 2009.

If you are a funeral owner and connected to a life  insurance company do not go out and have a a party yet.

The World’s Largest Funeral Corporation, Service Corporation International, which can be called (thanks to the AP)

” Criminal Veteran Corpse Abuser Corporation” is in line for this bailout.

They also have ties to many  Life insurance companies like SLAICO which  is connected to SCI Preneed.

If you are a Funeral home owner in order to get a life insurance bailout you will need the permission of the CEO and Chief of the USA(last week’s Saturday nite  live sketch). You may have to bow to the Oval office or the Treasury to get your money.

Be careful though you may end up working for Uncle Sam.

In spite of my sarcasm it really is going to happen.

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And I thought IFDA, MLBT, and IFDA meant bailout!

Article in reaction to “Funeral Industry Feeling  Six Feet Under