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Amazon.com and the Funeral Industry-Your Funeral Guy

15 Jan
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Amazon.com stepped up it’s selling to the Funeral Industry after October 2009 when it was revealed that WallMart was selling Caskets on line. The Fact that Amazon has a contract with an online casket provider for 67% off the list price of many caskets, points to the fact that the markup on caskets can be  300% or more. Not all funeral homes do this, there are lower cost funeral homes  and online casket providers where the markup is much less.

This supports what I have been saying for several years that many times the markup of caskets in the funeral home can be up to 500%!

What is interesting about amazon.com and other online vendors is that they sell directly to the consumer. This is a trend that will continue and more and more  Funeral vendors will be doing this!

In Fact Last Year the National Funeral Directors Association lobbied on behalf of the Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act asking that online vendors like amazon.com be brought in under the Funeral Rule Regulations.

With the election of Republicans to the US House of representatives the passage of the Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights Act is unlikely to happen and caskets and other consumer funeral products being sold directly to the consumer for the short term will avoid  funeral regulations.

What is mentioned above is contributing to Funeral Industry Decline in the USA. The more that funeral goods are available online especially at popular sites like amazon.com the less the local funeral home will be needed and the more the funeral industry will decline.

Amazon.com (AMZN)
> Interesting Fact: Amazon sells a steel embalming table
> # of Employees: 21,700
> Most Recent Quarter Revenue: $7.6 billion
> Most Recent Net Income: $231 million

Amazon.com helped bring the funeral service online.  Like Wal-Mart, the company offers caskets in more than 50 different varieties.  Additionally, it sells a steel embalming table for $1,095 and pet urns for under $200.  Many caskets are sold at 67% off the list price, thanks to a partnership with Bestpricecaskets.com.

via 247wallst.com

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your funeral guy has no affiliation with best priced Caskets.com http://www.bestpricecaskets.com/

Your Funeral Guy’s book Rest In Peace Insiders Tips to the low cost less Stressed Funeral is available online at amazon.com Presently Your Funeral Guy is not involved with the selling of  any Funeral Goods or products.

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Ten Companies controlling the Funeral Industry-Your Funeral Guy

14 Jan
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There has been an article on Ten Companies Controlling the Funeral Industry. What is interesting in the article are the Newcomers Wall Mart and Amazon .com These companies have only entered the funeral industry in the last several  of years. This is an indication of traditional Funeral industry decline and the desire of folks to pay less in funeral cost.

Here is a summary of the funeral business from the Article

The death industry is a tale of two economies. A relatively few large companies, most of them publicly traded, control most of the businesses that sells caskets and granite for memorials. The rest of the death industry is made up of many modest businesses. Most of the 19,500 funeral homes in the country are small operations, often owned by the same families for generations. There are more than 120,000 cemeteries and many of these belong to families, nonprofits, and religious institutions.

via 247wallst.com

Here is al ist of the ten companies in the report.

Hillenbrand Inc-HI

Service Corporation International (SCI)


Carriage Services Inc (CSV)

1-800 Flowers.com (FLWS)

Rock of Ages Corp(ROAC)

Stewart Enterprises(STEI)

Matthews International(MATW)

Amazon.com (AMZN)

Stone Mor Partners(Ston Mor)

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Aurora Casket Company Goes Outside The Casket Sale For the Sale|YourFuneralGuy

5 Apr
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Funeral Industry Decline:Casket Companies going outside the casket sale for the sale.

Many large “Casket” companies in the Funeral Industry are going outside the “Casket Sale”  for the sale. Hillenbrand Inc the parent of Batesville Casket Company is the primary example well written about here.   This is even true of the privately held companies Like Aurora Casket Company- who is making  extra money through the sale of urns and support services.

If one does not make adjustments when your industry is dying, your business will die too. There is one problem with this thinking. Not everyone in the biz can sell urns, webcasting,  and consulting, and support services. All cannot profit from the same strategy no matter what the hype or who gives it.

First it was the rise in cremations. Now Bill Backman III and his clients at Aurora Casket Co. Inc. are competing with mass retailers like Wal-Mart, Costco and even Amazon.com for casket sales.

You would think trends like these would be difficult to deal with for the nation’s largest, privately held casket manufacturer, but it’s all about how you approach it.

Backman has embraced the climb in cremations and spun the big-box competition to its advantage by not only supplying a product but spotlighting the additional support services it and its clients offer.

via www.sbnonline.com

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Disclaimer:Your Funeral Guy has no affiliation or fiduciary relationship relationship Aurora Casket Company. He does not recommend use of this company in Funeral Arrangements. He does not “NOT” recommend the use  of Aurora Casket Company. Funeral arrangements are a personal and important decision.

US Funeral Directors want Non Traditional Sellers regulated-Your Funeral Guy

28 Jan

The National Funeral Directors Association NFDA wants non traditional sellers regulated-They even went as far as to name Walmart and Amazon.com. Walmart and Amazon are selling Caskets online.

This was all done in testimony before Congress on January 27th 2009 by the NFDA executive treasurer, Randall L Earl. The hearing was on the Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act  Initiated by Congressman Bobby Rush.

Earl is a controversial figure named in Lawsuits and investigations in the Illinois Funeral Directors Association  IFDA Trust Ponzi Scheme. In Spite of these allegations he continues to serve on the Executive Board.

The Funeral Industry in the United States is in decline because of the rise of non traditional alternative funeral

In his testimony, Earl stated: “NFDA believes this bill outlines for the FTC a rule that we have long argued was necessary, given a dramatically changed marketplace, with new and non-traditional sellers offering many more choices for consumers to purchase funeral or burial goods or services, and the risks they take in dealing with them in a lightly or even unregulated environment.”-Via NFDA Facebook Notes

The fact that the traditional funeral guys are in an uproar over nontraditional funerals is good for the funeral consumer.

Non traditional funerals mean less than the average cost of a funeral for consumers,

The entire Funeral industry is trending to the lower cost funeral.

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The Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights Act came about because of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal

YourFuneralGuy:Hottest Beauty Ever Abused at Death.

13 Feb

Fox News revealed information recently about the death of Princess Diana. Now it may be that the royals did not care. “Greta””On The Record” gave out previous unknown information about the “funeral” that never ends. The Doctor in France who was involved with the death of the princess admitted he embalmed her without permission.

Embalming a person without permission is a crime in the USA. Princess Di was embalmed without permission.

“On The Record” with Greta revealed that the doctor thought she was so beautiful she had to be preserved. In my blog post
“Will they see me naked When I Die” I was asked if professionals let there guard down and take liberty with bodies of beautiful people after death. This famous case is a public example of a man wanting to see a beautiful person naked.

Any person or funeral director with embalming skills would admit that there may be some perverse pleasure here. Any male presented with the naked body of this princess may have desired a private viewing. The sad part of this that embalming this princess will forever keep the world from knowing the extent of her injuries and the totality of the reasons for her death. Obviously her funeral cost a lot of money. There is a new investigation in England again into the Death of Princess Diana. The high cost funeral here goes on and on….speculation about her death will continue.

The princess is missed because she used her position to promote the broad prosperity, personal freedom, and better future for people around the globe. Her acts of compassion and beauty will always be remembered. Even as valentine’s day approaches in 2008 many people love princess Princess Di.

In the USA it is the law that Embalming cannot occur without written permission, a true example of effective government.

More information on historical funerals and how to lower your funeral cost can be found in the book: Rest in Peace Insiders Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral by R.Brian Burkhardt and Matt Bacak.

How to do a Lower Cost Funeral is clearly outlined in this book

This book is now available at amazon.com for advance orders.

1. Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral

Publication Date: May 1, 2008

Your Funeral Guy

R.Brian Burkhardt(AkA Robert Burkhardt, Bob Burkhardt)

Funeral Director, Illinois & Virginia.