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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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25 Funeral trends for 2011-Your Funeral Guy

12 Jan
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Here are 25 funeral industry trends, funeral industry and Funeral predictions for 2011.

1. Traditional Funeral Industry will continue to decline.

2. Funeral Home profits will continue  be less.

3.The Number of “Lower Cost” or discount Funeral Homes will grow.

4. Cremation will continue to rise.

5. Funeral preneed scandals will continue to abound.

6. More bodies will be put in the wrong graves.

7. The number of people  cremated wrongly(mistakes) will grow.

8. More and more Funeral  facilities will be used for other services(like weddings and birthdays)

9 Number of Non Claimed bodies will continue to increase.

10. The use of  temporary Funeral Workers will grow.

11. More Funeral vendors will sell and communicate directly with the consumer.

12 Funeral homes will continue to use social media(facebook-Twitter etc) to communicate with Customers.

13. Video will continue to be important in communicating with the funeral customer

14 Funeral Industry companies will continue to diversify, going outside the Funeral Industry for income sources.

15. Home Funerals will increase.

16. Green Funerals and green burials will rise.

17. Funeral home’s will continue to aggressively market through their websites and blogs..

18. Funeral Homes and Funeral company mergers will be more will be more and more

19. Legacy.com will continue it’s worldwide obituary empire.

20 . The use of Part time funeral directors will continue to grow.

21. Alkaline Hydrolysis as a form of disposition  will continue  to be accepted

22.Alkaline Hydrolysis machines will be in installed in more countries in the World Including the USA.

23.Alliances and financial agreements will continue to grow between funeral companies, vendors and funeral homes.

24. Funeral Cartels will continue to protect themselves from the free market. This has been addressed in several blog posts. The Cartels being companies and associations gaining protection from the courts and the State Legislatures.

25. The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights  Act will die in The US House of Representatives due to the Elelection of the Republicans



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Eden Memorial Park Scandal-Evidence Tampering-Your Funeral Guy

30 Nov

In Eden Memorial Park  Cemetery Scandal, possible  Evidence  Tampering has been revealed by the World’s Largest Funeral Corporation, NYSE:SCI, Service Corporation International.

A Los Angeles judge has sanctioned Service Corporation International (SCI), owner of Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills, after finding that the cemetery intentionally tampered with and destroyed evidence related to a class action lawsuit alleging that Eden mishandled human remains.

Judge Anthony J. Mohr of the Los Angeles Superior Court ordered that the plaintiff’s attorney will be allowed to present evidence to the jury showing that SCI willfully tampered with evidence,

via www.jewishjournal.com

The Eden Memorial Park Scandal, along with the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal led to National Cemetery Legislation, The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act of 2009 which appears to be dead in the  Lame Duck US Congress. The new Republican House of Representatives will not move this matter forward.

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If its no lameduck pass- No Bereaved Consumers bill of Rights Act-YourFuneralGuy

14 Nov
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If the Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights act does not pass the 2010 lame duck Congress. Odds are it will not happen at all. The Bill has not been scheduled for a House Vote. The Bill Hr 3655  a cemetery legislative reform bill bringing some cemeteries under the FTC Funeral Rule.

Cemetery reform is definetley needed after the Burr Oak Cemetery and Eden Memorial Park Scandal of  2009. These are horror stories beyond comprehension.

In this year of real political confusion, these basic needed reforms may fall by the way side!

The bill has engaged Democratic support but Republican Opposition.

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Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act-23-Cents per family-Your Funeral Guy

14 Sep
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The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act costs 23 cents per family. That is Washington Watch’s breakdown on the Cemetery reform legislation(from the CBO-Congressional Budget Office- Report) also known as the Bereaved Consumers Protection Act.

The legislation will extent the funeral rule to cemeteries and funeral vendors.

H.R. 3655
The Bereaved Consumer’s Bill of Rights Act of 2009
Costs $0.23 per family

via www.washingtonwatch.com

The Legislation was introduced because of the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal near Chicago.

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CBO issue A Report On Bereaved Consumers Bill Of Rights Act-Your Funeral Guy

9 Sep
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The Congressional Budget Office(CBO) has issued a report on HR3655 The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act.  This is also known as Funeral Rule 2.

The Bill Essentially will require cemeteries to operate under the funeral rule. Cemetery records on a computer are required. Price disclosures to consumers will be a requirement of Law.

This will prevent Cemetery scandals like those that occurred recently at Burr Oak Cemetery and Eden Memorial Park, a Service Corporation International Firm.

This legislation will bring significant needed reform to death care. The CBO Report brings the Legislation  HR3655 a step closer to full US House of Representative Passage

Here is a Snippet from the Full CBO report.

“Based on the information from the FTC CBO assumes would require five additional positions at a cost of 1 million per year to develop, enforce the new requirements,  train staff and develop education materials.”

View the full CBO Report here.

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Bereaved Consumers Rights goes to Full House-Your Funeral Guy

21 Jul

The Bereaved Consumers Bill of Rights Act has been Marked Up To the Floor of the House of Representatives for a Full House Vote. This is good news for the Funeral and Cemetery Consumer. There soon may be a level playing field in the Funeral and Cemetery Industry.

HR 3655 was moved out of the house Energy and  Commerce Committee by a 15 to 12 vote.

The Bill would provide for for full disclosure from cemetery providers but exclude religious cemeteries and not for profit ones as well. This legislation is known as the Rush Bill or Funeral Rule 2.

The funeral industry and the e Funeral Consumer  sill need to take this legislation past the House Of Representatives and the United States Senate.

We will report more on the recent amendments later.

This is true Cemetery Reform.

via http://energycommerce.house.gov/

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