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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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Burr Oak Cemetery investigated by Archaelogists-YourFuneralGuy

13 Dec
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Burr Oak cemetery is being investigated by archaelogists in order to complete the deal of the sale of the cemetery. Perpetua  Inc the bankrupt owner, will complete it’s sale to Cemcare once the survey is completed and it is confirmed that burials can be completed at the cemetery.

In uly 2009 over 300 graves were found to be desecrated at the cemetery.

As a condition of its sale to a south suburban company, Burr Oak Cemetery recently has been examined by archaeologists investigating the larger of its crime scenes, Cook County Sheriff’s police said Tuesday.

via www.wlsam.com

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Contract for State Of Illinois Cemetery Oversight Data Bases-YourFuneralGuy

1 Oct
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The Firm Ramaker Associates has won the contract to develop  the Illinois Cemetery Oversight Act Data Base.

This Wisconsin firm specializes in CemeterySoftware.


Effective in March 2010, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Cemetery Oversight Act (COA) for protection of Illinois consumers. This act requires the development of a statewide database for all burials that occur in the state of Illinois. The database will be on the Internet, and cemeteries in Illinois will be required to enter all new interments into the database within 10 days after a burial occurs.

via ramakerassociatesprojects.blogspot.com

One do has to question as to why the dollars had to o outside Illinios?

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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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Cemetery Gridlock Pushing cremation-YourFuneralGuy

23 Aug
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In New York City, There is cemetery Gridlock. Cemetery Gridlock is not often listed as a reason to do a fire a or green cremation.  There is space to bury the dead there and with what space there is it is quite expensive.

The answer around this issue is cremation and the in the future the answer may be fire cremation or green cremation by alkaline hydrolysis.

For the dead, however, virtually no amount of money will secure a final resting place in the heart of a city that is fast running out of graveyard space.

And in the parts of town where a burial plot is still available, the cost has in some cases more than tripled in less than a decade; aboveground mausoleums can fetch upward of $3 million. Cemeteries are scrambling to create more space, and as plot prices have soared, the number of cremations has also risen, with a quarter of New Yorkers choosing the less expensive alternative.

via www.nytimes.com

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Funeral and Cemetery Preneed Down in the suburbs|Your Funeral Guy

7 Aug
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Funeral and cemetery Preneed, the  advanced purchase of prepaid funerals and burial sites seems to be down in the suburbs. This is what is being reported in a collar county outside Chicago.

Less money spent on preneed or prepaid funerals means a downward trend in Funeral Cost.

People still purchase rights to burial, but not like they once did. Society’s transient nature and the economy are contributing to more cremations and fewer rights to burial purchased in advance, those involved with funerals and cemeteries said.

“It’s not like they used to years ago when a family member buys 16 graves for the whole family,” said Roger Ronzheimer, superintendent for the St. Charles Township cemeteries.

via www.kcchronicle.com

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Illinois Proposes Cemetery Reform-YourFuneralGuy

29 Oct

thumbnail (6)Illinois has proposed Cemetery Reform. Legislation has passed the Illinois House of Representatives Executive Committee. The Legislation is set to go to the full Illinois House. The legislation was developed in reaction to the Burr Oak Cemetery Scandal near Chicago.

The legislation introduces background checks, licensing and registration  at cemeteries. The proposed law requires cemeteries to have maps and burial records. Cemeteries must be properly maintained.  Managers are to provide key info to state database that will keep track of who is buried where.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, D-Chicago, unveiled the legislation as proponents contended it would “put teeth” in lax state oversight laws that contributed to the Burr Oak tragedy, where graves were desecrated. Several Burr Oak workers were charged in a scheme to dig up as many as 300 bodies and resell burial plots…..via newsblogs.chicagotribune.com

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