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Funeral Webcasting grows in 2010-YourFuneralGuy

30 Dec
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Funeral Webcasting an innovation in 2009 has grown dramatically in 2010. This  is quite  interesting because some funeral homes are offering this service free.

A Video of a funeral can easily be posted on a FREE blog site such as blogger.com or wordpress.com.

Funeral Webcasting does provide an excellent service for those who cannot attend the funeral of a loved one

Funeral webcasts are one of the newest services offered by an industry increasingly focused on memory instead of mourning. With computer access easy to come by and cheaper than a plane ticket, webcasting is increasingly popular option at Chicago-area funeral homes.

“It’s not like it used to be, where you were raised in a community, lived in a community and died in a community,” said John Haben, owner of the Haben Funeral Home and Crematory in Skokie. “Families are spread throughout the world, and the Internet is one way of bringing them together.”

Funerals in the Chicago area have been witnessed electronically by friends and family members across North America, in Central America and as far away as the Philippines. Last month, the funeral of Cpl. Chad Young, a soldier from Rochester, Ill., who was killed in action, was streamed live to his unit in Afghanistan.

“It made us feel very good that they got to see it,” his mother, Brett, said. “I’m glad it was possible.”

In most cases, the funeral service is recorded on a high-definition camera, uploaded to the Internet and then either streamed live or posted later. The online funerals are generally kept private, with links to the webcasts sent to selected e-mail addresses.

Most funeral homes work with companies that provide the technical expertise, equipment and software to put together the webcasts.

All that’s needed to view the funeral are a computer with an Internet connection and an e-mail address, said Greg Bolan, owner of Delgado Funeral Chapels in Joliet.

Many local funeral homes charge $100 to $300 for the service, while Bolan does it for free.

via articles.chicagotribune.com

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Some though find this not needed with the recording of videos on cell phones. When broadcasting video live becomes available on cell phones  this service may be quickly outdated.

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Michelle Obama to return to Chicago South Side for a Funeral-YourFuneralGuy

28 Oct
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Michelle Obama will be returning to the Chicago South Side  for Mega Church Pastor Bishop Brazier  Funeral. White House advisor Valerie Jarrett

First Lady Michelle Obama and White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett will attend the funeral Friday of the legendary Bishop Arthur M. Brazier, pastor who built a 22,000-member South Side megachurch.

Bishop Brazier, 89, who had been battling prostate cancer for five years died last Friday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

via blogs.suntimes.com

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Former Congressman Dan Rowstenkowski dies|funeral to come-Your Funeral Guy

11 Aug
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Former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski has died, Once the Head of the powerful Ways and Means committee. There was a time when he sent billions back to Chicago.  There are no public plans for a funeral at this time.

Dan Rostenkowski, a product of the Chicago Democratic political machine who rose to become one of the most powerful members of the U.S. House of Representatives before he lost his seat and was jailed on felony corruption charges, died Wednesday at his home in Wisconsin. He was 82.

The son of a Chicago alderman and ward committeeman who trafficked in political favors, Mr. Rostenkowski entered Congress in 1959 with the backing of Mayor Richard J. Daley, patriarch of the city’s machine. As the mayor’s man in Washington, Mr. Rostenkowski delivered billions of dollars of federal largesse to Chicago, including $450 million to repair the city’s John F. Kennedy Expressway and $4 billion for the Deep Tunnel project to keep sewage out of Lake Michigan.

His death was confirmed Wednesday by the office of Chicago Alderman Richard Mell.

via www.washingtonpost.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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Funeral Directors and Service Corporation International avert strike in Chicago|YourFuneralGuy

1 Jul

Breaking News

Funeral Directors in Chicago and Teamster workers narrowly averted a strike, yesterday.

‘Contract negotiations between Teamsters Local 727 and Service Corporation International narrowly averted a walk-out of funeral directors and drivers at 17 Chicago metropolitan area funeral homes.’

via memorialbusinessjournal.wordpress.com

Pensions and Health care preserved for NYSE:SCI Members but wages and salary were sacrificed.

Following is a statement from Local 727:

Funeral directors, embalmers and drivers voted to ratify a three-year contract after Teamsters Local 727 representatives and SCI management reached an agreement
during the final negotiation session on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

Local 727 representatives were able to preserve pension and health and welfare benefits for all bargaining unit members.

“From Day One, we made it abundantly clear to SCI management that pensions and health and welfare benefits were the top priorities for our members,” said John Coli
Jr., Local 727 Vice President. “We fought long and hard and we had to make some sacrifices, but in the end, we were able to protect the things our members value most.”

via www.chicagounionnews.com

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In Chicago-Land Funeral Ripoffs Abound!Your Funeral Guy

25 Jun

Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for posting a recent article  and warning the funeral consumer. Funeral Rip OFFs are alive and well in Chicago-land,  Being a Funeral Director,- this month I was given the privilege to sit with a Family in the Funeral arrangement for a mother’s son. At the Funeral I performed the ministers function at no charge.

The Funeral Director(doing the arrangement- did not hand the family a general price list. (Required by LAW). THE FUNERAL DIRECTOR DID NOT GIVE ME  GENERAL PRICE LIST When I asked for One-also required by Law.

The Cemetery charged $4,700 For the Grave site. I considered this theft. THE MOTHER HAD PROMISED THE SON THAT SPECIFIC GRAVE SITE SO THEY GOT AWAY with it!

I was able to assist the family with obtaining a third party casket on the internet which saved a few thousand.(Thanks to the Star Legacy Casket Network) But all in all the prices charged were way too high. In this instance as often is the case funeral cost became a factor in grief.

What was truly sad is that services at the Cemetery ALONE cost over $7,000.00. YES, it was a the High PROFILE WORLD”S LARGEST FUNERAL & CEMETERY Corporation, NYSE: SCI, Service Corporation International, SCI within the Chicago City Limits.

The NFDA average  funeral cost figure of $7,323.00 is from 2006, That average traditional funeral is much more today.

Snippet From the Chicago Tribune:

Death is big business. How big, you ask? The National Funeral Directors Association says the average funeral costs $7,323 — and that doesn’t include the cost of a cemetery plot, a gravestone and burial services.

In all, dealing with the death of a loved one can cost more than $10,000, making it one of the most expensive purchases most families will make. So why do we do so little research on the topic?

“People are in denial about death right up until the bitter end,” said Ed Markin, who runs the Funeral Help Program in Virginia Beach, Va. “You delay talking about it at your own fiscal peril is what it all boils down to.”

Markin said funeral costs vary widely, controlled almost entirely by the amount of research you do — and when you do it. He said you can save almost 50 percent by shopping around and getting written quotes before you need them.

via www.chicagotribune.com

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Source: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/sc-cons-0624-problem-solver-funerals-20100624,0,1533838.story

World’s Largest Funeral Corp Negotiation Standstill with Chicago Teamsters|Your Funeral Guy

24 Jun


CHicago Teamsters Local 727 is negotiating with Local Funeral Homes.

It appears that negotiations are stalled between Funeral Home Teamsters workers(LOCAL 727) and specific Union)Service Corporation International Funeral Homes in the Chicago Area.

CHICAGO– After seven meetings between Teamsters Local 727 and funeral industry giant Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), contract negotiations are at a standstill as the current contract for funeral directors, embalmers and drivers nears expiration on Wednesday, June 30, 2010.

“Our members have worked and lived in these communities for decades. It’s appalling how this company comes in with an outside agenda while putting up a facade of being family-friendly,” said John Coli Jr., Local 727 Vice President. “Our members bring dignity and comfort to grieving families in their greatest time of need. This company should do the same for its employees.”

Houston, Texas-based Service Corporation International is the largest provider of death-care products and services in North America,

via www.prnewswire.com

The quote “It’s appalling, how this company comes  in with an outside agenda while putting up a facade of being family friendly.” is a theme of this blog about Service Corporation International.  Some recent experiences and reported Scandals have led me to believe that some  at SCI have nothing in mind but to fleece the Funeral Consumer.

In the Chicago area there is a clear line between Union Funeral homes. and non -union shops.

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