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Cremation, “Wildcat” Scattering of ashes on the rise-YourFuneralGuy

3 Feb

Cremation  is now at 39%  rate Nationwide in the US and is becoming increasingly popular.Cremation is the best way to come in under the average cost of a funeral and save on Funeral Expenses.

The recession has hurt the funeral industry, and as a result folks have been turning to cremation faster than expected.Many Funeral Directors will go to great lengths to raise your cremation costs. Some pride themselves on their ability  to raise cremation costs above that of a traditional funeral.

Before about 1980, just 4% of families were choosing cremation over burial. Now, 39% select cremation, and in the next 15 years, the percentage is expected to approach 60%, according to the Cremation Association of North America. The increase is being driven in part by cremation’s cheaper cost, and in part by the fact that fewer extended families are rooted in one specific place anymore—which means they don’t live close enough to visit a loved one’s gravesite.

via online.wsj.com

Now what folks are doing is scattering ashes wherever and whenever they want (wildcat scattering)from dropping them from a plane to scattering them at Disney World on their Favorite ride.

Many states have laws against scattering ashes in public places or on private property. But I have never heard one story of a person arrested for Scattering Ashes.

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The National Funeral Directors Associatiion Plans to raise Consumers Cremation Costs-YourFuneralGuy

9 Jan

One way Funeral Directors add to the cost of a Funeral|Cremation is get you to buy a Cremation Casket

The National Funeral Directors Association is planning to raise Your Cremation Cost.(NFDA) This is a tactic Funeral Homes often use when it comes to a cremation. In fact I am aware of Funeral Directors who claim they can raise the cost of a cremation above a the fact of a traditional funeral The NFDA(National Funeral Directors Association) has become quite blatant about this lately.

Snippet  from a special NFDA-webpage.

Whether your cremation rate is 6% or 60%, increase your profit margins from 0% to 100%!

Capitalize on cremation before, during and after the first call. This 3-day, core-business conference will teach you:

* How to abolish the word “direct” from consumers’ cremation vocabulary.
* How your perception in the community determines whether you or your competition receives the first call.
* How to be both creative and create value in subtle ways during the service to boost your bottom line.
* How an aftercare program can have a BIG return with very little expense.
* And MUCH more, including cremation litigation, how to dominate your market and social networking.-

Cremations cost the crematory about $200 USD. Logically it is not unreasonable to pay $495-$695 for a cremation through a Funeral Home. The information here shows why you need to take some one when with sharp negotiating skills when you go to a Funeral Home to negotiate a Funeral Arrangement/Contract.

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Now of course connectingdirectors.com and CANA, Cremation Association of North America had to get into the act-Click Here to read about that!