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Casket Cartel Continues in the USA!!-YourFuneralGuy

28 Sep
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Batesville Casket Company is the largest Casket Distributer in the United States Image via Wikipedia

The casket cartel continues in the United States of America. A Texas judge has dismissed a  lawsuit case against Batesville Casket Company. The case has to do with casket price Fixing.

Per normal the head of Hillenbrand, Inc had to gloat, and brag about his casket cartel company(my opinion)– Batesville Casket Co.

We are very pleased with the dismissal of this suit,” said Kenneth A. Camp, president and chief executive officer of Hillenbrand. “From the beginning of this extraordinarily long process, we knew the plaintiffs’ allegations were baseless. As we will always do, we aggressively defended our fair and ethical practice of selling Batesville-branded products only through licensed funeral homes.”

via www.prnewswire.com

My opinion is Calling Batesville’s  casket selling policies fair and ethical (in my opinion only) is  false, a big  bold face lie. The information on discounts Batesville gives to the Funeral Home are not available to the purchaser in most cases,  the consumer hurting in their grief.

Hillenbrand, Inc and Batesville Casket Company leave the door wide open for Funeral directors  to take advantage of funeral consumer.(Obscene Profit Margins).

From my experience selling Caskets, the markup is between 100 an d 500 percent.  No one but insiders know each funeral home’s casket markup. Batesville gets out of any accountability on this issue, by saying it is  to the Funeral  Home to set the price. Meanwhile the discounts Batesville gives to each funeral provider are not available to the consumer speaking from my experience.

So how may one defeat any casket cartel?

Find a funeral provider who will share the markup on their caskets. In Most Cases that will be a lower cost funeral provider.

Be sure to price caskets, at the funeral home, third party, and on the internet.

Funeral Homes are required by Law to accept third party caskets.

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There is no way that a Casket Cartel is fair and ethical. Funeral Director sales exclusivity is not Free market activity, that is the opinion of Your Funeral Guy

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Lower Cost Funeral is not disrespectful-Your Funeral Guy

5 Sep
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Cutting back on Funeral Flowers can save money on a Funeral -Image via wikepedia

To do a lower cost funeral in today’s economy is not an  act of disrespect. In fact given the current economic enviroment it may be the most respectful way to handle a funeral.

A good way to lower your funeral cost is to shop around for a lower cost funeral home.

  • A lower cost funeral home will not push their funeral packages.
  • A lower cost funeral home will not pressure you into more expensive Funeral Goods and Services such as a expensive casket or extra services like funeral web casting or memorial dvd’s.
  • A lower cost funeral home will not object or discourage third party caskets or getting a casket online.
  • A lower cost funeral home will present alternative funerals such a s direct cremation, direct burial, and a memorial service without the body present.

Let’s face it money is tight for many these days and although it’s unbelievably heartbreaking sad when someone passes away cheap funeral arrangements are not a disrespect if the money is simply is not there or you have debts that need your attention. Getting in debt even more toppled with bereavement could push many of us over the edge!

I think it’s important to budget, be realistic and sensible in all aspects of finance and the last thing your dead loved one would want is for you to go into debt or financial worry at the expense of their burial. The funeral business has been pretty much untouched for many many years now as it’s a sensitive subject but people are waking up and not just going to the funeral home and footing their package bills. Shop savvy mourners are making a stand and you can too.

via frugalzeitgeist.com

Take your stand and do a lower cost Funeral.

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Your Funeral Guy’s Blog and book Featured at MSN Money Central

29 Aug
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Your Funeral Guy’s blog and book has been featured at MSN Money Central. This is a good step toward families learning how to do a lower cost Funeral.

In this economy for many folks it is important to lower funeral cost.

Folks simply find putting Ten  to Fifteen Thousand  in the ground unacceptable in the current uncertain Economy.

Today Many folks say that you can save on a funeral by not choosing embalming, something that is not required by Law.

With a little forethought, you, too, can save thousands of dollars on a funeral or the burial of a loved one, the experts say. Here are some of their top tips:

  • Choose cremation. “The National Funeral Directors Association says the average cost of a funeral in 2006 was $7,323. That does not include a cemetery. The average cost of a cremation is between $1,000 and $1,500,” says R. Brian Burkhardt, the author of “Rest in Peace: Insider’s Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral” and the author of a blog about the funeral industry. “So cremation is the No. 1 way to save money on your funeral.”
  • Save even more by choosing “direct cremation.” The deceased is promptly cremated, without a funeral service or viewing. Direct cremation usually includes transport of the body, cremation and a cardboard or plastic container for the ashes.
  • Skip the preservative. “Forgo embalming,” says Burkhardt. “Under the law — the Funeral Rule — you have the right to forgo embalming. That can save you between $600 and $800 on the funeral.” Want a traditional funeral anyway? Just choose a closed casket, Burkhardt says. “If the body’s not viewed, it doesn’t have to be embalmed.”
  • Buy that box on the Web. “Get the casket online,” Burkhardt says. “Do not buy it from the funeral home, because — and they hate me when I say this — caskets at the funeral home are marked up between 100 and 500%,” with occasional exceptions, he says. No other single item is so expensive. “I got a $4,000 oversized casket on the Internet (for a friend), and it was delivered to the funeral home the next day, and I paid $1,037.” Today some of the big-box stores, including Costco, sell caskets, too.

via articles.moneycentral.msn.com

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HS Students Build infant Caskets To Donate|Your Funeral Guy

23 Jun

HS students in Kansas City are building infant Caskets to Donate to needy families who children have died in Kansas City. It is a great story of the Community helping others who are in Need.

Many progressive Funeral Homes will not charge for the funeral of an infant. Others charge only a minimum fee. And yes there are those that charge full cost 😦

This project helps families with their funeral cost and makes for a lower cost funeral.

The erratic buzz of saws reverberates through the Bonner Springs High School wood shop weeks after school let out.

The smell and taste of fine pine dust lingers in the air. And teacher Kris Munsch can’t help but smile with satisfaction while watching his students gently handle the lumber.

The summer project isn’t like the chip-and-dip platters or nightstands they crafted during the school year. The teenagers are transforming wood into pine caskets for infants.

via www.kansascity.com

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Richmond Area Funeral Director gets three Years, Embezzling Preneed|Your Funeral Guy

24 Mar

A trusted lower cost funeral director in the Richmond,Virginia will spend three years in prison for embezzling preneed Insurance funds. This is truly sad as the man was trusted and promoted in the community by a prominent minister.

A well-known former Henrico County funeral home operator who embezzled tens of thousands of dollars entrusted to him for pre-need burial plans will serve three years in prison.

Circuit Judge Catherine C. Hammond said the duration of Jordan’s pilferage — from 2005 until 2007 — and the number of victims — at least 20 families — warranted a substantial prison sentence. Sentencing guidelines ranged from two to five years.

Jordan, who had been free on bond, was taken from the courtroom in handcuffs.

via www2.timesdispatch.com

It is best not to purchase a preneed funeral contract in advance. Just because a funeral director is honest once does not mean they will be honest every time. There is prepaid funeral scandal after funeral scandal every week in the United States. And usually when it happens the local community is shocked. If you purchase Funeral preneed it is always best to check up on your money.

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Funeral industry about to Explode? Implode?|Your Funeral Guy

20 Mar

The funeral industry will explode when large numbers of baby boomers die.

Is the funeral industry about to explode? Or are Funeral Homes in the USA imploding, falling apart from the inside?  The answer is quite surprising. Both are happening at once.

Some Funeral homes that have embraced a lower cost funeral model business  are  booming even exploding. For many  Traditional Funeral Homes including the big corporations business is off big time due to the “great recession” (or whatever we are in). Funeral Home numbers indicate an implosion.

As mentioned here Funeral Home profits are down Latest example, Funeral Corporation Stone Mor.

On Monday, StoneMor reported a fourth-quarter loss and said its revenue declined, in part because of a lower death rate. The company lost $3.3 million, or 27 cents per share. It reported a profit of $1.5 million, or 13 cents per share, in the same period a year earlier. Revenue fell 5 percent to $44.2 million from $46.3 million.

via www.businessweek.com

Many Funeral Homes are continuing to sell guaranteed preneed, even though they know they cannot guarantee a lock in of today’s prices(through a guaranteed investment ). in the present enviroment no investment is guaranteed. Funertal Directors have history of taking the folks preneed money both on the local level and in big organizations (Illinois Funeral Directors Association, NPS-national prearranged services). It is quite possible that funeral directors will have to dig into their own pockets to cover funerals (as in the case with the IFDA Preneed Trust in Trust-Illinois) This would indicate a future implosion.

At the 2010 International Cemetery, Cremation & Funeral Association (ICCFA)Convention in San Antonio, demographer Kenneth Gronbach, president of KGC Direct, , author of the best-selling book “The Age Curve — How to Profit From the Coming Demographic Storm,” said the great baby boomer die off will happen soon.

Now when I went to Mortuary school the great Baby Boomer Die off was predicted for 2005, it did not happen. In 2007 the great baby boomer die  off was predicted for 2010, now it is predicted  along  with funeral industry profit explosion for 2014. At some time the explosion will occur.  But  when that happens I predict by  then  funeral industry will look  much different then it does today.

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Funeral Directors meeting Could give Consumers a Panic attack-Your Funeral Guy

8 Mar

Funeral Directors meeting in San Antonio(March 10-13th) at the ICCFA(International Cemetery Cremation and Funeral Association) Convention.  could give you  a “The Funeral Consumer” a panic attack. There is a social media seminar happening there led a “funeral guru” who is  an  ex con who is vice president of a funeral collection company(not making this up). He will be  teaching  funeral directors to contact you via social media so as to raise Your Funeral Cost and do other things. (HE EVEN TELLS OF A FUNERAL DIRECTOR WHO DOES COLLECTIONS ON FACE BOOK) Another seminar teaches those same funeral guys how to raise the cost of a cremation, the consumers lower cost funeral option.

HOW FAR WILL THESE GUYS GO? YOU will be shocked. It is like revisting the America Way of Death.

It is almost like reading the classic book on the American Funeral Industry All over again.

The American Way of Death Revisited by Jessica Mitford.  Gleefully sarcastic muckraking expose of the American funeral industrial complex.

I have read books that scared me, made me laugh or made me cry. This is the only book I have ever read that gave me a panic attack.

This book opened my eyes to the very real and horrifying idea that my death is viewed by an industry as an opportunity to milk every last possible penny from my grieving family.

via fireandsonic.com

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