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Digital Death and Dying Makes it into the New York Times-YourFuneral Guy

8 Jan

Digital death and Dying has made it into the New York Times. What happens to your digital assets when you die? This is an important questions

One estimate pegs the number of U.S. Facebook users who die annually at something like 375,000. Academics have begun to explore the subject (how does this change the way we remember and grieve?), social-media consultants have begun to talk about it (what are the legal implications?) and entrepreneurs are trying to build whole new businesses around digital-afterlife management (is there a profit opportunity here?). Evan Carroll and John Romano, interaction-design experts in Raleigh, N.C., who run a site called TheDigitalBeyond.com, have just published a tips-and-planning book, “Your Digital Afterlife,” with advice about such matters as appointing a “digital executor.”

Dying on Facebook?

Adele McAlear, a social-media and marketing consultant, became interested in this subject a few years ago, when one of her regular Twitter contacts died. A Web enthusiast who has created “Lord knows how many profiles” for herself in the course of road-testing various new services, she is an “advocate of creating content and putting it online.”

via www.nytimes.com

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Recession and Funeral Cost gains Media attention|Your Funeral Guy

8 Sep
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Recession and Funeral Cost are gaining attention -the attention of the Media. Today there was an interesting article in the Huffington Post On this subject.

Snippet:

In the past few recessionary years, most of us have gotten used to closely watching our expenses for everything from child rearing to college to retirement funding. Another important area where comparison shopping makes sense is funerals. Yes, funerals.

While it may not make for typical water cooler chatter, dying in America is expensive and the costs are often borne by grieving family members who are in no mood to haggle. Just as life insurance is meant to benefit family members of the deceased, planning funeral arrangements in advance can save survivors time and a significant amount of money.

via www.huffingtonpost.com

There have been other important articles on this subject in the New York Times and MSN  Money Central.

The Basic ways to save money on a Funeral are:

1. Shop around(Comparison Shopping)

2. Purchase your Casket on the Internet.

3. Choose cremation.

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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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Legacy.com apologizes for NYT NEWSPAPER swindle?|Your Funeral Guy

10 Jul

Legacy.com is apologizing for its part of not making things clear about charges at the New York Times. The Chief of operations said it all involved a  bad link at the webstite. NOT ADDRESSED IN THE APOLOGY WAS THE CHARGING OF GUEST BOOK SIGNERS FOR GUEST BOOKS, AND THE HIGH COST OF OBITUARY, AND DEATH NOTICES.

Last weekend, an artist and programmer named Maciej Ceglowski published an item to his personal blog headlined “The Great Legacy.com Swindle.” Following the suicide of a friend, Ceglowski encountered the paid obituary services of Legacy.com and The New York Times website. He was not pleased.

In a follow up e-mail, Ceglowski told me “the online obit market is something I gave zero thought to until my friend died, but strikes me as quite interesting (and somewhat sinister) now.”

He was especially upset at the Times’ failure to alert users to the $79 fee for a death notice before charging them for it — a problem Legacy.com has since corrected on its partner site with the Times. He was also bothered by an automated reminder seeking up to $79 to preserve his friend’s guest book “in perpetuity.”

Katie Falzone, Legacy.com’s director of operations, e-mailed Ceglowski early Sunday to apologize for the lack of disclosure on the Times page, a problem she attributed to an incorrect link. By the time I went to the site later Sunday, the link had been fixed and Ceglowski had updated his post to include Falzone’s e-mail.

via www.poynter.org

This is all part of an income crunch that has come to the Newspaper Industry and the Funeral Industry. More and more newspapers are charging to view their on line content, even the death notice and obituary. Death notices and obituaries often cost above $400 dollars which amounts to price gouging  by the Funeral and Newspaper Industry.

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BoingBoing hits NewYork Times,Legacy.com-YourFuneralGuy

4 Jul

What if you were to die Tuesday? What about an obituary?The popular website Boing Boing has criticized the New York Times and Legacy.com for their policies and funeral cost for obituaries. Print obituaries are quite expensive and often both the Newspapers and the funeral home(Funeral Director) does not explain the charges clearly. Legacy.com is used by most of the major newspapers in North America for their obituaries.

Your Funeral Guy has for a long time warned folks about obituary as a part of funeral cost. Details on saving on Funeral Cost can be obtained in Rest in Peace Insiders Tips to the Low Cost Less Stress Funeral. There are details in this work on Funeral Cost of obituaries.

Recently I helped a friend with a Funeral arrangement and the obituary costs were not explained. Please do not sign a Funeral Contract with out a a full disclosure on the Cost of your obituary.

In other words, the site takes money from bereaved people without disclosing what it’s billing them, gambling on the fact that they’re probably too preoccupied to care. Whether or not this kind of thing is legal, it is completely unethical. Even an undertaker who has upsold you on everything from coffin to funeral buffet has to show you a number before you sign on the dotted line.

If you Google around long enough, you may find your way to the New York Times rate sheet, where the small print tells you that an online death notice costs “from $79”. But you won’t find this information from anywhere within the legacy.com payment funnel, nor will you find any more information about that evocative word from.

I find it odious and troubling that the New York Times, along with a raft of other major newspapers, partners with this kind of website. It seems like further confirmation that newspapers will now clutch at any revenue stream.

via www.boingboing.net

Many times obituaries can be posted at  funeral home website. This too can be expensive. Do not do his if the funeral home charges for this service. Obituaries can be posted on facebook. The Face Book Memorial Page can Function as an obituary. There are also free obituary sites that you can use. Somer folks simply use blogger.com or wordpress.com as a free obituary site.

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Obituaries can cost less in smaller local papers but not always.

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The editorial is quite correct ” Newspapers will clutch any Revenue Stream”.  Often they protect the funeral home when corruption or fraud is involved. They want to protect the obituary revenue stream.

The Boing Boing Obit Shot was right on!

Senator from New York: On the Death Debt Collector Case-Your Funeral Guy.

11 Mar
The Dead may be getting a bailout from United States Senator Chuck Shumer

The Dead may be getting a bailout from United States Senator Chuck Shumer

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is on the case  of the Death Debt Collector. Some companies as mentioned here are doing DEATH DEBT COLLECTION. There is some question as to the legality of this activity.

It appears that Schumer met with the new FTC chief and asked him to look into the Death Debt Collector.

According to Yahoo News:

Debt collection firms “conveniently omit” telling relatives of deceased debtors that they aren’t legally obligated to pay, Schumer said.

Amid tough economic times, his office has received complaints from New York state residents about the practice. A recent article in The New York Times said the business of collecting dead people’s debts is expanding, helped by improvements in database technology that provide easy access to probate court records”.

This situation adds to peoples grief and funeral cost after the death of a loved one. It is good to see that someone in the government is taking action.

Many times States have regulations that effect death debt collection. With the Economic recovery spending in Washington and the folks on debt overload, who knows what a Senator from New York named Chuck Schumer may do!

Check out my post “President Obama the dead need a bailout too” and the original New York Times article here.

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IFDA brings in NY Times to defend Museum and the Alleged Ponzi Trust.

9 Mar
So who is telling the Truth? The New York Times or the State Journal Register?

So who is telling the Truth? The New York Times or the State Journal Register?

The (IFDA) Illinois Funeral Directors Association) recently brought in one of the largest media players to defend it’s Museum of Funeral Customs and the IFDA Preneed Trust, The New York Times.

There seems to be some contradictions and confusion in the press on this one. It does appear that Duane Marsh, director of the IFDA may have lied or told a Roland Burris half truth to the New York Times.

First in the New York Times March 9th 2009,

“The association of funeral directors has had other problems, too. A trust it once managed — focused on “pre-need” funeral planning — declined sharply in value, prompting a handful of civil lawsuits alleging financial mismanagement. Although the museum used no money from the trust, Mr. Marsh said, the association’s budget took a hit.

But from a Newspaper Article in the State Journal Register, Springfield Illinois, dated February 27th 2009.

“According to an IFDA-commissioned audit, the foundation that ran the museum received at least $250,000 annually in 2006 and 2007 from the association, which got more than $2 million each of those years from management fees generated by the trust fund.”

Maybe Duane Marsh was splitting hairs when he said the museum received no IFDA Trust funds. The foundation that ran the museum got the funds according to the audit. Sounds like a Senator Roland Burris half truth lie to me.

Sure wish the spin would stop and some one will print the truth.

The New York Times is known for not printing the Truth upon occasion. The State Journal Register in Springfield, IL is known for printing the truth.

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