I read an article from what appears to be a well educated writer/consumer entitled “A Parting Gift: Navigating the difficult world of funeral costs” the other day. It concerned the death of a 31-year old and the young adults who had to make the death care decisions that were quickly thrust upon them. You can read that article here.
While I don’t agree with everything they had to say, there is probably lots to learn for funeral home owners from their experience. And, it is interesting to note that for these young people, price transparency seems to be the number one suggestion they have from their experience.
So, we are not only including that article in our afternoon edition, but we are also including an article on the Australian company created for price transparency, ezifuneral, and the website for an American company trying to do the same thing, Funeralocity. It is also interesting to note, that the Federal Trade Commission is probably deciding the merits of price transparency as law in its Funeral Rule review this summer.
We are also bringing you articles concerning a Minnesota funeral where a high percentage of the attendees have caught COVID-19 and a video and article on a Laredo, Texas, crematory that has been billowing black smoke, for what some say, has been days.
News from the world of Death Care:
- A Parting Gift: Navigating the difficult world of funeral costs. The Point Guys.
- A new mourning: ezifunerals shifts power back to the consumer. The Magazine Plus. Australia
- Funeralocity website. Atlanta (GA)
- Abington native named president of Virginia Funeral Directors Association. Bristol Herarld Courier (VA)
- What is green cremation? Everything you need to know. The Environmental Magazine
- COVID: Smoke from crematory concerns residents. Video story. WFMZ 69 News (TX)
- Funeral Directors respond to viral video about cremations. LMT Online (TX)
- 30 people believed to be infected with COVID-19 from Lake Park, Minnesota funeral. Family left sick and heartbroken. Inforum. (ND)