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California Assembly gets human composting bill
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California Assembly gets human composting bill

In this article from the Los Angeles Times you can read about Assembly Bill 2592 (AB2592)  that was recently introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia.  AB2592 would, if passed and signed into law, allow for human composting in the state of California as an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial or cremation. Human recomposition was passed into law in the state of Washington last year and will take effect on May 1.  It also has parties interested in its passage into law […]

Do the Diligence. . . a cautionary tale
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Do the Diligence. . . a cautionary tale

Even before Robert Waltrip bought that second location in Houston in the early 1960’s there were lots of funeral homes that changed hands.  And, I’m guessing that over the years about 99% of those business transactions, especially the transferring of a funeral home to a new owner in a small community, went off without a hitch. Today, however, there are a lot more items to consider in a purchase/sale agreement so it is really smart to have good representation when […]

It’s that time of the year
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It’s that time of the year

In many states as we roll into the new year legislatures take seat and the business of the state gets going for the next six months or so.  And, it is no different in 2020 as we start to learn of some of the bills that have been introduced which may affect funeral service. We have recently heard of a couple of bills introduced in different states that might affect the way funeral homes and cemeteries do business should they […]

Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing
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Dollars and Sense — The great debate over online pricing

I noticed last week that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will be seeking comment on whether to make changes to the Funeral Rule.  This is probably the least the FTC will do and there probably could be more to come.  In their notice, they mentioned areas of funeral services and pricing where they explicitly seek public comments.  The Funeral Rule as I talk in this article pertains to itemized price information and how it must be presented. One of those […]

In the Navy . . . . . .
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In the Navy . . . . . .

Where you can find pleasure Search the world for treasure Learn science technology Where you can begin to make all of your dreams come true . . . In the Navy!! If you were my vintage and attended college in the late 1970’s you would recognize those words as the 1979 musical hit from The Village People entitled “In the Navy”. I’m not trying to relive my college years here but I thought of the song after reading this article […]

China says “Immediate cremation for Wuhan deaths”
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China says “Immediate cremation for Wuhan deaths”

In this article from Business Insider that was published last Saturday, the Chinese National Health Commission along with the Ministry of Civil Affairs and the Ministry of Public Affairs issued regulations stating that all coronavirus deaths in China must be immediately cremated with “no farewell ceremonies or other funeral activities involving the corpse”. Up until Saturday “quick and simple” funerals were allowed. According to the above article the procedure for the Wuhan coronvirus deaths is as follows. “The medical staff […]

Funerals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
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Funerals and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” -Eckhart Tolle In funeral service, we have all likely received a call asking for a sign language interpreter at a funeral. There are two types of reactions to this request. First, the phenomenal directors who jump into action to provide and pay for the interpreter. Second, the less than stellar directors who use excuses to say no, or worse, provide the interpreter but add it to the family’s statement. As a deaf funeral […]

Guilty plea, restitution and no jail doesn’t go over well with some pre-need victims
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Guilty plea, restitution and no jail doesn’t go over well with some pre-need victims

According to this article from the Manistee News, a former funeral home manager has pleaded guilty to taking over $223,000 in pre-need funds.  The plea would assure the defendent, Mr. Denis Johnson, age 69, of Manistee, Michigan, that he would serve no jail time as long as restitution to the approximately 60-70 victims is completed within one year. At least one relative of a victim stated that she believed the plea bargain was too lenient of a sentence.  “I guess […]

Investigations at Pennsylvania funeral home
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Investigations at Pennsylvania funeral home

It recently came to our attention that the Lancaster County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney has confirmed investigative action against a county funeral home.  According to the following articles and television story, the district attorney “received information months ago and responded accordingly”. The district attorney also said, according to the articles, that they learned of recent developments which caused them to take “investigative action at the funeral home.” Here is an article from Lancaster County Online dated Monday, January 14. Here is […]

Some things we found interesting in 2019
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Some things we found interesting in 2019

There has been a lot of news in the death care profession in 2019.  There is always the finance news and what is happening with the public companies on the merger and acquisition front.  And, this year we are seeing the fight that StoneMor Partners is putting up to try to become relevant in the funeral, cemetery, and memorial business once again. As we move through January we will give our opinions on what is happening in what I term […]