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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 […]

Recompose sets sights on Colorado
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Recompose sets sights on Colorado

Recompose, the public benefits corporation that is moving the process of recomposition (human composting) into the commercial realm recently held a forum at the Feldman Mortuary in Denver, Colorado.  The forum was used to introduce the idea of recomposition to the Colorado market and also to announce that two Colorado legislators plan to introduce a bill in the next assembly that would legalize the process in the state. According to this article and news story from Channel 4 – CBS […]

Illinois funeral director sentenced for preneed irregularities
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Illinois funeral director sentenced for preneed irregularities

We received a couple of articles out of Springfield, Illinois, today concerning a southern Illinois funeral director who has been sentenced to prison for his role in failing to deposit payments for preneed funeral services. You can read about the case in these articles from WGN Web and from KFVS 12.  According to the articles, in addition to a prison sentence a fine of $25,000 was also imposed as was restitution to the victims. Illinois State Comptroller Susan Mendoza is […]

Neptune Society sued by State of California
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Neptune Society sued by State of California

In news that broke after business hours on Monday, it was reported in this article from Oakland that California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and three Bay area district attorneys filed a lawsuit against the Neptune Society and Trident Society for misleading customers about the protection of money paid in advance for cremation. Both companies are part of Service Corporation International, the Houston based death services conglomerate. According to the article, the lawsuit claims that “the Service Corporation International subsidiaries deceive […]

We’re not in Kansas anymore. . .or are we?
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We’re not in Kansas anymore. . .or are we?

Alkaline hydrolysis as a means of final disposition keeps growing in legality in states across the United States.  Recomposition, the act of human composting becomes legal in the State of Washington this year, and now it is probable that the State of Kansas will see a bill introduced into its legislature to legalize “promession” as another form of final disposition of a human remains. Promession as a process comes to us as the invention of Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Masak.  Wiigh-Masak […]

New facilities around the country
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New facilities around the country

As we go into the weekend we just thought we would update our readers with some new construction going on in the death care business.  The following articles pertain to individual or family owned businesses either being started or being expanded. As we have seen many times with the ideas of proposed crematories — there seems to be a mix of having that crematory welcomed to the community or being looked at by people in the community as “not in […]

It’s Veterans Day. . .Thank you for your service!!
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It’s Veterans Day. . .Thank you for your service!!

Honoring and remembering is something funeral homes help families do.  Virtually all funeral homes also have a special relationship with the military veterans in their community because of the service that these men and women provide at the funeral, memorial, or graveside service of one of their comrades. We just want to make sure that we take a moment today to say “Thank You for your service” to all military personnel — whether active, retired, or deceased.  You have all […]

A trend in the coroner business
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A trend in the coroner business

You have seen me write many times that I look for trends in the business world and then try to stay ahead of those to be in on the upswing with what is happening and have the ability to capture new business before many competitors have even seen the trend emerging.  It’s that way not only in the death care business, but in other businesses as well. In rural communities I am starting to see a trend in how coroners […]

Massachusetts funeral director license suspended
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Massachusetts funeral director license suspended

According to this article from the Telegram.com, long-time Worcester, Massachusetts funeral director Peter A. Stefan had has his license to operate suspended as of October 25.  Again, according to the article the suspension comes from a second inspection of his funeral home on October 23.  . the first inspection was on September 3. The article states that on the October 23 inspection four bodies were infested with bugs and one body had been mummified.  In addition, the article states that […]