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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 […]

Minnesota firm approved for alkaline hydrolysis, more
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Minnesota firm approved for alkaline hydrolysis, more

About ten days ago we told you that Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation in Jordan, Minnesota, was pursuing the idea of placing an alkaline hydrolysis unit in their business so that client families have a choice between flame cremation and alkaline hydrolysis – sometimes known as water or green cremation. According to this article, the company was approved by the City of Jordan to offer the additional service.  It is interesting to note that no “significant conditions” were added to […]

The U.S. Supreme Court and Death Care
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The U.S. Supreme Court and Death Care

There is a lot of talk about the United States Supreme Court this week.  The talk ramps up during the first week of October every year because that is when the court goes back into session hearing cases after its summer recess.  Here is an article from the Washington Post pertaining to the issues coming before the nation’s top court this year. The article points out five cases that highlight the agenda for the court: Whether federal law protects LGBTQ […]

Iowa Attorney General investigating two funeral homes prepaid accounts
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Iowa Attorney General investigating two funeral homes prepaid accounts

According to an article published yesterday from Radio Iowa that you can read here, the Iowa attorney general is going to court asking that the Iowa Insurance Division be allowed to step in and try to recoup money from two funeral homes under investigation. According to a statement in the article, Dennis Britson, of the securities bureau in the Iowa Insurance Division commented, “This is about safeguarding consumer funds and getting them back to those individuals that those accounts are […]