We recently came across this article from the Manchester Ink Link which informed the public that the Phaneuf Family Foundation had been set up with a tripartite mission for the benefit of individuals and families of New Hampshire and Vermont. The foundation will be led by Arthur O. “Buddy” Phaneuf, President of Phaneuf Funeral Homes and Crematorium in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to the article, Mr. Phaneuf will serve as a trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Phaneuf Family Foundation.
Again, according to the article, the three-fold mission of the Phaneuf Family Foundation will be to:
- Provide financial assistance for funeral or cremation arrangements for individuals and families that cannot afford to finalize a service.
- Provide monetary support to hospice and other caregiver organizations, and
- Give scholarships to students attending New England Mortuary College.
The article on the foundation mentions that financial assistance has long been available through city, town, and state welfare departments in New Hampshire and Vermont for death care services, however, it is generally limited to $750 and many inexpensive services at funeral homes in those states average $1,000 or more so families still have to come up with out-of-pocket money.
Here is an article that Funeral Director Daily did over a year ago on a Phaneuf Funeral Home acquisition
Funeral Director Daily take: It appears to us that the idea of this concept to help these people pay for death care expenses is a noble one. It is interesting that in many states that if the funeral home accepts the payment from the public sector, they are then required to provide the death care services for that amount. Evidently, in New Hampshire and Vermont, funeral homes are allowed to accept more than the allotted or agreed upon amount of the public sector fee for their services rendered.
And, all of us in funeral service should be excited about the foundation and how it will be used to provide monetary assistance to hospice organizations and mortuary science students.