Tag: funeral home court cases


Suggestions or Coercion?

Late last Wednesday a jury in Montana issued a verdict against a Montana funeral home for coercing a widow client into pursuing a cremation for her husband against his “final wishes” for earth burial.  You can read about the case in the Great Falls Tribune here. According to the article, Robert Yeager, age 64 died on October 7, 2012.  According to court records, as mentioned in the article, Mr. Yeager’s death caused a bloating of the body, splitting skin, building […]


The Loewen Case Revisited – Part 2

When I left off on Friday the now over 20 year old case of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes v. The Loewen Group was our topic.  As I told you, it was an incredibly interesting drama unfolding in a Mississippi courtroom – all over the aggressive expansion plans and tactics of a Canadian based funeral home consolidator. As I mentioned on Friday, the case still has overtones in international courts for some things as germane to our society today as the Trans […]


Flashback to the Loewen Case

Over the New Year’s Holiday I noticed a small blip in a Mississippi newspaper, the Sun Herald, which announced the fact that Jeffrey O’Keefe, Jr. of Gulfport has been named President of Bradford-O’Keefe Funeral Homes. It goes on to say, as you can read here, that Mr. O’Keefe is a sixth generation family member in the business. I certainly can forgive you if the name “Bradford-O’Keefe” does not ring a bell to you, but for those of us who have […]