Another advertisement from the corporate funeral home in Brattleboro. It’s a front page sticker add that promises a complete traditional funeral for $4995.00. Been there, done that. Don’t believe the hype.
It is evident that the Vermont funeral homes that belong to SCI (corporate funeral provider) are in trouble. Corporate anything is being shunned by the masses all over the country. Put that together with all of the bad press funeral directors and funeral homes get, and this should be a no brainer.
Shop local. Ask your provider who they work for. Ask to speak to the owner not the manager. Start to think about your final arraignments. Visit your local funeral home and get some information about the services you are looking for.
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I will be speaking at The Brattleboro Area Hospice training program in Bellows Falls. April 2 – May 28 (Thursday 4-7 and Saturday 10-4). 802 257-0775 or 802 353-0021
More details to follow. The important information is I am talking to Hospice volunteers all over Southern Vermont.
Love to see so many articles about death, dying, and death related subjects. Somebody has to be reading this stuff because there are blogs and articles everywhere. Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, and locally in your daily or weekly rag. I can tell from WRS blog alone, I have people reaching out to me from all over the country.
I have met a number of people who would not of talked to me about death, if they knew I was a funeral director. I guess it’s easier to talk to the Barista. The funeral director, not so much.
Here is another blog that offers solid advice to the consumer.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. All my info is on the contact page.
Thinking about a career in funeral service? Thinking about what happens after you die? What happens during a cremation? Thinking if you can move your dead grandmother to Springfield when you move? An interesting blog about a funeral director friend who spills trade secrets under the alias “Mort”.
They list 10 things that everyone should know about all things funeral. Not being a big fan of corporate funeral homes, number 5 hits a chord.
5. Big corporations have purchased many funeral homes that had been in the same families for generations. The largest death-care corporation is Service Corporation International and it operates over 1500 funeral homes. When Service Corporation International purchased the second largest death-care corporation, Stewart Enterprises Inc., in 2013, many Portland funeral homes and crematorium were swept up in the corporate mix. Corporate funeral homes have a reputation of acting suspiciously like corporations with an emphasis on streamlining and systems, lots of death-packages to choose from, and, an eyeball toward profits. Mort’s mortuary is not corporate so there is a lot of leniency in terms of how family members can decorate their vaults and niches in the mausoleum. One niche contained the ashes and photos of a delightful-looking woman…and her iPhone because her family said she would have never wanted to be without it. Mort just hoped it never rang.
Please ask who owns your funeral home. Corporate funeral homes over charge families and have a history of unfair funeral practices. Most recently they have been investigated for mass graves in a Texas cemetery owned by SCI. Corporate funeral homes have a reputation of acting suspiciously like corporations.
Here is a great article on home funerals. If you have an interest in the Home Funeral movement or are just curious, have a look.
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10 Terrifying things you should know about funeral homes.
Great article about the current funeral home situation. This is a 5 minute read which is well worth it.