What a joke. When a corporate funeral home gets in trouble they simply throw money at the problem until it goes away. The things they did at Eden Memorial Park were premeditated and abominable to say the least. The lawsuit talks about Eden Memorial Park. SCI employees desecrated numerous graves over many years in order to squeeze in more burials. The complaint states SCI employees were instructed to do what they had to to sell more plots. They did this by routinely braking open outer burial containers,caskets, and discarding human remains in a dumping area on the cemetery grounds. This all to make room for the sale of more graves. The description of wrong doings are malicious, uncivilized, and heartless. If this was the action of a local funeral home, local funeral director, or local cemetery, all involved would be going to jail for life and a day. However, If you are a multi billion dollar company, all you have to do it get out the check book. Write a check to the State, maybe to a funeral board, and a few more to the families involved. SCI then announces to the press they are happy that everyone can put this behind them. “Now the families and their loved ones can finally begin to have peace knowing that these unconscionable practices will no longer be allowed to continue at Eden Memorial Park,” Oh, and the irony is that SCI took no responsibility for the incidents. The article states that SCI sounded celebratory in its announcement.
The article is here. I commend Connecting Directors and Business Week who have both been following this story from the beginning. They bring these stories to the fore front but unfortunately they are not seen by a majority of funeral consumers. I have said from the inception of this blog that corporate funeral homes should not be a first choice when services are needed. I have pointed out that they hide their ownership though the names of the funeral homes previous owners. I have said that the best way to find out who you are doing business with is to ask the person who opens the door or answers the phone. Locally in Vermont and New Hampshire there are 6 corporate funeral homes. Chester, Ludlow, Townshend, Brattleboro, and 2 in downtown Keene. If you do business with a corporate funeral home you are condoning these types of abhorrent funeral practices. Every penny you spend at a corporate funeral home will go in a shareholders pocket or be used to cover up some unscrupulous act. These are companies that realize it is easier to make a problem go away with a check book then to treat consumers ethically from the start.
Any questions please feel free to contact me direct. (802) 353 0021. Whats fair is fair. If you have to use a corporate funeral home, tell them you didn’t like something about the services and wait for your check.