Monday, November 1, 2010


Where do we start, the corporate funeral industry is alive and well in America. There was a time when corporations were trying very hard to buy up as many small, independent funeral homes and cemeteries as possible in the shortest amount of time.  The goal was to corner the market and raise prices to the level that no one could afford services, or at least the services that were offered by them, thus forcing people to purchase pre-need funeral insurance from them at their prices and making their stocks SOAR!

One problem, stocks fell about $60.00 a share thus forcing the closure of all their smaller, VERY personal neighborhood funeral homes and consolidating body preperation and storage to the GIANT funeral processing centers where no matter where the funeral services for family member was being held, or what funeral home you were dealing with that was owned by a specific corporation, the body was being taken to the "BODY" processing center. Here, DOZENS of nameless bodies are being, embalmed, dressed, painted and boxed, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

All these funeral homes are owned by the same corporation,  BUT! they charge different prices for doing the same thing at the giant funeral center. One corporation has even created a smaller branch for the "Less Fortunate" families that can't afford the higher prices of the palacial funeral mansions they own. Another corporation introduced a branch to serve a specific "Ethnic Minority" because it was believed that this minority was more prone to burial, which can be more exspensive.

There are ALOT of these funeral corporations throughout America.

In the end, its all about stock prices and the dollar, rest assured that customer service is the last thing on the mind of the CEO of any corporation when he has to meet goal to get his annual bonus.

ASK YOUR FUNERAL PROVIDER WHO THEY ARE OWNED BY AND WHERE THE DECEASED WILL BE PREPARED AND HELD. Ensure your funeral provider is NOT just about "stock". The funeral industry is about compassion, understanding, and affordability.  Or at least it should be.

By the way, if you didn't realize, we are NOT corporate owned.  We are here to serve our community, not a CEO's bonus package.

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