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ID Viewing – Don’t Fall For It!

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestID Viewing Many funeral homes are now requiring “personal identification” or ID viewing prior to cremation, hoping that when you see Mom in a cardboard box, someone will ask if there isn’t something a little nicer. Read more

More Corporate Sales Tactics

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestGreedy and Outrageous Tactics On the back of a Statement of Funeral Goods and Services Selected/Purchase Agreement supplied by an SCI-owned funeral home—under Terms and Conditions—there appears the following, “LIMITATION OF DAMAGES AND REMEDIES: By signing this Agreement you expressly waive, and you agree that you shall not be entitled to recover, consequential damages or losses of any kind, based on negligence. Read more

Not so Gay-friendly in England

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest “Gay-Friendly” SCI in England? The following is from an article by David Northmore in “The Pink Paper,” a British publication, dated November 1, 1996: A multi-million dollar American corporation is cashing in on AIDS deaths in the UK via a helpline claiming to direct the bereaved to gay-friendly undertakers. Read more

SCI and the 4 ‘S’s’

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest SCI Manipulates Cremation Customers The following arrived in the FAMSA mail:   Enclosed are educational tools for a new program which Service Corporation International (SCI) is imposing on their funeral homes and members of memorial societies who use their facilities. Read more

Stewart’s Deceptive Preneed Contracts

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestStewart Cemetery Practices Deceptive The following was faxed to Maridel Freshwater in the regional office of the Federal Trade Commission by Pierson Ralph, Executive Director, Memorial Society of North Texas. Read more

Loewen Cemetery Shakedown

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestLoewen’s Cemetery Shake-down Targeting the Poor and Parents Who Have Lost a Child The grandfather got the first call from Hillcrest Gardens in Mt. Holly, NC. Walter owns six lots there. His wife is buried there, and his tiny grandson, too, right on top of his wife. Read more