Preneed Shenanigans by SCI
May 1, 1998
Ms. Charlotte Flynn, Convener Gray Panthers of Austin 3710 Cedar St., #223 Austin, TX 78705
My family recently experienced a situation that I feel is morally and ethically wrong and could be encountered by every person and family in our state and nation. Read more
Is Something Wrong with this Picture?
In the spring of ’97, The Pilot—a newspaper put out by the Boston Archdiocese—ran an ad for preneed funeral insurance for the Forethought Company, heavily promoted by Loewen-owned funeral homes. Read more
The following is an e-mail sent to FAMSA, posted with permission.
Dear Madam/ Sir,
Following is a copy of a letter I have tried to send to the Georgia Ethics Board. Please read it and let me know if there is anything that I can do to resolve this situation.
Sincerely, Sharon M. Read more
Loewen Vet Scam
On a flyer picked up at the regional VA hospital:
The Military Gardens has been rededicated for veterans ex-service personnel and their families. Veteran space No Charge. Spouse and family members of veterans one half off burial space. Read more
In Ponca City, Oklahoma, Loewen has made a bid to buy a local IOOF Cemetery, currently being run as a nonprofit operation as required by law. The County Commissioners must determine that a sale would not alter the operations before approving such a sale. Read more
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. In fact, this tactic was recommended at a funeral industry symposium—Keys to Cremation Success, “How to Add $1,400 to Your Cremation Calls”—where the speaker admitted that such a maneuver was self-serving. Read more
Greedy 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