Category: Consumer Protection

Reader Question

I will make this a feature on the blog, rather than personally responding to questions by email (unless the one who asked the question prefers I do not). “What if spouse wants to be cremated, but adult children want burial and refuse to sign off? If burial is not within financial means, are there other…


Affording a Funeral for an Infant

For the purposes of this post, “baby” or “infant” shall refer to a child aged one year or under, and a fetus at any stage of development. I am seeing a lot of GoFundMe pages set up for families seeking financial help after they lose a baby. Nothing is wrong with this, as there may…


Cremation Explained

Similar to my previous post, Autopsy Explained, here are several things you need to know about cremation and arranging a cremation for someone. As a professional, I have learned it is impossible to dumb things down too much. Certain things which seem obvious to me – such as “cremation is irreversible” and “cremated remains are…


When They Don’t Pay…Or The Check Bounces

I picked up my very first suicide a few months after I started in this business. I didn’t know he was a suicide until I unwrapped him and saw the electrical cord still around his neck. It made me cry. I was actually a sensitive person, long ago. It was just he and his mother,…


How Does One Lose A Human Body?

Where did you last see it? Retrace your steps. One of my employees called me today to tell me that the airline lost the body. It was shipped to a city that was an 8-hour drive from its intended destination. The funeral home in the wrong city then charged the pissed-off family to re-ship it…


About Organ Donation

It’s basically a huge scam. If you feel good about yourself because you signed up to be an organ donor, I am here to ruin your day. In order to donate organs, you have to specify this in a legal document – the “D” on your drivers license is not enough. Also, you need to…


Everything’s Included

I remember one staff meeting a few years ago where we were discussing a funeral home on the other side of the country which was being investigated for improper treatment of human remains. Bodies were stacked in the garage, without refrigeration, and burials which were supposed to be conducted within 24 hours were actually put…


Just In Case You Want An Expensive Funeral

A response to prolific funeral blogger Caleb Wilde. Here is a boring post about funeral costs and how to cut expenses…if you want. http://www.calebwilde.com/2014/11/going-out-like-a-boss-eight-things-you-need-for-an-very-expensive-funeral/ There is no limit to what you can spend on your funeral. The most expensive casket you will see in a funeral home showroom might run as high as $10,000 depending…