89, of Phoenix, AZ passed away on August 21, 2015 after a brief battle with cancer. He was born in Phoenix on October 2, 1925 and raised in the Ellis-Shackelford House on Central Avenue. Jim attended Kenilworth Grade School, Phoenix Union High School, University of Arizona and Arizona state University. He was a loving husband… Continue Reading
60, of Goodyear, AZ passed away August 5, 2015. Erin was born November 23, 1954 in Long Island City, New York to Warren and Margaret Lawracy. She attended Saint Johns High School in Long Island, NY. Erin worked at McMaster Carr for 10 years in South Brunswick, NJ as a Sales Manager. She arrived in… Continue Reading
Other than the family, there are veteran, union, and other organizational benefits to pay for funerals, including, in certain instances, a lump sum death payment from Social Security. In most states, some form of public aid allowances are available from either the state, county, or city or a combination. Most funeral directors are aware of… Read More »
No. Talking about the mark up on caskets is really not the point. Most items–clothing, furniture, jewelry–are marked up as much or more than caskets. The real question is whether the funeral director is making an excessive profit, And that answer is “No.” Profits run around 12.5% before taxes — not excessive by any standard.
Funeral directors are caring individuals who help people deal with a very stressful time. They serve the same families 80% of the time, and many have spent most of their lives in the same community. If they took advantage of bereaved families, they could not stay in business. The fact that the average funeral home… Read More »
Funeral service is regulated by the FTC and state licensing boards. In most cases, the consumer should discuss problems with the funeral director first. If the dispute cannot be solved by talking with the funeral director, the consumer may wish to contact the Funeral Service Consumer Assistance Program. FSCAP provides information, mediates disputes, provides arbitration,… Read More »