About 18 years ago, Bob Davis realized he had paid way too much for his fathers funeral. A $20,000 insurance policy just barely covered the costs.
After the dirt had settled, he began to question why it should cost so much to bury a loved one. It seemed that there were no alternatives to being fleeced at the time of need.
YOU NEED TO DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK WHEN SELECTING A FUNERAL HOME. IT CAN SAVE YOU THOUSANDS. FUNERAL HOMES PAY $400 – $500 “REFERRAL FEE” TO HOSPICE WORKERS, CHAPLAINS, PREACHERS, NURSES AND ANY WORKER THAT TELLS YOU TO CALL SUCH N SUCH FUNERAL HOME ACTING LIKE A FRIEND,. YOU PAY FOR THIS BY USING THE HIGH PRICED FUNERAL HOME. THEY JUST PUT IT IN YOUR BILL.
YOU SHOP FOR ANYTHING ELSE YOU BUY, WHY NOT A FUNERAL HOME. YOU CAN DO THIS OVER THE PHONE. IF A FUNERAL HOME DOES NOT GIVE YOU PRICES OVER THE PHONE OR TELLS YOU THAT YOU MUST COME IN THEY ARE HIDING SOMETHING, SO MOVE ON. THEY ARE NOT HONEST, NO MATTER HOW FRIENDLY AND CARING THEY SOUND. YOU’LL BE SORRY LATER IF YOU DON’T. ETHICS AND FUNERAL HOME DON’T WORK IN THE SAME CONVERSATION.
Today there are many web sites offering cheap online cremations and funerals.
Why bother?? Why not just let the county do the dirty work if folks care so little? Are some people just too busy to give someone a decent service? Or too cheap?? I have been doing this for years and I know how much work is involved in a simple cremation, so when I see a ad for a $750 cremation, I figgure something is wrong. Are they cremating 2 or 3 bodies at once? How do you even know you’re getting the right cremains back? I remember a couple of years back a story about a guy in Georgia throwing bodies in the woods and giving back boxes of dirt to families. I saw a web site today where you don’t even see a live person face to face. You just pay online and they mail you SOME cremains. How can you possiably trust this person to handle your loved one or much less be a funeral director and not some weirdo in his garage somewhere, maybe in a internet cafe in Samolia, with just a computer and a paypal account.asking for your credit card info. You don’t have a clue where your loved one is. Or, they could be selling the organs to someone in another country and cremating the rest and making thousands off of your cheap way out. You know, a good kidney today can bring a pretty high price. No questions asked.
The same thing goes for some of these closed casket cheapie services. how can you possiably know what’s happening when all you deal with is someone on the the other end of a computer and then just show up at the burial plot and just trust some stranger that it’s your Mom in that casket and she hasn’t been mulated for a kidney or such? I know this all sounds a little extreame but you should really think before you do something like this. There are so many scams and things people wouldn’t normally do if the economy was not so bad. Watch the news and see all the weirdness going on that folks fall for.
I wish someone would call me and let me know how this works. I’m just a old school person. (No funeral directors, please) I just don’t think I could even do my dog like that.
Show a little class. You might as well give them to a guy in a van behind the 7-11.
Due to the rapidly changing coditions in the funeral industry we will refuse to be undersold. We will beat anyone’s price by 10%. PERIOD. Get their best price then call us.
I saw an add in the local paper today about a website promoting chinease knock-off caskets for cheap.
I have 2 thoughts I’ll share.
!. Having used them in my funeral home I quickly discovered how inferior they are.(SEE OTHER POST) My wife would NEVER be caught dead with a knock-off purse or shoes, wallet, Rolox watch or anything else. She felt it would be the supreme insult to the deceased and the family to use a knock-off casket. Let alone, take it to a church or have a service where others could see it. There are plenty of good American made caskets for the same price that you can use proudly. This leads me to…………………
2. With the economy the way it is, why put American workers out of a job and send your dollars overseas? We’re trying to surive here in the USA. You can be cheap and still support the home team. Call me if you need help.
At a recent trade show the buzz was that everyone had agreed to raise cremation prices. Folks can’t afford the high burial prices, so cremations are on the rise. Expect to pay about triple for a cremation in the future. since a large number of funeral homes are owned by the same corperation, prices will be the same anywhere you go. This is illegal, called price fixing, But, who cares? The FTC doesn’t.
Another thing I noticed was the number of weirdos now in the business. I would feel really scared to trust my family member to any of them, especally in the prep room. Sexual acts don’t belong in the preproom. That’s all I’m saying. I’ll have a lot of retallation on that one. It’s don’t ask, don’t tell in this business. These corp. will hire anyone as long as they are cheap, they just keep them in the back room.