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California attorney general sues Neptune Society, claiming $100 million taken from prepaid cremation customers

The California attorney general filed a lawsuit earlier this month against the Neptune Society, alleging $100 million was “swindled” from customers who prepaid for cremations. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and three Bay Area prosecutors claim that the Neptune Society … Continue reading

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Funeral director’s licence revoked for re-using caskets in Nova Scotia

A funeral director in Sydney, Nova Scotia has had her licence revoked after an investigation found the funeral home was reusing caskets up to six times and failing to put money for prepaid funerals into a trust account. The Nova … Continue reading

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After almost 50 years in the funeral business, Thomas Crean releases new book

Tom Crean is an expert on the funeral business, having spent almost 50 years working in funeral service. Now he’s written a book, It’$ Your Funeral: How Grieving Families Are Being Exploited, and How We Can Stop It. The book … Continue reading

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Alberta Justice ministry probes CBC video of funeral home worker dragging body

The CBC has posted a disturbing video online of a funeral home worker in Edmonton dragging a body from a refrigerated trailer where bodies were being stored. Click here to see the CBC story and the video. A CBC news … Continue reading

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Class action begins today against cemetery in Tennessee

A class-action lawsuit will begin a hearing today in a Tennessee court involving disturbing allegations that the remains of hundreds of people were mishandled. Opening statements are expected from the lawyers representing relatives about 1,200 deceased, who claim the remains … Continue reading

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Funeral board decides to tighten rules after tragic mixup, resulting in accidental cremation

A funeral board in Nova Scotia has decided to tighten rules after a woman was accidentally cremated during a tragic mixup of bodies. The Nova Scotia Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors also decided to revoke the licence of funeral … Continue reading

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New Zealand seniors form Coffin Clubs to have fun and save money

Here’s a good news story for a change. New Zealand seniors are forming Coffin Clubs to build their own coffins, adding their personal style with paint and other decorations for when the time comes when they might need to use … Continue reading

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U.S. survey reveals biggest funeral chain’s prices were “significantly higher” than independent rivals

  The largest funeral chain across Canada and the U.S., Service Corp International (SCI) has recently come under scrutiny. A report done this year by the U.S.-based Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America found that median prices … Continue reading

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The sad but inspiring story about the life and death of John Shields

The New York Times recently published a great story about the life and death of former B.C. union leader John Shields, who was tormented by an incurable disease. It details how, with the help of his family, friends and his … Continue reading

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Metro Vancouver woman furious after father’s body moved from Delta Hospital morgue by funeral home without family’s consent

Vancouver radio station CKNW recently brought another case to light of a local funeral home removing a body from the morgue of Delta Hospital without the family’s permission. Sherry Smallwood told senior reporter Charmaine de Silva that she never hired … Continue reading

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