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You Could Pay Thousands Less For A Funeral Just By Crossing The Street, says NPR series

National Public Radio recently aired a two-part series on the U.S. funeral industry, finding that funeral homes often make things confusing for consumers by not listing prices for services online so people can shop around and compare prices. This is … Continue reading

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Funeral director accused of embezzling ordered to repay $500,000

Afuneral director in the New Orleans area, who was accused of embezzling more than $500,000, has been ordered by a judge to repay that amount to her brother — the owner of the funeral home. According to a story published … Continue reading

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CBC Marketplace undercover hidden camera investigation of the funeral industry

Death isn’t what is expected in this CBC hidden camera investigation of the death industry:

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Cemetery owners face criminal charges — theft of customers’ money

A couple that owned a cemetery in Delaware, Ohio has been charged with dozens of counts of theft from customers, allegedly for taking money for grave markers and other services that were never provided. Ted Martin and Myndi Martin were … Continue reading

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Another family sues B.C. funeral home, alleging mother cremated before memorial service

Another B.C. family is suing a funeral home, alleging their 90-year-old mother was cremated against the family’s wishes before they could say goodbye at a memorial service and before an autopsy could be performed. The civil lawsuit was filed last … Continue reading

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Family plans to sue Surrey funeral home after burial mix-up

An anguished and frustrated family is planning to sue the Valley View Funeral Home in Surrey, B.C., for a burial mix-up involving their grandmother, who was buried in a less expensive casket than the $4,000 oak casket that she had … Continue reading

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Another SCI cemetery screw-up upsets another grieving family

  A cemetery owned by Texas-based Service Corp. International has screwed up again, causing another grieving family further grief. It happened earlier this month in Louisville, Kentucky, where Bill Dudley‘s 95-year-old mother, Nana Dudley, who died earlier this month, was … Continue reading

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