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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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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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