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Another family suffers ordeal of funeral home taking a body without permission

What prompted our family to start this website was  an incident involving our 95-year-old mother, Holly Haliburton, and a North Vancouver funeral home after her death, which caused us great anguish and greatly prolonged our grieving. You can read the … Continue reading

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Consumer Protection BC suspends licence of Vancouver Island crematorium

Consumer Protection BC has upheld a September 2012 decision to suspend the licence of Cowichan Valley Crematorium Ltd., effective on April 15, 2014, and the business was ordered to stop providing services by that date. Consumer Protection BC initially suspended … Continue reading

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CBC Radio series airs tonight, examines modern death industry

CBC Radio’s program Ideas airs a two-part series beginning today (Wednesday April 30) that examines how death has evolved into the industry it is today. The series, Death Becomes Us, includes an interview with Nova Scotia resident Jennie Morrow, who … Continue reading

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Funeral consumers have the right to ask for a price list

Consumers have the right to ask for a price list from a funeral home. If the funeral home doesn’t provide one when requested, they are in violation of regulations of the B.C. Consumer Protection Branch. If a funeral home fails … Continue reading

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SCI settles L.A. class-action lawsuit for an estimated $80 million

A class-action lawsuit against Texas-based Service Corporation International has been settled for an estimated $80 million, ending a jury trial in Los Angeles that alleged the Eden Memorial Park cemetery had disturbed hundreds of graves to fit more in. The … Continue reading

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Military man buried in wrong grave, wrong uniform

Often we entrust the bodies of our loved ones to funeral services directors and staff, and we often pay thousands of dollars for funeral and burial services. We expect them to get it right. Every time. But last year in … Continue reading

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Nova Scotia woman upset by funeral costs and pricing

Two years ago, Jennie Morrow of Nova Scotia had two tragedies strike months apart. First her sister Wanda died of lung cancer. Then her 89-year-old mother passed away in her sleep. While Morrow felt her sister’s funeral was fairly priced, … Continue reading

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Another family’s funeral nightmare

Since our mother’s death one year ago, we’ve heard all sorts of funeral nightmare stories. The following is one of the worst: Jerry Moon, 72, who lived in the Seattle area, was terrified of being cremated. After he died, his … Continue reading

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In memory of Holly Haliburton

Funeralwatchdog.com is the new website started by the family of Holly Haliburton, who died a year ago today. We wanted to draw attention to the funeral industry after the bad experience we had with a North Vancouver funeral home, which … Continue reading

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