Published: Thursday, Jan. 23 2014 7:00 a.m. MST
Jessica Mitfords 1963 The American Way of Death is one of the most important
investigative books ever written, exposing the exploitation of the American
funeral business, whose profiteering was, until then, an apparently untouchable
scandal, according to John Pilger who provides an excerpt in his compilation
Tell Me No Lies, Investigative Journalism That Changed the World.Often drawn feet first to the funeral home to begin with, mourners only by
virtue of necessity drag themselves, guilty perhaps, remorseful certainly, and
susceptible worst of all, to conduct a most difficult and even macabre business,
paying for services not even required by law but for which they are led to
believe they must.Popular ignorance about the law as it relates to
the disposal of the dead is a factor that sometimes affects the funeral
transaction. People are often astonished to learn that in no state is embalming
required by law except in certain special circumstances, such as when the body
is to be shipped by common carrier.Other than what unnecessarily
happens then behind the formaldehyde curtain, what else consumes the gold of
those consumed with grief as revealed by Mitfords research? More.
Let the buyer beware the burier.
With apologies to all those who wish to show off their feelings to a departed
person, I think dead bodies should be handled somewhat in the same manner as
other trash that we no longer need. I have instructed my kin to dispose of my
dead body in the most economically efficient manner possible. If there are
recycle parts, by all mean, give them away. If it has a commercial value, sell
Dying and being buried has become a very pricey game. There is nothing wrong
with choosing ones remains to be cremated, the ashes placed in an urn then
placed in a small vault and buried. The headstone alone is tres expensive - as
much as a regular funeral.
Loving families and friends can have peaceful and meaningful economical
services(which their deceased loved one would have preferred).No need for
a large, densely populated, day long, very expensive affair.Cremation,
along with a quiet graveside service, or a simple, small family/friends
gathering, creates a calmer, memorable day, along and lasting memories for all
I hope I have enough money saved in my emergency account to pay for it my self.
I don't want to be a beast of burden.
I didn't see any references to the value of negotiating prices. We had a
positive experience is doing so with a funeral home in Las Vegas.
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