Funeral directors appeal ruling that allows monks to sell caskets

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  • Ranch Here, UT
    July 18, 2013 7:59 p.m.

    Why should the government protect any specific business from competition? Isn't that what capitalism is all about?

  • The Sensible Middle Bountiful, UT
    July 18, 2013 6:30 p.m.

    Let the monks make the caskets. They need the jobs and their service makes funerals more affordable.

  • BYU Track Star Los Angeles, CA
    July 18, 2013 5:23 p.m.

    In California, one can buy Funeral Caskets at Costco. I'm now sure the Funeral Directors are livid by their lost of their Casket Monopoly but also the Monks will be unhappy that the likes of Costco and the Walmarts will be able to undercut their side business as well. Where does it stop?

  • Mike Richards South Jordan, Utah
    July 18, 2013 4:57 p.m.

    The family should be able to choose the casket and the casket maker, even if that casket maker is the family. Why should the funeral director or his association have the right to reject the family's wishes?

    The funeral directors cannot claim health reasons because vaults are required.

    All that the funeral director can really claim is that he is greedy and that he wants the state to protect his greed - no matter what the family's wishes are.

    Believe me when I speak with contempt about the common "practices" used in times of grief. We've buried two children. It was disgusting to listen to the sales pitch of those funeral directors. "Wouldn't you feel better knowing that Johnny was buried in this fine oak coffin? Wouldn't you take pride in that choice each time you visited his grave knowing that you gave him the very best?"

    I've told my family to bury me in a plain plywood box, tole painted by my grandchildren.