The Cemetary is charging me $360.00 to dig a 2' X
2' hole to place the vault in, for an URN! Money is an issue, wanted
to look for a discount - but the firms only sell to Funeral Homes.
So, I found your online funeral help site - if you can help - please
contact me. Thanks John
Answer: Hi John, I know all
the fees are a weight added to this burial process, and many are
unexpected. Yes, we sell direct to the public, and can help. Please
give me the size of the urn, the other information also I will need
is cemetery, name of deceased, plot, section and contact phone
number for cemetery, day of service, etc.
might think that for such a small excavation, that the cemetery
would permit the family to hand dig the grave, as I am sure many
ask. In some states this is permitted, most do not.
Hello, David here, I think I have seen bronze
markers just imbedded in the concrete, without the granite, can you
do this? Or do I need to buy the granite, and who sets it? My uncle
is taking care of the setting fee, size is the only
Answer: A single bronze
grave marker of 24 x 12 with the name, birth and death date, one
line of inscription, and 1 emblem, included is shipping as well, is
$392.00 -- it takes approx. two -three or so weeks. We need the
exact wording and information and approval prior to shipment.
Attached is an example. This bronze marker is set directly into the
concrete by the cemetery, and you pay them directly for that.
Contact them prior to arrange. We also offer it attached to a
granite base if wished - (not included)Is this what you had in mind?
If not - we can assist with other materials as well.
question*** In a message dated 3/6/01 12:43:26 PM Central Standard
Time Hi Betty, death and funeral industry quiz http://burialitems.com/quiz.html
Where did you get your facts and misguided views? Have you had a bad
funeral experience in the past?? Is this an advertising scheme for
you and your company? Well I would research your facts and figures a
little closer!! Please note that I will pass on your website to the
National Funeral Directors Assoc. Legal Department as we are in the
process of shutting down as well as filing court papers to weed out
slanderous information such as yours!!!
Answer: Sorry if you took offense any, it was
checked by several funeral advocates, and it is correct as it
stands. I think the NFDA has their hands full with bad sales tactics
from some f.d. however, I too have wrote to them to ask them to
please correct information on another site, that is way off base.
Not factual like mine. However, to answer you, no, I find most
funeral directors are upstanding, but those that are not, are so
hurting to the families who are making at need funeral arrangements
for family or the funeral of a friend, that people need a heads up.
(saved this one above, note OLD date, when adding this page,
10/03 - Quiz is still here, a very popular page.)
how do you arrange for a body to be donated to a
medical school or teaching hospital?
There are many different state rules that apply, here is one site law
site and a search on Google or others bring up many sites with
details. One really has to get their family behind this and let them
know well ahead of time this is your choice. Call to arrange a
packet of information and forms sent to you, that you will need to
Do they make caskets for more
than one person? Not to get a cheap funeral, but think people might
like sharing. Of course, death would have to be at the same time.
Answer: No - caskets for purchase do come in many
sizes, but they are limited to width and the weight that people are
able to carry as well. Not in double width for adults or multi
bodies, unless a larger unit is purchased for smaller children. To
have 2 adults placed together in the same casket (if independent
distributors or custom manufacturers even could make a double
casket) would simply not work. A casket for 2 would be too heavy to
carry - no hearse wide enough - doorway to parlor or church not that
wide - double wide casket for couple, would require more than one
plot for earth burial - and most of all, unless a tragic accident,
deaths of loved ones usually do not happen in pairs. The plus size
casket is extra wide for an overly large person, and sometimes it
has to be delivered in an airplane that has large cargo doors, many
things people might not think about. Dealing with Oversize Caskets -
may challenge one pre planning skills and perseverance. Once you add
size to the casket, now you need different cemetery supplies, such
as an larger size cemetery vault.
Do you sell those metal
Answer: Yes, they are
called 'ziglar cases' and we find our prices on a 'coffin case' is
so much lower too, than at a funeral home.
Comment, question*** Are you regulated?
by the many offices of federal government covering any firm doing
business - and state offices as well. While we may not hold a
funeral director's license (we do not embalm bodies, nor arrange
funerals) we know who to contact to get the best deals, and
are still some the most knowledgeable people to use as a resource
for funeral costs, transpiration of dead bodies and information. Our
caskets are sometimes the very same unit as at the funeral home -
and our prices are always a lot less by far. Funeral laws cover many
death care trade people - and the FTC is very interested to know if
the public is being treated fairly. I testified before the FTC in
Washington in Oct. of 2002 on some practices that we believe are
unfair to consumers. Someone trying to throw fear at you because
they are afraid of honest competition, that is one. Most directors
are upstanding, but the bad are really bad and have said a lot of
untrue things, and also have tried fear sales tactics as well - to
stop the public from using their freedom of choice. The public for
the most part, sees through this for what it is, and never returns
to a place that uses such actions - and spreads those stay away
words to their friends too. Our reputation is something we are proud
of - helping families save money nation wide.
My turn to ask a q of a Marketing guru *** (full pc) Ask Liz Dear Liz, I sell a difficult product -
one that I can't say "thank you for your business, it was a
pleasure" or "come back soon." I sell funeral products direct to the
public at a discount. Most of our sales are 'at need' meaning with
the death of the loved one. The problem I have run into is most of
the people do not know of their options in purchasing outside of the
funeral home, whereby they can save thousands with us. I do pay per
click, search engine optimization, even newsletters. I wonder if
this is a 'market' you think would go well with those who shop with
coupons? If I advertised with a coupon, I think it might get the
word out more (of course, no expiration date) but I wonder if people
would hang onto the coupon and use it. It is hard to offer much to
those that grieve, as I know their mind isn't on shopping, but it
should be; The cost of the funeral is often over $5,000 and we
really do save them a lot. Thank you, Betty B.
Betty, Yours is a tricky marketing problem. You need to build
awareness. You are not going to be able to comb through the death
announcements and make cold calls - the need will have been met by
the time the notice gets in the paper. You need to let
critical-care and geriatric physicians know who you are and you
should reach out to the hospice community. You should look into PR
and generally spread the word that the traditional full-service
funeral home is not the only option. If I were in your shoes
I'd be focusing on reducing uncertainty: "If I proceed on my own to
buy these items without the help of a funeral director, what do I
need to know? What are the risks?" Just a few years ago, almost no
one sold her home without a realtor - now it's a common practice.
You may create the same wave of change in the funeral industry -
more power to you! Liz
question*** Why are there no old world
style infant caskets on the market?
drives the market, whatever is popular selling the most. However, we
do have a source for those infant coffins, toe pinchers they are
called. It does however, need to be purchased well ahead of time, as
they are custom made.
*** Is embalming required?
Answer: From: Burying sanity. America
buries .... 800,000 gallons of embalming fluid.....Embalming
made sense when America started it. Terry Reimer, the research
director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, shipping a
corpse home from the battlefield in the 1860s meant several days on
a train."But why do we still do it? It's not generally
required by law. Unless the corpse will be traveling across the
state lines of Alabama, Alaska, or New Jersey, or will be shipped by
common carrier within the states of Idaho, Kansas, or Minnesota,
Uncle Sam doesn't care if you embalm dead Aunt Jane or not. It
provides no public-health benefit, according to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention. " --end copy--- However, funeral
parlor owners can (some don't) but most do require it if an open
casket viewing is ordered. Or IF your choice of funeral
directors does not have refrigeration at their parlor and the
services are several days away. (SO you need to ASK if they have one
prior to purchase of their services!) Or if the death was caused
by a reportable contagious
decease. Yet in Hawaii,
it's prohibited to embalm a body infected with certain contagious
diseases as it puts the practitioner at risk ***Comment,
Is there help for funeral
cost to lower income people or other causes for discount
the death was caused by a vilolent crime, suicide or the body was
discovered unattended, there is some assistance from some states..
Victims of Crime with many resources. If the family is low
income and has needs, there may be help from the city for burial
(see http://burialitems.com/faqcasketsales.html and look at thinking
of cremation). However, other choices are savings too, see our
resources link above, or please call 800-595-1313 to see if we can
help you more.
bookmark this site, as a very good (great) tool for saving money on
funerals, caskets and more.
Links above are active - to browse the rest of the
website of A Team Master's Caskets & Vaults, & More.
Some to the left and within this webpage are also 'active' for
17 And unto Adam He said: . . . . 19 In the sweat of thy face
shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of
it wast thou taken; for dust thou art; and unto dust shalt thou
Genesis 3:17 & 3:19
What is closed casket, open casket viewing, full couch
casket or half casket mean?
Answer: A full couch
casket vs a half couch, the full couch gets called that due to the
lid being in one pc, vs the half couch is in two. The 2 pc only
opens at the head end, and the foot end is kept down, and that is
where the flowers are placed. You would need to know which you are
ordering, as full couch caskets flowers are placed upon the lid, in
one long arrangement - hung when the full lid is open with the
viewing of the full body. Some full couch casket viewing
arrangements also offer a casket foot panel, to cover the lower half
so the legs or shoes do not show. Be sure to ask or become informed
which you wish, and order with details all in place. A full couch
coffin is a bit more pricey then half couch, and if it is going to
be a closed casket (no viewing) service, the flowers are a 'saddle'
of any length that one desires covering the casket. Many wonder if
the family can 'do the arrangements' for a funeral themselves.
Please see this PDF testimonial doing family funeral detailing
closed casket service for Bob, whom we miss daily, so terribly much.
Update 10/26/03, another huge savings, was $2,200.00 for "Kelly"
who had been looking at a price of $7,200.00 for her husband's
funeral. Total with buying casket and the grave liner from A Team
Masters, and using our network provider, ending up costing her
$5,000.00 instead! AND that was because she had already made
arrangements prior to contacting us, and embalming was done by
another mortician. After changing funeral directors, (moved body)
still same service wanted, but more personal, as now she was
permitted to attend to his hair / nails. If she had contacted us
1st, we could have saved her nearly a thousand dollars more.
Kelly had called because she was looking for a good deal on a
casket. When it became apparent that she wasn't happy at all with
the funeral home and so high fees there - I suggested she change
funeral directors. A few phone calls, a try at some unpermitted fees
tacked on from first undertaker, then understood no, all went well
and transfer made. She said she didn't know you could do this, move
the body and save so much. But knowing now the funeral would be more
what she wanted, in her budget, and more personal, it was so special
to her family. Thank yours were many.
this link added 2/04 will take you to a letter to CEO of CBS,
thanking him for his segments on expose bad funeral sales tactics,
and of an incident that we just went through for our customer who
was unlucky in his choice of funeral directors.
Click here for a
special Thank you to our visitors this month. Print and save so you
will have our number when you need it. A Team Masters, 800-595-1313
(Discount coupon on funeral goods from A Team Masters Casket store.
No expiration date, print now and save money when needed. Promotion
Code cstorg, must mention coupon when ordering casket. Only to be
used by clients. May not be used in conjunction with other special
offers or discounts. But you can pass news onto your friends.)
...........The older brother, having left the farm
many years ago had become a huge success in the city. He was
dismayed when he received a letter from his long forgotten younger
brother, informing him of the death of their father. Racked by guilt
and just a little grief, he told his brother that he would cover all
funeral costs, to get the best of everything and that all bills were
to be sent to him for payment. His instructions were carried out and
he later got a very large bill from the funeral director which he
duly paid. The next month he got a further account which he also
paid, thinking it was for extra items. When this happened again the
next month, he paid but made a note to check on it. The arrival of a
third account proved the last straw and he telephoned his brother to
find out what was going on. "Well," said his sibling, "When you told
me to get the best for Daddy I did, I went right out and rented him
a really nice Tux.............."
Ø Ø So, what are the RISKS from ordering a
casket from A Team? In a person's mind, they might think a possible
loss of money - if our firm skipped town. Not so, our parent firm is
over 20 yrs old, and the retail outlet is over 6. We have a great
track record, and in no way are we going to permit anything to
happen to tarnish that OR commit a crime! Money is assured safe -
also Federal and State laws also assure ethical business conduct. Is
the casket going to arrive on time and undamaged is perhaps another
risk that one might think of, or hear from our competition, the
mortician. IT will arrive on time, as past record shows, in 6 yrs
only one, due to Thanksgiving holiday, and Ø error on our customer's part, ever not been
able to be picked up on time. He choose to pick up casket at the
airport himself. He was told the time of arrival, time he was to be
there, yet he arrived past the two hours after unloading, and it
being a holiday they had closed early. We refunded the casket
purchase price in full to him, and made arrangements to ship the
casket back, at a cost to our firm, now being both ways. After the
funeral, he called, and told us he had purchased a less nicer and
more expensive unit from the parlor for that funeral, and was really
sorry he had messed up and missed ours, and no blame to us as he
would use us again. NO OTHER RISKS are here!! AND this purchase from
A Team Master's of all funeral product will literally save you
thousands! Call 800-595-1313
"I know not for what reason they lock up all the
cats of the house and cover all the looking glasses as soon as any
of the family dies, nor can they give any satisfactory account for
Low's History of Orkney (The coffin lid was nailed down
after an 8 day wake)Some funeral customs
And a ~ Fisherman's Prayer ~ God grant that I may live to fish
Until my dying day
And when my final cast is made
most humbly pray
When in the Lord's safe landing net
That in his mercy I be judged
enough to keep!
...Carol E. Fugate
What are the methods
of disposing of a body?
Answer: Well, if you mean
different typed of burial / funeral services, it is earth burial,
above ground Crypts & Mausoleums, cremation, body donation for
medical use, or green burial in a natural cemetery. Burial funeral
options are a whole other thing... there are many choices for
funeral services. TO Those that do not shop or become
informed,,,,A typical funeral in the United States now costs
about $7,000.00 to $10,000.00 and can reach $15,000 or more
depending on the death/ burial location, markers and various
accouterments, according to funeral industry experts. Americans
spend $15 billion a year in funeral costs.
And then there's the
upkeep: Just keeping the lawns green can cost a cemetery as much as
$15,000 a month. (another question below) ...........
The question of preneed, to spend down some elderly person's
income, and set aside funds for a funeral and or funeral product
comes in often. The bank is the place to set up a "death upon
demand" account, often called a Totten Trust account. The state that
you are in, ask of it at your bank. (Called many names, sometimes a
bank OB departmant offers the form.) However we can do this for the
casket and vault or graveliner, marker or any funeral product of
choice. Remember, we deliver Nation Wide. There are links to
research on this as well http://www.nysfda.org/whyandho.htm