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I have decided to preserve my voice for my father's funeral services. When I protest, I yell my slogan, CHASE BANK, KEEP YOUR WORD! I can yell pretty loudly. I actually can lose my talking voice but still be able to yell. However, if I lose my talking voice before my father's service that would be a bad thing. I don't want to be in the position of not being able to talk, but being able to yell at my father's funeral service.
Our family was blindsided by the pre funeral arrangements that had been made and pre-paid for several years earlier. My father thought he was paying for everything, until it actually came time to call and make the arrangements for his funeral. We had to scramble to find an alternative casket, mortuary, and then church because the original contract and salesman had completely mislead us.
I won't go into the details but I can now offer you all some very important advice about pre-paying for your funeral plot, tomb, or mortuary services. When someone passes and a "conventional" funeral has been planned, there are several distinct steps that have to be taken. Body pick-up and transport to the mortuary, embalming, make-up and dressing, casket selection, viewing time, church time and the necessary personnel, religious speaker fee, death certificates, stationary, flowers, dvd photo montage, police escort, transport to burial, entombment or burial, plaque or headstone, engraving, vase, long term care and maintenance. I've probably forgotten a couple as well.
Funeral and mortuary facilities can deceive people by SOMEby having their sales person assure the family that everything has been paid for. Years later, when it is time to use the pre-purchased plan, all of the things that were verbally promised are no where to be found on the contract.
This type of cemetery and mortuary scam could easily be stopped if all funeral and mortuary contracts listed ALL OF THE NECESSARY STEPS that will have to be paid for are actually pre-printed on the contract. Then the salesman has to initial the printed items that are actually being purchased.
If any of you have parents or you yourself have already purchased your burial spot and seem to think you have paid for everything, the odds are that you have probably only paid for a small portion of everything you will need. Review your contract NOW. If the sales person hand writes onto your contract what you are buying, what they are really doing is not revealing what you still have to buy. This is fraud and deception and can set you up for a false sense of security and a huge financial obligation when you can least afford it.
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