Burials streamlined for dignity

  • Article by: ANTHONY LONETREE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 14, 2012 - 9:45 PM

Twin Cities organizer and funeral director ensure burials for the poor are done in style.

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daveseavyMar. 14, 1211:48 PM

For fear of being sued, I won't mention names, but one national chain that operates many homes in the cities, and a locally owned chain get by with doing the prep at one of their central locations, while the small operators have to follow the letter of the law. I've worked for several funeral homes in the cities and saw it first hand. The reason the state has this requirement is in case of a large-scale disaster. But if you're big enough and your pockets are deep enough, you can get around the requirement by having a room set aside with no chemicals, no embalming machine, but call it your prep room and it's okay. It's too bad the state and fed govs don't do to the funeral industry what the feds did to the Bell System, and bust up the chains for monopoly reasons.

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danderson1966Mar. 15, 12 3:42 AM

First of all, how can you be sued for your opinions on a public forum? Second, this is another example of the middle class paying for yet another service. Third, one more reason why I don't live in Hennepin County anymore.

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hennwasteMar. 15, 12 9:36 AM

danderson--and where do you live that the county is not responsible for burying the poor?

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stcloudbearMar. 15, 12 3:06 PM

Now the poor are entitled to fancy caskets? Sounds like more tax dollars going to waste

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