Family Owned vs. Corporate
Is there any difference between a family owned funeral home,
and a funeral home that is part of a corporate-owned chain?
Over the past several years, large multi-national
organizations have been purchasing funeral homes at an alarming rate. The early
nineties saw hundreds of family- operated funerals homes across North America
brought into the fold of large multinational firms.
Recent media reports such as 60 Minutes, Time, US News and
World Report conclude that these death care business operations, while trying
to maintain the facade of a family operation, quickly increase prices
considerably and enforce merchandising policies on employees geared to
significantly increase their bottom lines.
The funeral profession has a long, proud history of personal
service provided by generations of local families with deep roots in their
Today there are many funeral service providers to
What you may not know is that not all funeral homes are
owned by local families.
While they may have been operating in your community for
years, and their names have not changed, some funeral homes have sold out to
national and even international conglomerates.
These funeral service conglomerates keep the original family
name on their businesses because they know that at our greatest time of need
you are more likely to turn to a local family you feel you can trust than to a
national chain you know nothing about.
These are large corporations that are publicly traded on the
stock exchange. This makes them responsible to their stockholders and board of
directors to continually grow profits year after year. As a result you end up
paying more money and receive less value for your funeral service.
We are one of many family owned and operated Funeral
Home/Mortuaries, and we truly hope that you can find the right one for your
loved ones needs.