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    • In a "Dodge" magazine article several years ago, Don Sawyer did a to do list for preparation of remains AND casket for entombments in mausoleum. I believe it was printed in the mid 80's.

      Probably a good idea for both the funeral home and cemetery/mausoleum operator to expend the few dollars in preventive measures.

    • I, too, have been licensed since 1957 and I always call a body a body, except that I do when appropriate refer to a particular body by the person's name, i.e.: "Mr. Jones is in the chapel" or "the funeral for Mrs. Smith is scheduled for......"

    • >>>I guess I have to agree with Chuckcho, your stern stance on not being called an FD leads me to believe your not licensed, and your vocabulary choice leads me to believe you have lost or never had the sensitivity that would have provided the foundation for a fulfilling career.
      In the future should you come to my place for the services of one of your relatives, I won�t insult your relationship and refer to them as that "dead body".<<<

      Well my dear friend, you are wrong as hell as I have been licensed as a funeral director and embalmer since 1957. I believe only those licensed can call themselves an "undertaker", the term I prefer.

      One of my reasons for not calling myself a funeral director is I believe the term is limiting in today's market Here in the Pacific Northwest with a cremation rate of over 60% and climbing many folks do not wish funeral services and therefore they don't wish a funeral director. Better to use the term "undertaker" which covers all aspects of the dead body business.

      Please be assured I would not refer to a human remains as a "dead body" any place but this message board. I admit to being stupid and dumb as well evidenced by my long term association with the "death care industry" but not that stupid.

      On second thought I do not take care of death but bodies so lets change that to the body care industry.
      I never hesitate to refer to the human remains as the "body" Perhaps at your place you use terms like "your loved one" or maybe even "slumber room" when discussing viewing arrangements.

      In any event, thanks for your comments.

    • I guess I have to agree with Chuckcho, your stern stance on not being called an FD leads me to believe your not licensed, and your vocabulary choice leads me to believe you have lost or never had the sensitivity that would have provided the foundation for a fulfilling career.
      In the future should you come to my place for the services of one of your relatives, I won�t insult your relationship and refer to them as that "dead body".

    • chuckhcho writes:

      >>>LD, Your attitude certainly reveals an extremely long and "unrewarding" career in the "dead body business".<<<

      I beg to differ Sir or Madam. The dead body business provided myself and family with a nice living all these years and still does even with my association with a honest low cost alternative cremation and burial provider.

      If "unrewarding" is to be defined as honesty and a failure to buy in and promote such scams as "protective caskets", absolutely inadequate cemetery endowment care funds and other transgressions of the funeral & cemetery trade your statement is 100% correct!

    • pouncer sez:
      >>>Morale - be honest with your customers and you will be rewarded.<<<


      To which LD responds:
      <<A marvelous lesson which should be learned by all in the dead body business>>

      LD, Your attitude certainly reveals an extremely long and "unrewarding" career in the "dead body business".

      ChuckG

    • me too. almost bit at 6.65 awaiting final jap give up.... then i buy

    • Pouncer:

      A mistaken location entombment or burial is a much different set of circumstances than a leaky, smelly, horrible body fluids discharge into a public area of a public building. My experience is the later condition tends to upset folks in a special way.

      pouncer sez:
      >>>Morale - be honest with your customers and you will be rewarded.<<<

      A marvelous lesson which should be learned by all in the dead body business when speaking about the qualities of burial caskets, endowment care funds and maybe even the safety of pre-paid funeral & cemetery payments

    • Dog, you and I agree that "Greedy, lying FDs mislead people about what really happens inside the casket after burial or entombment."

    • If the crypt was leaking out the front, it *was* a mausoleum problem. A properly constructed mausoleum slants to the back for just that reason.

      LC

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