Consumer's Corner A blog by funeral industry professionals.

4Apr/120

Green Burial Seminar

Posted by Flanner Buchanan

As Easter rounds the corner, learn about the early burial traditions revisited in today’s “Green Burial’ movement. Join us Saturday April 7th at Washington Park North 2706 Kessler Blvd. West Dr. Indianapolis, Indian 46228 from 9-10a.m..  Seminars include products, industry trends, and conclude with an optional tour of Kessler Woods.  Leave a lasting legacy of accountability and ecological responsibility.  Reservations can be made at 317-259-1253 or by contacting Barb Milton directly at bmilton@buchanangroup.org.

Barbara MiltonAuthor – Barb Milton is the Vice President of Community Relations for Buchanan Group, Inc. Barb’s extensive industry background makes her a preferred guest speaker throughout the country regarding final expense decisions.
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers

12Oct/110

Greenwashing

Posted by Barb Milton

Green burial is slowly becoming a renewed style of burial within North America.  Simply put, green burial is a way of caring for the dead that can reduce carbon emissions, conserve natural resources, protect the health of the funeral providers, and preserve natural habitats. That being said, the option is still foreign to a lot of modern households. Is there any wonder why consumers are looking towards accreditation and certifications to guide their purchasing decision during one of the most vulnerable times in their lives?  So who do you trust and what certifications really promise you and your family peace of mind?

Personally I suggest you start locally and then verify the provider through an industry accredited group.  Just like the “Good Housekeeping” seal of years gone by, we know locally we can rely on Angie’s list or the BBB to provide fair consumer rating on a local business.  With a company such as Flanner and Buchanan and Washington Park Cemetery Association there are years of data to validate reputable performance.  Within the death care industry and in particularly in regard to green burial options I would recommend the nonprofit, standard –bearer, known as The Green Burial Council, or the GBC.

Flanner and Buchanan and Washington Park Cemetery Association believe that consumer transparency as it relates to business is a good policy.  With the concern mounting over “greenwashing”, a term commonly used to describe misrepresentation within the environmental circle, the GBC encourage the FTC to create an oversight process for consumer.  The petition submitted on  March 4, 2011 The Green Burial Council formally petitioned the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to assist in evaluating organizations involved in standard-setting and/or programs aiming to connect consumers with burial grounds, funeral homes and product manufacturers.

Kessler Woods

Nestled on the grounds of Washington Park North Cemetery and Funeral Center, Kessler Woods is an environmentally-sustainable burial option. Here, human remains are allowed to decompose naturally and recycle into new plant life.

Joe Sehee, Executive Director of the Green Burial Council shared that “the green burial movement has opened up choice for consumers in funeral service that only a minority of American knew were options a few years ago.  But the growing number of associations and for-profit ‘dot orgs’ entering this arena suggests that a great deal of ‘greenwashing” could be coming our way.  We’d like to see the FTC take a hard look at all the organizations, starting with our own.”

The FTC recently updated its “green guides” which are intended to inform both consumers and businesses on how to recognize empty or false claims.  The agency is warning the public to be skeptical about a number of issues including the proliferation of eco-certifications programs run by entities that do not establish verifiable standards. So when someone tells you they offer green burial options, check them out.

Flanner and Buchanan Funeral centers in conjunction with Washington Park Cemetery Association will host a Green Burial Seminar October 15th 9 a.m. at 2702 Kessler Blvd., W. Drive.  The seminar provides a general over view of green burials options in a relaxed no sales related forum.  For information or reservations for this hour long presentation contact Bmilton@buchanangroup.org or call 418-6464.

Barbara MiltonAuthor – Barb Milton is the Vice President of Community Relations for Buchanan Group, Inc. Barb’s extensive industry background makes her a preferred guest speaker throughout the country regarding final expense decisions.
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers

10Jun/110

Getting Parents to Preplan Their Funerals; Lead by Example!

Posted by Barb Milton

I am routinely asked how to get mom or dad to discuss their funeral prearrangements.  It’s really very simple, lead by example.  If you feel it’s time to discuss funeral and cemetery plans with your parents, invite them to go with you as you make your own plan.  Explain why you feel you need to take care of these decisions before need.  Discuss the importance of knowing your options to cover these predictable expenses.

Believe me; no one has regretted planning their funeral in advance. And involving your parents or children makes it even more meaningful.

Being better educated translates into better decisions.  Cemetery and funeral options have expanded over the years. Whether you are choosing cremation, traditional burial or green burial options, it’s a great time to open the conversation with the adults you have always trusted to guide you.

A copy of our general preplanning guide is available on our website.  This basic guide provides a great start for documenting personal plans while helping you and your family collect important paperwork which is often stashed throughout your home. I’m pretty sure mom and dad will take a hint and follow your lead.

There is no time like now to visit with a final expense professional. There may be special programs that your family qualifies for, such as veteran’s benefits or cemetery discounts. Keep your parents active in the conversation. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  An average appointment takes about an hour.  You might want a direct cremation, your spouse a private estate on the hill. Yes, you can have both!

Preplanning does not automatically include prefunding but there are budgeting alternatives available to fit most family incomes, so don’t put it off. The reality is, death comes to all of us no matter what age we are!  Be prepared.

Barbara MiltonAuthor – Barb Milton is the Vice President of Community Relations for Buchanan Group, Inc. Barb’s extensive industry background makes her a preferred guest speaker throughout the country regarding final expense decisions.
Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers

27May/110

Learn About Green Burial in Indianapolis

Posted by Flanner Buchanan

So the parade and the Indianapolis 500 aren’t your thing and you have this Saturday morning wide open!  Reservations are still available for coffee and lively conversation at this month’s Green Burial seminar at:

Where:  Washington Park North

2702 Kessler Blvd. West. Dr.

Indianapolis, IN  46220

 

When:  Saturday, May 28, 2011

9 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

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Green Burial, a natural and environmentally-friendly form of burial, has been a part of the global burial tradition since the beginning of time.  As you may have heard, this approach is gaining interest again. Our informational seminar is an hour in length and will conclude with a tour of Kessler Woods, the natural burial ground located within Washington Park North Cemetery. The public is welcome and CEU’s are available for funeral directors that carry an Indiana license.

To make a reservation or ask for information regarding green burial call Barb at 317-418-6464, or email bmilton@buchanangroup.org .