The NY Times has been running some off-beat features the last several days (things like women who get involved with their contractors and run off with them - that sort of thing) and here's another one. The latest in cutting edge funeral services. I am using the AOL feature link, hoping it wil be available online for free longer than the one week if I linked directly to the NYT. -- its-my-funeral-and-ill-serve-ice-cream - AOL Money & Finance
It's actually pretty interesting article with some insights into how some people think nowadays.
The planning for most funerals still falls to the nation’s 22,000 funeral homes, which bury more than 2 million Americans each year, at a price tag of $13 billion. But some families are beginning to think outside the box-provider, said Mark Duffey of Houston, who last year began what he calls the first nationwide funeral concierge service. For $995 or a monthly subscription fee, his company, Everest Funeral Package, has helped several hundred families plan their final rites, providing concierge services that range from writing obituaries to negotiating prices with undertakers.
“Baby boomers are all about being in control,” said Mr. Duffey, who started his company after running a chain of funeral homes. “This generation wants to control everything, from the food to the words to the order of the service. And this is one area where consumers feel out of control.”