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February 2011

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P.O. Box 917525 Longwood, Florida 32791   .#"6!s&AX   President Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL President-Elect Hubert McQuestion Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Secretary/Treasurer Michael Crummitt Crummitt & Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Immediate Past President Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Directors Wendy Bott Brown Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Doug Evans Carolina Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Steve Handley Handley Precast Systems, Inc. Glendale, AZ Dave Long Eagle Burial Vault Association Joliet, IL

Taxes, Cemetery Perversion & Picketing............................................ 4 by J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Legal Counsel

Plus-size People A Weighty Challenge for the Deathcare Industry ............................... 8 By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer

Is Your Company Located in a “Fat” State? .................................. 12 Membership Application ..................... 18 NCBVA Certified Plants ...................... 19 Industry News ’N Notes ...................... 22

Paul E. Cooper Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL Jerry Russell Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Dennis Schultz Doric Vault of Western N.Y., Inc. Buffalo, NY Blake Swinford Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Steve Vincent Doric Products, Inc. Marshall, IL Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Co. Longwood, FL

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Taxes, Cemetery Perversion & Picketing By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel 3INCE)LASTCOMMUNICATEDWITHYOUINTHE$ECEMBERISSUE MANYEVENTSHAVE taken place that have direct effect on your business. As could be expected, a number of signiďŹ cant events have come out of Washington.

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National & State Elections The elections resulted in a switch of power in Congress from one dominated by Democrats to one that is now equally divided, with the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives. As a result of such division and based on previous splits of power, many â&#x20AC;&#x153;expertsâ&#x20AC;? indicated a contentious and non-agreeable Congress. But the best news regarding Washington is that the business community will have a â&#x20AC;&#x153;seat at the tableâ&#x20AC;? and at least for the time being will not be legislated and regulated to an extreme with costly and non-business laws. One of the biggest business and individual beneďŹ ts that occurred in the lame-duck SESSIONOF#ONGRESSWASTHEPASSAGEOFTHE4AX2ELIEFAND*OB#REATION!CTOF SIGNEDBY0RESIDENT/BAMAON$ECEMBER  4HE!CTINCLUDEDTHERETENTIONOF THE"USHTAXCUTSOFANDTHATHADPROVIDEDSIGNIlCANTTAXCUTSFORINDIVIDUALS and business. A few of the new provisions of this Act for business are: (a) A cap on the immediate write-off of equipment and other business-related tanGIBLEPROPERTYISRAISEDTO FORAND&IFTY PERCENTBONUSDEPRECIATION ISEXTENDEDTOTHEYEAR (b) General Business Credit Carryback may now be carried back ďŹ ve years instead of one for some small businesses. Also, such credit is not subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT). (c) The holding period of S Corporation stock to escape the built-in gains tax (which ISGENERALLYYEARS ISREDUCEDTOSEVENTOlVEYEARS DEPENDINGONCIRCUMSTANCES (d) Cell phones provided to employees will be a tax-free fringe beneďŹ t. User logs were previously required to separate business and personal calls. It is important that owners of NCBVA ďŹ rms work with their professional advisers to reassess their existing status, both as individuals and as owners of businesses, under the current tax laws. Continued on page 7

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Customersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Cemetery Rights Eroded We all read various publications and articles regarding the deathcare industry. A few articles are provocative and some are very informative. One article in particular caught my eye recently, for it reafďŹ rmed things I have warned our industry about in the past. The reality is that traditional and personal burial customs are increasingly being replaced with corporate-style conformity in many modern cemeteries. According to a legal scholar from Wake Forest University, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The American cemetery is becoming a reďŹ&#x201A;ection of the desires of the funeral services industry rather than the wishes of the American public. The irony is that the laws that once gave great deference to families regarding burial practices are now being used to institutionalize a commercial norm at the expense of individual choice, family custom and religious beliefs.â&#x20AC;? For much of American history, according to this scholar, there were few laws governing cemeteries other than those for land use, health and safety. In recent years, however, the cemetery industry has inďŹ&#x201A;uenced state legislatures to create laws (to the cemeteriesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; beneďŹ t, of course) regulating the creation of new cemeteries. Today, the cost to build and maintain a cemetery is prohibitively expensive. As a result, in urban areas especially, large for-proďŹ t cemeteries dominate the competition. In Indianapolis, IN, for EXAMPLE ONECOMPANYCONTROLSPERCENTOFTHEBURIALS Because these cemeteries set the rules, the scholar said, families and individuals are given little choice. Unfortunately, this trend is largely going unnoticed by the American public.

Cemetery Picketing You are no doubt aware of the picketing of veteransâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; funerals, especially at cemeteries, by an extremist religious group. (The Westboro Baptist Church - WBC - is prominent in current news stories involving picketing.) Several state legislatures have enacted new laws attempting to regulate such picketing. I recently received two calls, one from an attorney and the other from a member seeking to ďŹ nd out the current state of the law regarding such proposed regulation. Based on some research, I ascertained that the issue of free speech and the right to preserve the dignity and sanctity of memorial and funeral services is currently being considered by the Supreme Court of the U.S. in its review of the case of Snyder v. Phelps. Snyder is the father of a deceased soldier whose funeral was disrupted by members of the WBC. A lower court jury decision that was made in the fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favor was overturned by a Court of Appeals and is now before the Supreme Court. It is possible there may be a decision by the Supreme Court during the current term of the Court.

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Plus-size People: A Weighty Challenge for the Deathcare Industry They are classiďŹ ed as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the morbidly obese.â&#x20AC;? They tip the scales at 400 or more pounds. In life, they are often discriminated against, made the object of jokes, or they are social outcasts because their excess weight conďŹ nes them to their homes. But they are real people with feelings and emotions, and when they die they deserve the same digniďŹ ed treatment and celebration of life that â&#x20AC;&#x153;average weightâ&#x20AC;? individuals receive. The challenges the obese face in life may often continue to follow them after death, however, and providing that digniďŹ ed treatmentâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;an appropriate celebration of lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;can be a challenge for the deathcare industry. By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer


hen it comes to dying, size does matter. The logistics involved in planning a traditional funeral are doubled or even tripled when an individual dies who WEIGHSORMOREPOUNDS The deathcare industry in general has made some progress in accommodating the special needs of families whose loved ones are overweight by anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s standards. For more than 15 years, as Americans have grown in girth, casket and burial vault manufacturers have offered â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversizeâ&#x20AC;? models, but yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nition of â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversizeâ&#x20AC;? is now being stretched. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s explore the world of caskets. It should come as no surprise that â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversizedâ&#x20AC;? caskets are available on line as well as from funeral homes. One company (Caskets By Design in the state of Idaho) features on its home page a celebrity endorsement by a famous actor. Richard Kiel, better known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;Jawsâ&#x20AC;? in James Bond ďŹ lms, states â&#x20AC;&#x153;. . . I realized with my unusual size I needed to make arrangements [for my funeral] well in advance so my lovely wife Diane would


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not be left with the added burden of ďŹ nding a going-away box that was big enough for me at the last minute.â&#x20AC;? His endorsement continues by saying that Caskets By Design created a beautiful casket and accommodated his size (heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 7-ft 2-in. tall) at an affordable price. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s keeping the casket in storage until itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s needed. What an endorsement! The COMPANYOFFERSCASKETSIN IN  INAND 38-in. widths, and can also custom-make larger sizes. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;standardâ&#x20AC;? casket size is considered TORANGEFROMTOINCHESWIDE)NITS general description of â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversizedâ&#x20AC;? caskets, the website of well-known manufacturer Getting a good ďŹ t: Increased girth can be a problem in getting a good ďŹ t in a casket. The deceased used to be measured from elbow to elbow, but waist and thickness measurements are also taken on heavier individuals. The deeper the casket to accommodate thickness of the body, the deeper the burial vault must be.

Batesville Casket Company states that the caskets are available in most colors and finishes of standard caskets. Batesville describes its oversize product line as â&#x20AC;&#x153;A comfortable ďŹ t for your loved one.â&#x20AC;? The sizes of oversized caskets are not provided on line. There is a casket manufacturer whose founder (now deceased) and current owner believe that â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigger peopleâ&#x20AC;? need more selection in caskets, and that even a 38-inch width casket may not be large enough. As a result, that company is getting considerable attention in the funeral industry and in the media right now. Goliath Caskets of Lynn, IN began as a cottage industry in 1985 when its founder, Forrest Davis, who worked as a welder in a casket company, decided that it just wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t right for â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigger peopleâ&#x20AC;? not to have quality-designed, appropriate-ďŹ tting caskets. He and his wife Mary began fabricating oversize caskets in a converted barn on their farm. At ďŹ rst, the couple offered only two sizes and one color, but business grew because they met a deďŹ nite need. The product line increased, offering sizes from


One option for an extremely oversized casket: Shown is a concrete unit that was manufactured by Lake Shore Burial Vault in a project to produce a concrete burial vault for the 52-inch-wide Goliath casket (left). The inside dimensions are 94 X 70.5 X 41 inches. A water vessel mold was used for the bottom of the vault. Although the unit was unlined, the cover was sealed with the material used to seal water vessels.

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29 inches wide up to 52 inches, in a variety of colors. The Davisesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; son Keith and his WIFE*ULANEJOINEDTHEBUSINESSINAND took over ownership in 1998. The 52-inch â&#x20AC;&#x153;Goliathâ&#x20AC;? casket was ďŹ rst INTRODUCED IN THE MID S )T CAN HOLD SOMEONEWHOWEIGHSTO POUNDS Keith Davis says he sold 11 of those the ďŹ rst year, and now sells four to ďŹ ve of them a month. Other oversized caskets manufactured by Goliath are sold in widths of 29,     ANDINCHES If the concrete burial vault industry promotes the use of vaults for the protection of the casket and the loved one within, how is the industry responding to what has been labeled the â&#x20AC;&#x153;obesity epidemicâ&#x20AC;? in the U.S.? Larger caskets call for larger burial vaults. The additional size and weight required, however, add up to a weighty challenge.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The advanced chemical technology that is available today,â&#x20AC;? comments Brugger, â&#x20AC;&#x153;allows us to manufacture concrete that is much stronger and that reaches an acceptable state of curing much sooner. In my opinion, however, the available technology still does not allow us to make the products lighter in weight or with thinner sidewalls and covers.â&#x20AC;? Concrete Burial Vaults Some member companies that carry Wilbert, Doric, Trigard and Eagle have their OVERSIZE VAULTS IN THE  hFATTESTv STATES own form-making shops or rely on a con- (as discussed on page 12) were contacted tracted supplier, according to David Brugger, regarding how large their â&#x20AC;&#x153;oversizeâ&#x20AC;? vaults NCBVAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Plant CertiďŹ cation Representative. ARE/NEMANUFACTURERSAIDTHATA INCH Larger, custom-made forms can also be wide vault is the largest they produce. He made by independent mold manufacturers. also commented, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Handling an oversize But what about the weight of a concrete casket containing a heavy person is a major burial vault that would accommodate a cas- ordeal.â&#x20AC;? ket as large as the 52-inch Goliath? Brugger )NANOTHERSOUTHERNSTATE A INCHCONsays a typical, standard-size burial vault crete vault can be produced. The company WEIGHS   TO   POUNDS /VERSIZE ISALSOABLETOOBTAIN INCHAND INCH VAULTSCANWEIGHASMUCHAS POUNDS metal vaults. With advances in concrete technology, is it A number of burial vault manufacturers possible to manufacture increasingly larger also produce concrete septic tanks. When vaults without having the weight go off the ďŹ rst questioned, one manufacturer said he charts?

CANPROVIDEA INCHUNLINEDCONCRETEBURIALVAULTDIMENSIONSAREXXINCHES  He then added, â&#x20AC;&#x153;If push comes to shove, we can go up to 58 inches on the inside, with THE OTHER DIMENSIONS BEING  AND  inches.â&#x20AC;? He continued to clarify even more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Actually, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the bottom half of a septic tank, and the biggest problem then becomes getting the necessary handling equipment into the cemetery. Many cemetery roads are narrow and not built to withstand use by heavy equipment.â&#x20AC;? (Septic tank bases can WEIGH POUNDSORMORE NCBVA member company, Lake Shore Burial Vault in BrookďŹ eld, WI, has recently been involved in a project to manufacture a concrete burial vault for the 52-inch Goliath casket. According to Hubert McQuestion, President, the unit was poured from a mold for a water vessel. (See accompanying photo.) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We were able to seal the top on the unit by using the same material we use to seal water vesselsâ&#x20AC;? says McQuestion, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still looking for a way to make a liner for something of that size.â&#x20AC;? Continued February 2011 l NCBVA.ORG


As concrete vault manufacturers know, if a burial vault (or any tank/vessel modiďŹ ed to serve as a burial vault) is unlined, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer as much protection for the casket and its contents as does a lined and sealed burial vault. Its main function is merely the prevention of a cave-in of the grave. Sensitivity & Sympathy Jim Woods, co-owner and partner of Carolina-Doric in Florence, SC, agrees that thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been an increase in â&#x20AC;&#x153;plus-sizeâ&#x20AC;? funerALSh/URLARGESTCONCRETEBURIALVAULTIS inches wide,â&#x20AC;? he says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and our largest metal VAULTIS INCHESWIDE)FWEHADAREQUEST to accommodate a casket thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 52-inches wide or larger, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d probably have to fabricate a burial vault out of metal.â&#x20AC;? Sensitivity to the family is always a priority, Woods states, and when a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deceased loved one is very heavy, the funeral professional must be tactful in broaching some of the logistics that have to be considered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;About ďŹ ve years ago,â&#x20AC;? says Woods, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a funeral director asked us to use one of our trucks to bring the deceased to the church and then to the cemetery because the funeral homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hearse just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle the weight. It was necessary to use our lift to get the casket into the burial vault at the gravesite. The family was very offended. I spoke with the family and tried to explain as delicately as possible why this approach was necessaryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;that the funeral homeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s equipment just couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t handle the weight nor could this be done manually by pallbearersâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;and I assured them that our driver was very competent and would use extreme caution to give their loved one a digniďŹ ed last journey. While they ďŹ nally

Classic Metal Vaults (Doric Products) of Corbin, KY manufactures this oversize metal vault that will accommodate a 52-in.-wide Goliath Casket.


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mation equipment. Its website afďŹ rms its goal to â&#x20AC;&#x153;. . . assist the cremationist with organization, efficient operation, safety, disease control, cremated remains removal and packaging.â&#x20AC;? Steve Schaal, Presidentâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Matthews Cremation Divisionâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;North America, states that when education procedures are judiciously followed, even the companyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s entry-level equipment can effectively cremate the reMAINSOFANINDIVIDUALWEIGHINGUPTO What About Cremation? pounds. Yes, There Are Risks; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most crematory operations get in Respect the Procedure The Bulletin has previously published re- trouble because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fully understand ports on the cremation trend (most recent: the procedures involved in handling obese /CTOBERISSUE -OREINDIVIDUALSARE individuals. There is a signiďŹ cant amount of taking that option. In some of the articles ENERGYCONTENTINFATTYTISSUELBSOFFAT published in funeral industry magazines = 12 gal of Kerosene) and we must respect and on Internet sources, however, there are the introduction of heat and the potential for accounts of ďŹ res within the crematories and uncontrollable combustion,â&#x20AC;? says Schaal. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to the training we provide damage to the cremation equipment when attempts were made to cremate the remains when a burial vault manufacturer buys creOFINDIVIDUALSWHOWEIGHEDMORETHAN mation equipment,â&#x20AC;? continues Schaal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;MatTHEWSMAINTAINSA HOURCALLCENTERAND pounds. According to Matthews International, can literally hand-hold an operator through Cremation Division, an NCBVA Associate a challenging cremation process. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s impormember, that kind of catastrophe is totally tant to have respect for the cremation proavoidable. Matthews insists on providing Continued on page 14 important training to purchasers of its creaccepted the reality of the situation, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think they were ever completely satisďŹ ed, unfortunately. Being sensitive to families always calls for diplomacyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all human and make comments or suggestions that can be misinterpreted by grieving families, but in cases where families have special needs, knowing the right thing to say or how to say it can be even more challenging.â&#x20AC;?

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All across the U.S., people are living large and, eventually, dying large. With the exception of Oklahoma, southern states hold title to the â&#x20AC;&#x153;fattestâ&#x20AC;? in the land. In order to keep market share and accommodate heavier-than-â&#x20AC;&#x153;normalâ&#x20AC;? individuals, the concrete burial vault industry must be gracious and prepared to make even more adjustments.


o one who keeps up with the news can escape the awareness of the so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;obesity epidemicâ&#x20AC;? in the U.S. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re skeptical about the seriousness of this epidemic, you might be convinced if you visit the website for the Center for Disease Control ( and click on â&#x20AC;&#x153;Oâ&#x20AC;? for obesity information. The opening sentence on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Overweight and Obesityâ&#x20AC;? topical page on the CDC website states â&#x20AC;&#x153;American society has become â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;obesogenic,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; characterized by environments that promote increased food intake, nonhealthy foods, and physical inactivity.â&#x20AC;? On a subsequent â&#x20AC;&#x153;data and statistics page,â&#x20AC;? the abstract of the ďŹ rst reference cited reads: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Over the past decade, obesity has become recognized as a national health threat and a major public health CHALLENGE)N  BASEDONMEAsured weights and heights, approximately 72.5 million adults in the United States were obese (CDC, unpublished data,  /BESEADULTSAREATINCREASEDRISK for many serious health conditions, including coronary heart disease, hypertension,

stroke, type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, and premature death. Adult obesity also is associated with reduced quality of life, social stigmatization, and discrimination.&ROMTO DISEASES associated with obesity accounted for 27 percent of the increases in U.S. medical COSTS&OR MEDICALCOSTSASSOCIATED with obesity were estimated at as much ASBILLIONDOLLARS AMONG all payers, obese persons had estimated MEDICALCOSTSTHATWERE HIGHERTHAN persons of normal weight.â&#x20AC;? Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another interesting resource: There is a â&#x20AC;&#x153;population clockâ&#x20AC;? on the U.S. Census Bureau website ( population/popclockus.html) that continually updates and projects population GROWTH BASEDONCENSUSDATA7HEN checked in the afternoon on January 13,  THECURRENTPOPULATIONINTHE53 WAS   ANDITWASESTIMATEDON that day that there is one birth every eight seconds and one death every 11 seconds. If approximately one-third of the U.S. population is by the CDCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deďŹ nition â&#x20AC;&#x153;obeseâ&#x20AC;? (having a Body Mass Index of MORETHAN THATSAPPROXIMATELY  deaths in one day that may call for â&#x20AC;&#x153;plussizeâ&#x20AC;? handling by the funeral industry.




More Than 20-Year Trend The obesity epidemic in the U.S. is targetEDTOHAVEBEGUNINTHEEARLYSWHEN the fast food industry began competing for market share by offering more quantity for the customerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dollar. Soon the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;supersize meâ&#x20AC;? inďŹ ltrated everyday speech and customers got used to eating larger quantities of food just to feel satisďŹ ed, thereby taking in more calories than they really neededâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;especially in the form of extra sugar (soft drinks of 32-ounces or more) and â&#x20AC;&#x153;badâ&#x20AC;? fats. The predictable results have materialized. One of the statements in the abstract cited in the third paragraph on page 12 cries out to the deathcare industry: Adult obesity also is associated with reduced quality of life, social stigmatization, and discrimination. If the deathcare industry is all about the celebration and memorialization of life as all the associations that belong to the Funeral & Memorialization Information Council (FAMIC) claim, it must take care to avoid any appearance of social stigma or discrimination, and be prepared to meet special needs.

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A Checklist for Handling Funerals of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bigger Peopleâ&#x20AC;? If you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t yet handled a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plus-sizeâ&#x20AC;? funeral, chances are very good that you will soon. Prepare now so that you and the family of the deceased wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any unpleasantâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;and unforgettableâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;surprises. 1. Have â&#x20AC;&#x153;plus-sizedâ&#x20AC;? burial vaults readily available, or know where you can get larger vaults quickly so the family doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the additional anguish of postponing the funeral service while waiting for delivery. 2. Be sure your delivery equipment can accommodate the extra size and weight of an oversized casket and burial vault. Keep your trucks and vans spotlessly clean and in good working condition. 3. Be prepared to offer creative delivery solutions for the casketed remains and the burial vault (horse-drawn wagons, ďŹ re trucks, ďŹ&#x201A;at-bed trucks with lifts, etc.). -AKESUREYOURLIFTINGEQUIPMENTISUPTOTHETASK 5. Measure doorways where the funeral services will be held. Are there elevators that are too small? Or is the weight restriction on the elevator too low? Stairs or narrow corridors that will make access impossible? Be able to offer alternative suggestions for funeral locations if access is limited. #EMETERIES$OYOURHOMEWORKANDKNOWINADVANCEIFTWOnnOREVENTHREEnn plots will be necessary for burial of an oversized casket/burial vault. Check out access roads. 7. Staff: Have enough personnel on hand. All usual activities will likely take twice as long to accomplish and call for more manpower to do them. 8. NEVER lose sight of the fact that you are helping the family to experience a digniďŹ ed celebration of life and closure. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take the chance of letting any glitch mar their memories of their loved oneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s memorial service. 9. Plan to read the article by Keith Davis in the ICCFA Magazine. Then, borrow what he states is his number-one rule: â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t check it, it will be a problem.â&#x20AC;? Continued from page 11

CESSNONEEDTOBEAFRAIDOFIT9OUHAVETO understand the dynamics of all the variables that affect cremation: body weight, gender, type of container, and number of cremations for the day. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what we teach.â&#x20AC;? Schaal stresses that the cremation chamber should be cool when handling an obese person (ďŹ rst case of the day). He recommends, if possible, inserting the body head ďŹ rst so that the bulk of the weight is towards the back of the cremation chamber, away from the primary burner. He emphasizes that the laws of physics cannot be overlooked, and that cremating an obese body requires the operator to remain near the cremator to monitor the cremation cycle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate,â&#x20AC;? comments Schaal, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but the majority of all crematory violations are the result of human error, and the more we understand the process, the stronger we will be as an industry.â&#x20AC;?


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At the Graveside Many burial vault companies provide graveside set-up services for funeral homes. If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re one of those companies, think as creatively as you can about the comfort of the family members of the heavy decedent. His or her family members may be â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigger people,â&#x20AC;? too, and they may insist on attending the graveside service, in spite of the inconvenience of getting there and enduring the time there. In addition to grieving, they may be exhausted and at-risk themselves from a safety/health standpoint. Have you gone the extra mile in considering their comfort? They may not be able to stand during the service, but can they realistically sit on the chairs youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve provided? If they WEIGH   POUNDS OR MORE THEY WILL need chairs that will seat them safely and comfortably. They may also need special assistance from and to their vehicles.

Advocacy Group On Size-Acceptance Currently, there is an advocacy group (a non-profit civil rights organization) that combats size discrimination. While still in relative infancy, the Size-Acceptance Association (ISAA) is now marking its 13th anniversary as an organization. Its mission is â&#x20AC;&#x153;To promote size acceptance and to help end weight-based discrimination throughout the world by means of advocacy and visible, lawful action. ISAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary purpose is to end the most common form of size discrimination and bigotryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;that against fat children ANDADULTS)3!!WILLSTRIVETODEFENDTHE human rights of members affected by other forms of size discrimination as well. ISAA deďŹ nes size discrimination as any action which places people at a disadvantage simply because of their size. ISAA deďŹ nes size acceptance as acceptance of self and others without regard to weight or body size.â&#x20AC;? The website states that ISAA has not been a membership organization since September 4ODAY ITSTRICTLYRUNSONVOLUNTEERISM and donations. Allen Steadham is ISAAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Director ( Has the Industry Done Enough? If one-third of the U.S. population today is considered extremely overweight, the families you encounter from now on will tend to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;bigger peopleâ&#x20AC;? themselves. They will remember how their loved one was treated by the funeral professionals involved. Sensitivity to needs and attention to the details called for in a â&#x20AC;&#x153;plus-sizeâ&#x20AC;? funeral create an opportunity for repeat business. Are the funeral homes with which you do businessâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x201C;and your companyâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;doing everything possible to deserve this business? Additional Reading Adams, Alice, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Challenge of Obese Cases,â&#x20AC;? PUBLISHED IN THE *ULY  ISSUE OF ICCFA Magazine P Conley, Mikaela, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obesity Epidemic Spurs Demand for Oversize Caskets,â&#x20AC;? ABC News (InTERNET *ANUARY  Davis, Keith, â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Guide for Dealing with Large "ODIES vPUBLISHEDINTHE*ULYISSUEOFICCFA Magazine P Yearsley, David, CSE, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Obesity a Growing Problem in the Memorialization Industry,â&#x20AC;? published INTHE*ULYISSUEOFICCFA Magazine, p. 18.



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5 A D & Sons Vault Co. Suffolk, VA Abel Vault & Monument Co. Canton, IL American Concrete Industries Veazie, ME American Vault Co. Cleveland, OH American Wilbert Vault Corp. Forest Park, IL Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Goldsboro, NC Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Lafayette, IN Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Orlando, FL Austin Concrete Products Dover, NH Babylon Vault Co. New Windsor, MD Badger Burial Vault Co. Eau Claire, WI Bailey Monument & Vault Co. Waycross, GA Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Baxter Burial Vault Cincinnati, OH Baxter Vault Co. Baxter Springs, KS Beck Vault Co. Rome, NY Bell Vault & Monument Miamisburg, OH Brewster Vaults & Monuments Millville, NJ Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Morris, MN Brown-Wilbert, Inc. St. Paul, MN Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. St. Louis, MO Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, MI Brutsche Concrete Products Benton Harbor, MI Buckeye Vault Service, Inc. Mansfield, OH C & M Precast Kerrville, TX Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Gary, IN Capital Precast, Ltd. St. Johns, NL, Canada Carolina-Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Carolina-Doric, Inc. Snow Camp, NC Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marlow, OK Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK

NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants NCBVA proudly recognizes the following companies that have a current standing in the Plant Certification Program Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Tulsa, OK Central New York Vault Co. Cortland, NY Century Vault Co., Inc. West Barnstable, MA Charleston Wilbert Summerville, SC Cheboygan Cement Products Co. Cheboygan, MI Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Barkley, MD Christy Vault Co., Inc. Colma, CA Columbus-Beier Vaults Columbus, WI Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Middletown, DE Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Vallejo, CA Costello & Company Vaults Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada Creter Vault Corp. Flemington, NJ Crummitt & Son Vault Corp. Martins Ferry, OH D.G. Robertson, Inc. Williston, VT Dardanelle Vault & Monument Dardanelle, AR Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Orangeville, PA Delaware Valley Vault Co. Blackwood, NJ DePue Wilbert Vault Savannah, GA Detroit Wilbert Vault Corp. Detroit, MI Doody Burial Vaults, Inc. Winchendon, MA Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Garden City, KS Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Great Bend, KS Doric Concrete Vaults Inc. Osage City, KS Doric Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN Doric of Kansas Vault Iola, KS Doric of Nashville, Inc. Nashville, TN Doric of Northeast Arkansas Jonesboro, AR Doric of Tennessee Cowan, TN Doric Concrete Vaults Limon, CO Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Newton, KS Doric Manufacturing Co. Boaz, AL

Doric Mississippi, Inc. Jackson, MS Doric-South, Inc. Demopolis, AL Doric Vault of Connecticut North Haven, CT Doric Vault of Eastern NY, Inc. Hudson, NY Doric Vault of Western NY, Inc. Depew, NY Doric Vault Co. Griffin, GA Dura Vault North Bend, OH Eagle Burial Vault Co. of LA Ruston, LA Eagle Burial Vaults Perry, GA Esterly Burial Vault Co. West Reading, PA Evans Eagle Vaults, Inc. Leola, PA Everlasting Vault Co. Randallstown, MD Flagg-Palmer Precast, Inc. Oxford, MA Florida Wilbert, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Fond du Lac Wilbert Vault Fond du Lac, WI Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Terre Haute, IN Forsyth Bros. Burial Vaults Fithian, IL Fort Myers Wilbert Vault Service Fort Myers, FL Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Gettysburg, PA Golden Eagle Vault Co. Rocky Mount, VA Grable Vault Co. Logansport, IN Graffius Burial Vault Co. Sinking Springs, PA Granite State Doric Newport, NH Gross Vault Co. Thomasville, GA Hairfield Vault Co. Hickory, NC Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Harn Vault Service Massillon, OH Harris Precast La Porte, IN Hicks Industries, Inc. Davie, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Horton Precast Girard, PA

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Huntingburg Vault Co. Huntingburg, IN Jacson, Inc. Henderson, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Sioux Falls, SD Kansas City Wilbert Grandview, MO Lake Shore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AR Lindquist Concrete Products Ogden, UT Louisell-Davis Vault Service Chattanooga, TN Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Montoursville, PA Marion Vault Works Marion, IN Mark H. Bott Co. Ogden, UT Master Grave Service Athens, GA McDowell Doric Vault Co. Fletcher, NC Memphis Burial Vault Co. Memphis, TN Mercer Vault Company Fredericksburg, VA Milan Burial Vault, Inc. Milan, MI Minchew Concrete Products Co. Waycross, GA Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN Montgomery Vault Co. Woodsboro, MD Montgomery Vault Co. Rockville, MD Moore Wilbert Vault Co. Evans, GA Neher Burial Vault Co. Springfield, OH Nor-Don Vault Co. Inc. Strafford, MO North Central Mich. Vault Srvc. Cadillac, MI Northwest PA Burial Service Cochranton, PA Norwalk Vault Co. Johnstown, PA Odon Vault Company, Inc. Odon, IN Omaha Wilbert Vault, Inc. Omaha, NE Ostwalt Vault Co. Concord, NC Palm Vault Co. Ada, OK Patriot Vault Co. Park Hills, MO Panhandle Vaults Amarillo, TX

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NCBVA Certified Vault Manufacturing Plants

Pennsylvania Concrete Vault Co. Greensburg, PA Perfection Vault Woodson, IL Phenix Vault Phenix City, AL Pioneer Vault, Inc. Doylestown, PA Poplar Bluff Doric Vaults, Inc. Poplar Bluff, MO Precast Concrete Products, Inc. Blissfield, MI Precision Precast Inc. Pittsfield, MA Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX Rex Vault Service Newton, IL Rocky Mountain Monument/Vault Sandy, UT Roland-Wilbert Vault Co. Clinton, IA Roland-Wilbert Vault Co. Marion, IA Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Sam Green Vault Corp. Lynchburg, VA St. Louis Wilbert Vault Co. St. Louis, MO

(Continued) Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI Sexton Wilbert Corporation Bloomington, IN Sheldon Vault Co. Sheldon, IA Shore Vault & Precast Co. Exmore, VA Simerly Concrete Products, Inc. Bristol, TN Simerly Vaults, Inc. Knoxville, TN Southern Ohio Vault Co. Portsmouth, OH Southern Vault Service Blakely, GA Spoerr Precast Concrete Sandusky, OH SI Funeral Services Cedar Hill, TX SI Funeral Services Gerard, PA SI Funeral Services Parsons, KS SI Funeral Services San Antonio, TX Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY

Superior Burial Vaults, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Superior Vault Co. Bryantown, MD Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Superior Vault Co., Ltd. Mississauga, Ont., Canada Swan’s Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Turner Vault Company Toledo, OH Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Appleton, WI Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Wausau, WI Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Washington Wilbert Vault Works Inc. Laurel, MD Warga Concrete Products Inc. Fort Wayne, IN Watts Vault & Monument Co. Des Moines, IA Wayne Burial Vault Co., Inc. Indianapolis, IN Welte Vault Co. Danbury, IA West Plains Vault & Mfg. Co. Pomona, MO


Whitman Vault Co. Whitman, MA Wicomico Vault Co., Inc. Salisbury, MD Wieser Precast Stewartville, MN Wieser Doric Vault Co. LaCrescent, MN Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Atlanta, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Waycross, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Muskegon, MI Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Traverse City, MI Wilbert Services Lancaster, NY Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Inc. Houston, TX Willbee Concrete Products Jackson, MI Williams Wilbert Des Moines, IA Williams Vault Company Emporia, VA Willmar Precast Co. Willmar, MN Zeiser Wilbert Vault Co. Elmira, NY

National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. Member Application for Plant Inspection Name of Plant ___________________________________________________________________________ Plant Mailing Address______________________________________________________________________ Plant Street Address_______________________________________________________________________ Plant Telephone_________________

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For a NCBVA member in good standing, the Plant Certification Inspection fee is $1295.

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INDUSTRY NEWS â&#x20AC;&#x2122;N NOTES 2011 CALENDAR February 20-27 NCBVA Eastern Caribbean Convention Cruise Allure of the Seas Departs from Ft. Lauderdale, FL March 8-11 ICCFA Annual Convention & Expo Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas, NV

Asa Brewster (center front), co-owner of Brewster Vaults and Monuments, Inc. in Millville, NJ, has been honored with an induction into the Millville Sports Hall of Fame for his football accomplishments in the late 1940s at Millville Senior High School. Although Brewster received scholarship opportunities at very reputable universities, he chose to enter his family burial vault business and marry his high school sweetheart, Myrtie. Brewster has been a part of Doric Products since 1962. He has served on the board of directors for Doric Products since January 26, 1977, the day Doric became incorporated.

April 1-3 NFDA Professional Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Conference Alexandria, VA April 8-9 OGR Annual Conference Loewâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Atlanta Midtown Atlanta, GA October 23-26 NFDA Intl. Convention & Expo/ CANA Annual Convention Chicago, IL

Wilbert Wins Design Awards 7ILBERT&UNERAL3ERVICES )NCISTHERECIPIENTOFTHREE!MERICAN$ESIGN!WARDSFROM Graphics Design USA for its marketing communications materials, The three print efforts RECOGNIZEDWITHANAWARDWERETHE #REMATION#HOICESCATALOG THE7ILBERT Image Library CD case and the Wilbert Annual Report. Each year this design competition Prices on Rise The average cost of a regular adult funeral, RECEIVESMORETHAN ENTRIES BUTONLYAHANDFULRECEIVEACERTIlCATEOFEXCELLENCE including casket and professional services, ROSE TO   IN /CTOBER A  Matthews to Install Bio-Cremation Unit at UCLA Matthews Cremation Division has received approval to install its Bio-Cremation Unit at the increase compared to the same quarter the University of California. The school plans to use alkaline hydrolysis to dispose of cadavers previous year, according to a report from and medical waste from its donated body program and school of medicine. Matthews is Federated Funeral Directors of America. the exclusive U.S. distributor of alkaline hydrolysis equipment manfacturer, Resomation, The cost of the average outer burial container increased by 3.17 % over the same period which is based in Scotland. IN

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