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Go to Convention FREE ............3 Manufacturer’s Profile ................4 Industry Calendar........................8 Certified Plants..........................12
Surviving the ’Canes: NCBVA Office Invokes Emergency Mode Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne––Floridians won’t soon forget those four names. They were the four hurricanes that crisscrossed the state leaving devastation in their wake. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost so much in these storms. The NCBVA headquarters office located in the center of the state was spared of any damage. During each storm, Emergency Procedures were invoked to insure the integrity of the association’s documents and data. We lost several productive days during each storm due to power, phone, and computer outages. We apologize for any inconvenience to members who tried to reach us during those times and for the delay in production of this newsletter.
Task Force Seeks Input For Global Vault Standards
he American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) task group developing standards for the precast concrete vault industry invites all interested parties to participate. We are working hard at defining the performance criteria and requirements for concrete vaults. Global standards do not currently exist and some of the products on the market do not provide the performance required. We recently submitted the ballot titled: “Standard Practice for Minimum Structural Design Loading for Precast Concrete Burial Vaults.” The subcommittee ballot for this standard opened October 20, 2004 and will remain open for voting for 30 days. When it closes, the comments will be reviewed immediately so that the standard is ready for the main committee vote at the Annual ASTM December meeting. According to the ASTM, “a practice is defined as a definitive set of instructions for performing one or more specific operation that does not include a test result.” Basically, it is a general usage standard defining the criteria that makes a vault a vault. Included in the standard are cover, base, and wall designs similar to requirements set in place by Catholic Cemeteries or NCBVA. The biggest difference is the process is explained in greater detail and once approved will be a standard set on a global scale. The other item we are developing is titled: “Standard Specification for Precast Concrete Burial Vaults.” The “Specification” contains greater detail. This standard addresses design criteria and manufacturing practices for the concrete burial vault industry. The work on defining test methods is still underway. Test methods require explicit detail: A definitive procedure that produces a test results (i.e. Center Load Test Method) and required results. For further information, contact Merry Wirth, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc., Broadview, Illinois. Phone: 708-865-1600 x247; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hurricane Flood Waters Raise Vaults Flood waters from recent hurricanes have posed problems for cemeteries in the South. According to news reports, flood waters raised the exposed lid on one burial vault and threatened several others. The vault was in a private cemetery which does not have to meet the state’s requirements that vaults be under 12 inches of soil. It’s the first time in many years since such an incident has happened in Florida, according to the state’s chief of the Bureau of Funeral and
Cemetery Services. Several caskets floated up and out of their graves in Georgia after Hurricane Jeanne dumped heavy rain in the region. Officials said a flash flood rolled through a cemetery in Folkston, Georgia, seeping into and filling some graves, forcing the caskets to float up and lift the lids on the unlined vaults. An investigation could lead to changes in Georgia’s funeral industry, the news reports said.
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2005 Annual Convention February 21-23 • Maui, Hawaii
900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 204 Longwood, Florida 32779-2552 http://www.ncbva.org (800) 538-1423 Fax: (407) 774-6751 President J.C. Clifton Quality Burial Vault Co. Houston, TX President-Elect Graham MacLeod Detroit Wilbert Vault Co. Detroit, MI Secretary/Treasurer Darren Baxter Baxter Burial Vault Service Cincinnati, OH Immediate Past President Dan Hicks Hicks Industries Miami, FL Directors Martin Begun Eagle Burial Vault Association Detroit, MI Warren Chandler Master Grave Service, Inc. Bogart, GA Michael Crummitt Crummitt and Son Vault Co. Martins Ferry, OH Linda Darby Sempsrott Trigard Vaults / Greenwood Plastics Danville, IL Stephen Hatfield Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Hubert McQuestion Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Todd Swihart Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Steve Vincent J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Scott Watts Watts Vault & Monument Co. Des Moines, IA Curt Zamec Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc. Forest Park, IL
Executive Director Thomas A. Monahan, CAE Certified Association Management Company Longwood, FL Legal Counsel J. Scott Calkins, Esq
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Work Your Way to Maui
f you would like to attend NCBVA’s 2005 Annual Convention in Hawaii and would like to save a few bucks doing so, here’s a way to “work your way to the convention.” The National Concrete Burial Vault Association is seeking volunteers to make presentations related to the burial vault industry during the convention slated for February 21-23, 2005 at the Wailea Marriott on the island of Maui. “We are particularly interested in receiving submissions related to such subjects as business operations, marketing, and transition planning, but we are not limited to these areas,” said Convention Chair, Linda Darby-Sempsrott. Presentations must be 60-90 minutes in length and be accompanied by
an appropriate PowerPoint® visual presentation. If you are selected to make a presentation, you will receive a complimentary registration to the entire conference, valued at approximately $500 (airfare is on your own). Members who would like to make presentations must submit a suggested title and a 100-200 word description (abstract) of the proposed presentation to the conference committee. Include your name, company and telephone number along with the abstract and mail to Tom Monahan, CAE, Executive Director, National Concrete Index of Advertisers Burial Vault Association, 900 Fox Valley Drive, Ste 204, Longwood, FL 32779. American Cemetery Supplies, Inc ......8 Contact the association office at (407) 788Axis Corporation ................................7 1996 if you need additional information. B & L Cremation Systems, Inc.........11 Crescent Bronze Powder Co...............5 Tri-State Trial Delayed D & C Equipment ..............................5 Doric Inc. ............................................8 A trial for the operator of the Tri-State Edgmont Metallic Pigment Co. ........15 Crematory who is accused of failing to burn Hill and Griffith ................................10 hundreds of corpses has been postponed while the state Supreme Court hears an Holland Supply Inc. ............................9 appeal of scores of criminal charges. Long Machine Co. ............................18 Among other points, defense attorneys Matthews Cremation ..........................2 argue that dead bodies are not property Mixer Systems ..................................12 subject to the state’s theft laws. The 787 Newline ............................................14 criminal charges against Ray Marsh Romix Chemical & Brush ..........13, 15 include 439 counts of theft.The Georgia Trigard Vaults......................................6 Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal. W. C. Cardinal ..................................13 Court officials said justices would probably not hear arguments before February.
At Evans, Everyone’s Considered Family By Sylvia Heidemann NCBVA Staff Writer
Family philosopy has endured for three generations at this Pennsylvania plant.
ot many family-owned businesses can claim being successful for three generations, but the Evans, Shade, Con-O-Lite Burial Vaults and Crematory, Inc. in Leola, PA is proud to count itself as one of those. Leola is located in picturesque Lancaster County, and the company primarily services the suburban area of Lancaster, Harrisburg and Lebanon. “Basically, there are seven of us who are related to each other and who are involved in the business,” says R. Paul Evans, Vice President. “My cousin Bill Evans is the President. Because we are family, we try to treat everyone like family. Every funeral is handled like it’s for one of our own family members, and we do specialty things—such as add emblems or do special colors—to personalize our vaults.” Many of the employees are considered family, too, because they’ve worked in the business so long. One man has worked for the company for 40 years. His son, in turn, has already worked for the Evanses for 25 years. (Visit the company Web site at www.evanseagle.com to see many of the staff of 35 pictured. Note their years of service. Quite a record in today’s times.)
Genealogy of the Business Here’s the genealogy of the business: Robert Evans (Paul’s father), Chairman of the Board, is currently the patriarch Left to right: Dave Deihm , General Manager; Leon Frey, Shop Foreman; Carl of the company. In 1916, his Uncle Evans, brother and 3rd generation; R. Paul Evans, Partner and VP 3rd generation; “Doc” Landis started Bareville Concrete Co. He manufactured William Evans, Partner and President 3rd generation; Allison Evans, Secretary and concrete block, bird feeders and the th th daughter of Bill 4 generation and Shane Evans 4 generation and runs the concrete like. Many of the homes in Bareville, mixer. Lancaster County and the surrounding counties are built with block. Sometime after World War II, however, the building industry slowed down. In a diversification effort, the first burial vault was manufactured, and the The Evans, Shade, rest, as they say, is history. Robert’s father (Leroy) bought the company—which became Con-O-Lite the Bareville Burial Vault Co. Robert bought the plant in the early ’60s. It became an Eagle franchise in 1976. In 1985, the company purchased Shade Burial Vault Company Burial Vault in Harrisburg, and the latest acquisition (2004) was the Con-O-Lite Burial Vault Company and Crematory, Inc. in Schaefferstown. 15 Graybill Road All three plants are within an hour’s drive of each other, making it convenient for the Leola, PA 17540 Evans group to service their funeral director clients in the immediate area. The managers 800-352-4905 have cultivated a relationship with the funeral directors and service about 6,000 funerals a year, handling as many of the details as requested—from providing the vault to setting FAX 717-646-0022 up the tent and other services. Because they are based in a rural area, they are familiar with setting up in small church cemeteries.
“One of the challenges of our business, as we see it, is the consolidation of the industry. We work very closely with the funeral directors. We are active in all industry associations...” ––Paul Evans The company manufactures EAGLE SENTINEL, TRIGARD, DORIC and ConO-Lite lines of burial vaults. On a daily basis, 24 units are produced at the Leola plant, while the Schaefferstown plant produces 10. The company is rated as a 5star burial vault manufacturing plant.
Cremation Services, Too A national trend is toward cremation, therefore the company offers this service, doing approximately 1,500 cremations a year. A business goal is to maintain this level of service. In 1990 a crematory was started at the Leola location, and a second unit was put into service in 1999. With the acquisition of Con-O-Lite came a third unit in Schaefferstown. The crematoriums are regularly inspected by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
The Evans, Shade, Con-O-Lite Burial Vault and Crematory is a member of the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and all its technicians are CANA certified. “We’re trying to deal with trends and plan for the future,” says Paul Evans. “That’s why we offer emblems and motifs (cars, flowers, animals, crests, etc.) when possible to personalize the vault and reflect the personality of the deceased. We have a digitized engraver for urn vaults.” The company also carries a line of Clark metal vaults. “One of the challenges of our business, as we see it,” Evans continues, “is the consolidation of the industry. We work very closely with the funeral directors. We are active in all industry associations, such as the NCBVA (longtime members), Eagle
5 Burial Vault, Doric Products, the Pennsylvania Concrete Burial Vault Association, CANA, the Funeral Directors of American, and the Pennsylvania Funeral Directors Association. By active, I mean we participate in golf outings, conferences and exhibits, and have held or currently hold offices in these important associations.” Robert Evans served on the NCBVA Board of Directors years ago.
A Marriage of Skills Bill and Paul Evans consider their family business to be a marriage of skills, and they’re determined to make that marriage work. Bill has devoted his entire career to the business, focusing on plant operations. Paul worked as a civil engineer for many years. When he returned to join the family business, he computerized the office operations to increase their efficiency. But the two men agree that the most important skill of all is the ability to deal with people and treat them like family. That’s one skill that’s been practiced since 1916—from the top down.
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Mortuary Students Tour Vault Plant; Learn The Basics Jerry and Ruby Cooper, owners of Central Burial Vaults, Inc. of Oklahoma, hosted their annual plant tour for a group of 26 mortuary science students from the University of Central Oklahoma in September. The juniors and seniors were excused from classes to attend the morning tour and learn how concrete burial vaults are manufactured by Central Burial Vaults. The tour began with a social time that included morning refreshments, introductions of Central Burial Vault employees and a brief history of Central and Doric companies. Richard Cooper, production manager, and Michael Peery, director of funeral home relations, led the tour, beginning with a demonstration on stripping the concrete vault from the mold and preparations to pour concrete. The students then watched as the production crew poured several units. Richard emphasized the importance of primary and secondary steel reinforcement in the walls and lid of the burial vault. To demonstrate the difference he drove the front wheels of a Ford F-650 vault truck onto two vault lids. One lid was previously poured especially for the demonstration without any primary or secondary wire
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Abel Vault & Monument Co. Canton, IL Abel Vault & Monument Co. Pekin, IL American Concrete Industries Bangor, ME American Vault Co. Cleveland, OH American Vault & Concrete Prod. Detroit, MI Arnold-Wilbert Corp. Goldsboro, NC Arrow Vault Co., Inc. Lafayette, IN Atlas Concrete Products, Inc. Orlando, FL Babylon Vault Co. New Windsor, MD Badger Burial Vault Co. Eau Claire, WI Baumgardner Products Co. Akron, OH Baxter Burial Vault Cincinnati, OH Baxter Vault Co. Baxter Springs, KS Beck Vault Co. Rome, NY Beier Burial Vaults Columbus, WI Brewster Vaults & Monuments Millville, NJ Brown-Wilbert, Inc. Morris, MN Brown-Wilbert, Inc. St. Paul, MN Bruns Norwalk Vault Co. Saint Louis, MO Brutsche Concrete Products Battle Creek, MI Brutsche Concrete Products Benton Harbor, MI Buckeye Vault Service Mansfield, OH Bush Concrete Products, Inc. Muskegon, MI C & M Precast Kerrville, TX Calumet Wilbert Vault Co. Inc. Gary, IN Carolina-Doric, Inc. Florence, SC Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Marlow, OK Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Oklahoma City, OK Central Burial Vaults, Inc. Tulsa, OK Central New York Vault Co. Cortland, NY Century Vault Co., Inc. Barnstable, MA Cheboygan Cement Products Co. Cheboygan, MI Chesapeake Burial Vault Co. Ingleside, MD Christy Vault Co., Inc. Colma, CA
Cooper Wilbert Vault Co. Middletown, DE Cordeiro Vault Co., Inc. Vallejo, CA Costello 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 Delaware Valley Vault Co., Philadelphia, PA DePue Wilbert Vault Savannah, GA Deihl Vault & Precast Co. Orangeville, PA 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 South Texas Elsa, TX Doric Concrete Vaults Limon, CO Doric Concrete Vaults, Inc. Newton, KS Doric Manufacturing Co. Boaz, AL Doric Mississippi, Inc. Vicksburg, MS Doric-South, Inc. Demopolis, AL 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
Florida Wilbert, Inc. Jacksonville, FL Fon du Lac Wilbert Vault Fon du Lac, WI Forsyth Bros. Fithian, IL Forsyth Bros. Concrete Prod. Terre Haute, IN Gettysburg Burial Vault Co. Gettysburg, PA Golden Eagle Vault Co. Rocky Mountain, VA Grable Vault Co. Logansport, IN Graffius Burial Vault Co. Sinking Springs, PA Granite State Doric Newport, NH Gray Bros., Inc. Kansas City, KS Hairfield Vault Co. Hickory, NC Hardy Doric, Inc. Chelmsford, MA Harn Vault Service Massillon, OH Harris Precast Laporte, IN Heilman â€“ Wirtz, Inc. Cedar Hill, TX Hicks Industries, Inc. Miami, FL Hicks Industries, Inc. Mulberry, FL Horton Precast Gerard, PA Hydraulic Dolly, Inc. Altoona, PA J.P. Vincent & Son, Inc. Galena, IL Jacson, Inc. Henderson, TX Jefferson Concrete Corp. Watertown, NY Josten Wilbert Vault Co. Sioux Falls, SD Lakeshore Burial Vault Co. Brookfield, WI Lavaca Vault Co. Lavaca, AK Louisell-Davis Vault Service Chattanooga, TN Ludlow Burial Vault Co. Ludlow, MA Lycoming Burial Vault Co. Inc. Montoursville, PA Marion Vault Works Marion, IN Markham Burial Vault Services Richmond, VA Markham-Carter Vault Service Smithfield, VA Master Grave Service Athens, GA Memphis Burial Vault Co. Memphis, TN
Mercer Vault Company Fredericksburg, VA Milan Burial Vault, Inc. Milan, MI Minnick Services Corp. Fort Wayne, IN Moore Wilbert Vault Co. Evans, GA Murray Vault Co. Austin, AR Neher Burial Vault Co. Springfield, OH Nor-Don Vault Co. Inc. Strafford, MO North Central Mich. Vault Srvc. Cadillac, MI 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 Panhandle Vaults Wellington, TX Pennyslvania 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 Saginaw Wilbert Vault Corp. Saginaw, MI Sam Green Vault Co. Lynchburg, VA Saline Vault Co. Sweet Springs, MO Santeiu Vaults Inc. Livonia, MI Sheldon Vault Co. Sheldon, IA Shenandoah Valley Vaults, Inc. Dayton, VA 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 Sunnycrest, Inc. Auburn, NY Suhor Industries Cedar Hill, TX Suhor Industries Parsons, KS Superior Burial Vaults, Inc. Salt Lake City, UT Superior Vault Co. Bryantown, MD Superior Vault Co. Charlestown, IN Superior Vault Company LTD Mississauga, Ontario, Canada Swan’s Concrete Products Westbrook, ME Tennessee Vault & Grave, Inc. Dechard, TN Tucker Vault Co. Farmington, MO Turner Vault Company Toledo, OH Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Appleton, WI Vanden Boomen Burial Vaults Inc. Wausau, WI Vault Service Griffin, GA Vincent and Sons 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 Western Carolina Vault Co. Fletcher NC West Plains Vault & Mfg. Co. Pomona, MO Whitman Vault Co. Whitman, MA Wicomico Vault Co., Inc. Salisbury, MD Wieser Precast Stewartville, MN Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Atlanta, GA Wilbert Burial Vault Co. Muskegon, MI Wilbert Burial Vault (The James Co.) Waycross, GA Wilbert Vaults of Houston, Inc. Houston, TX Willbee Concrete Products Jackson, MI 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__________________________________________ Fax Phone Number_______________________________________ Owner’s Name___________________________________________ Evening Telephone_______________________________________ Plant Manager/Contact Person_______________________________ Evening Phone__________________________________________ Types of Outer Burial Receptacles Produced ❐ Top Seals ❐ Air Domes ❐ Sectionals Other________________________________________________
Please return this application with full payment to: The National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. 900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite #204 Longwood, FL 32779-2552 (800) 538-1423 Fax (407) 774-6751 As an NCBVA member in good standing, the total of your Plant Certification Inspection will be $1295 (Recertification, $495). Full payment should be enclosed with your application.
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Please check appropriate level: 1-999 Units ........$170 1000 - 1999 ........$260 2000 - 3499 ........$350 3500 - 4999 ........$435 5000 and more ....$525
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CODE OF ETHICS We believe that concrete is an ideal material for the construction of burial vaults for the interment of human remains and that a properly constructed concrete burial vault is worthy of acceptance by the public. Our sales and advertising policies will be governed by standards acceptable by the public and the funeral profession and by principles advocated by the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc. We pledge fair trade practices to our competitor whose product we will not disparage. We shall conduct our business on sound business principles, striving to build a relationship of respect and confidence for the burial vault industry with the public, with the funeral director and with the cemeteries management. We will abide by the rules and regulations of the National Concrete Burial Vault Association, Inc., thereby contributing to a stronger and greater national industry.
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Annual Convention • February 21-23, 2005 • Maui, Hawaii Dear Readers, We at the National Concrete Burial Vault Association Bulletin would love to hear from you. Specifically we are looking for press releases from you so that we can continue to address issues and topics that are directly facing you. Do you have an idea for an article of interest to other manufacturers? Why don’t you take a few minutes and send us a press release about your happenings? We’re interested in details about special events, individuals who deserve recognition, awards, and new services you are providing. Suppliers: let us know about your new products and services. Color or black and white photos are also welcome. If you are unsure about how to write your press release or article, don’t hesitate to give me a call at (407) 788-1996 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be my pleasure to assist you. Looking forward to hearing from you, Jan Monahan Editor
Vindication! “Old” Opinion Stands By J. Scott Calkins, Esq. NCBVA Counsel A decade or more ago there was panic within the concrete burial vault industry regarding threatened litigation against several manufacturers and potential liability over their refusal to sell vaults to cemeteries, especially in South Carolina and Florida. Our industry was proud of its policy at the time, which was to support and sell our vaults exclusively to funeral homes. As Counsel for NCBVA, I was asked to research the issue. I subsequently rendered an opinion to the Board of Directors and membership that their policy was legal and sustainable in any litigation challenging it. In other words, a vault manufacturer (or any vendor) can choose an exclusive class of buyers (funeral homes) of its products and deny sales to those outside of such class. That was then. But now it is an accepted and apparently successful sales policy in
our industry (with few exceptions) to sell vaults to cemeteries as well as to funeral homes. R e c e n t l y Batesville Casket Company, with its vast in-house counsel team as well as Calkins outside law firm advice, announced that the change in their policy to “Ship To/ Bill To” will “reaffirm our long-standing commitment to licensed funeral directors as the most important resource for families and our one and only channel of distribution.” Thus Batesville today supports and vindicates my opinion a decade or so ago regarding the right of vault manufacturers to select and sell to an exclusive class of buyers (funeral homes). It’s not often that this humble country lawyer has an old opinion supported by one of the main players in the funeral industry.