The Basics About Funeral Homes

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Funeral Homes: The Place to Go for Funeral Services and Facilities

Funeral homes, or mortuaries, have the staff, facilities, and equipment necessary to help the family commemorate the life of the deceased. Here, the funeral director and staff handle all aspects of a traditional funeral.

Qualifications of Funeral Homes

Each funeral home is licensed by its State to provide funeral services. Funeral homes are also subject to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) regulations that govern the funeral industry.

Who Owns It?

Funeral homes today are either owned and operated by a family or a group of private individuals or they are owned and operated by a corporation such as Service Corporation International (SCI), StoneMor, or Carriage Services. These corporations (also known as consolidators) started buying up family owned funeral firms back in the 1980′s and 1990′s but the trend reversed a bit in the 2000′s when the consolidators found difficulty in operating these firms following large volume acquisitions.

(Click on Funeral Industry Regulations for more information.)

See related topics:

Funeral Services — Sources at a Glance
Funeral Directors
Cemeteries
Alternative Funeral Providers

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