I am happy this legislation is being proposed. There really needs to be more regulation. The actions of some dishonest cemeteries really give the death care business a bad name.
Tallahassee, FL (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
Bevis is a family owned death care provider established in 1964 and operates out of Tallahassee, Crawfordville, and Bristol, Florida. The company provides families with cremation and burial services to help them through the difficult time that follows the loss of a loved one. Bevis feels that large, corporate-driven cemetery companies are bringing the death care industry down, which is the reason the company supports new legislation creating a "Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights."
"I am happy this legislation is being proposed. There really needs to be more regulation. The actions of some dishonest cemeteries really give the death care business a bad name," states Tholley Taylor of Bevis Funeral Home. This legislation, introduced on March 3, 2012 by Bobby Rush, D-IL, would create new standards and regulations for the cemetery industry to follow. Currently, funeral homes have regulations on the books to protect the bereaved, but cemeteries do not. This discrepancy has led to many reported incidents of cemeteries taking advantage of consumers.
These incidents are so widespread, the television program 60 Minutes aired an episode on May 20, 2012 investigating the controversial subject. Corresponding reporters found numerous cases in which disreputable cemeteries misrepresented their clients' legal rights, leading to financial exploitation. A single national corporation owns many of these cemeteries; Bevis feels that, as a result of this company's fraudulent and exploitative practices, the death care industry as a whole has been blemished.
The proposed legislation would force cemeteries to adhere to the same rules and regulations currently applied to funeral homes. Some of the changes would bar cemeteries from forcing families to buy whole funeral packages, instead allowing them to choose item by item according to need. Cemeteries would also be forced to allow consumers to purchase grave markers, monuments, and vaults from other vendors. The bill would also require cemeteries to disclose these new regulations before the consumer purchases anything from them.
Bevis Funeral Home and Crematory was established in 1964 to provide affordable cremation and burial services. Bevis Funeral Home and Crematory is the top provider of affordable burial and cremation options in the Tallahassee area. Bevis invites families to call 850-385-2193 for accurate and honest guidance and answers for their death care needs. There website is located at http://www.bevisfh.com.