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The Funeral Service Industry

In the past, death involved active participation from the community, with deaths occurring mostly at home.

However, in today’s society, most people die in hospitals and nursing homes and the deceased are transferred directly to the funeral director’s mortuary with limited involvement from the bereaved family and community. Since the 1960’s, the funeral service industry has shifted from a traditional community base to an industry monopoly. As a consequence, bereaved families or communities are left with the difficult task of planning and organising a funeral with a funeral business they know little about, but who have a loved one in their care.

The funeral industry consists of four broad sectors:

  • Funeral directing
  • Cemetery and crematorium operations
  • Coffin and casket manufacture
  • Monumental stonemasonry

Third party services (separate from those of funeral directors) include advertising, flowers, stationery, death certificates and the services of stonemasons, celebrants and clergy.

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Peter Erceg is the Owner and Founder of eziFunerals. He has had a long history within the funeral industry, and is a published author of ‘What Kind Of Funeral: A self help guide to planning a meaningful funeral’. Prior to eziFunerals, Peter worked in the public sector and health industry for more than 30 years. The views and opinions expressed on posts are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of eziFunerals and members.

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