The Funeral Industry

GUESTS: Karen Leonard Research Assistant for Jessica Mitford Author of The American Way of Death [Knopf, 1963] and The AmericanWay of Death Revisited [Knopf, 1998] Executive Director of Redwood Funeral Society, a consumer, non-profit organization in California Ron Hast Publisher, Mortuary Management magazine andFuneral Monitor newsletter Licensed funeral director Owner of a funeral home The death of a loved one can be a tragic and grief-ridden experience. In a time of extreme vulnerability, families often face emotionally charged decisions about how to honor their loved one. But for those in the death care industry, dying is a business, and each passing represents a financial transaction.

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