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Document 4

MORTUARY PRICE COMPARISONS (Prices of mid-1995 and 1996)


ALL MEDIA SHOULD CONDUCT PRICE SURVEYS IN THEIR AREAS EVERY YEAR.
(Media and other groups can contact our IFIC for specially-designed survey sheets to ensure accuracy.)


SAMPLES OF LOW AND HIGH PRICES IN THE PHOENIX AREA
Mortuaries listed in order of *LOWEST TOTAL PRICE for Complete "Traditional" Funeral
and lowest-priced Metal Casket offered in three or more colors. (See details below.)
("4c" means mortuary offers CHOICE of FOUR exterior casket colors at price listed.)
(See explanation of "Traditional" and "Direct Cremation" at bottom of the chart.)
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#                    |         |         |        |          |         |          #
#                    |    1    |    2    | +  3   | =  *     |         |          #
#                    | Lowest- | Lowest- |COMPLETE|  TOTAL   |  Direct |Forwarding#
#      MORTUARY      |  price  |  price  | FUNERAL|   for    |CREMATION|/Receiving#
#      (initials     |  METAL  |  METAL  |SERVICES| Casket & |  (all   |  of body #
#      of chain,     | CASKETS |Choice of|        | Services |mortuary,|  to/from #
#      if owned      |         |3 or more|"Tradi- |          |crematory|  another #
#       by one)      |Wholesale| colors. | tional"| Total of | charges)|   area.  #
#                    |  $245   |Wholesale|services|cols.2 + 3|         |          #
#                    |         |  $275   |        |          |         |          #
###################################################################################
# REASONABLE PRICES->| 1-Color |3 colors+|Services|= *TOTAL  |Cremation|F:$400-650#
#1.5 to 2-TIMES whse.| 368-490 | 413-550 |800-1200| 1550-2200| 395-550 |R: 300-500#
###################################################################################
| Eduardo's Caskets  |         |         (Sells caskets 10-percent over wholesale |
|   Phoenix, AZ      | 2-colors| 6-colors|  to any U.S. family, sent to mortuary.)|
|   (602) 966-9676   |  $ 266  |  $ 300  |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Crystal Rose Mort. | 2-colors| 4-colors|Services|  *TOTAL  |         |          |
|   Phoenix, AZ      |  $425   |  $450   | +$1120 | = $1570  |  $680   |$ 600/450 |
|   (602) 936-3637   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Botimer Mortuary   |  4-cols |    4c   |        |          |         |          |
|   Phoenix, AZ      |   300   |   300   | + 1295 | = 1595   |   400   |  775/725 |
|   (602) 243-3961   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| Buckeye Mortuary   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|  Buckeye,AZ (rural)|   895   |   995   | +  895 | = 1850   |   695   |  785/690 |
|   (602) 386-4812   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|Chapel of Chimes(SCI)         |         |        |          |         |          |
|   Phoenix, AZ      |  1359   |  2095   | + 2535 | = 4630   |  1533   | 1330/885 |
|   (602) 937-9297   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Samples of MORTUARIES WHICH DELIVER CASKETS AT LOW RETAIL PRICES to families.
They deliver the caskets to the mortuaries which families select for the funerals.
###################################################################################
#     MORTUARIES     | 1-color |3-colors+|Services|-> TOTAL  |Cremation|F:$400-650#
#   VARIOUS STATES   | 368-490 | 413-550 |800-1200| 1550-2200| 395-550 |R:$300-500#
###################################################################################
|                    |         |         |        |          |         |          |
| CUNNINGHAM'S       |      (Sells caskets $200 over wholesale to any families in |
|  AFFORDABLE F.Serv.|       Bay Area/Central Valley, delivers to mortuary family |
|   Livermore, CA    |       chooses. Example: $700 for $500-wholesale casket for |
|   (510) 447-1000   |       which other mortuaries charge up to $3000 or more.)  |
| (Scatters cremains |    2c   |4 colors |Services|  TOTAL   |         |          |
|   at sea for $40.) | $ 460   | $ 460   |+ $1100 |= $1560   |  $545   |$695/ 545 |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| AFFORDABLE F.Serv. |    4c   |    4c   |        |          |         |          |
|   Vienna, VA       |   550   |   550   | + 1250 | = 1800   |   665   |1035/ 900 |
|   (800) 839-6199   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|                    |     (Sells caskets $200 over wholesale to any U.S. family, |
| C.A. HOWARD F.Home |      delivered to mortuary same day. Has Page and photos   |
|   Norfolk, VA      |    4c   |    4c   |        |          |        on the Web. |
|   (804) 627-7914   |   440   |   440   | + 1435 | = 1875   |   450   |1030/ 725 |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
| KRIEGHAUSER F.Serv.|    2c   |    4c   |        |          |         |          |
|   St. Louis, MO    |   630   |   874   | + 1480 | = 2354   |   650   |1235/1040 |
|   (314) 962-0601   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
|  More mortuaries   |         |         |        |          |         |          |
|    to be added.    |         |         |        |          |         |          |
###################################################################################



HOUSTON AREA PRICE SURVEY -- 1996
Survey completed early 1996 by our IFIC for KPRC-TV, Houston; offered to viewers free.
The IFIC Basic Advice sent to Houston viewers will be added to this site shortly.
IFIC Basic Advice and Information sent to Phoenix viewers is in Document 12 now.
"" means mortuary agrees to follow IFIC Consumer Protection Guidelines listed below.
Mortuaries are listed in order of *LOWEST TOTAL PRICE for a Complete "Traditional" Funeral
and their lowest-priced Metal Casket offered in three or more colors. (See details below.)
"-": Some mortuaries didn't give casket and service prices over phone, although required by law.
Not all mortuaries were surveyed for their shipping charges, so only a few samples are shown.
Retail casket stores: Federal law requires mortuaries to accept caskets families construct or buy
elsewhere, as from the dealers at top of the list, which deliver to mortuary selected by family.
#################################|###############################|#####################
#                      |         |          |         |          |         |          #
#                      |    1    |     2    | +  3    | =  *     |         |          #
#                      | Lowest- |  Lowest- | COMPLETE| * TOTAL  |  Direct | SHIPPING #
#       MORTUARY       |  price  |   price  | FUNERAL |   for    |CREMATION|Forwarding#
#                      |  METAL  |   METAL  | SERVICES| Casket & |  (all   |/Receiving#
#   (Chain owner in    | CASKETS | Choice of|         | Services |mortuary,|  of body #
#     parenthesis)     |         | 3 or more| "Tradi- |          |crematory|  to/from #
#                      |Wholesale|  colors. | tional" | Total of | charges)|  another #
#                      |  $245   | Wholesale| service |cols.2 + 3|         |   area.  #
#                      |         |   $275   |         |          |         |          #
#######################################################################################
#                      | 1-Color | 3 colors |+Services|= *TOTAL  |Cremation|F:$400-650#
# REASONABLE PRICES--> | $368-490| $413-550 |$800-1200|$1550-2200| 395-550 |R: 300-500#
#######################################################################################
# Quality Casket,Houston $ 595   |  $ 595   |(590-6111 Delivered to mortuary same day)#
# Eagle Caskets,Houston|  1000   |   1000   |(893-7996 Delivered to mortuary same day)#
# Consumer Casket USA  |   475   |    475   |(1-800-611-8778 Color catalog. See below)#
#----------------------|---------|----------|-----------------------------------------#
#  Community Chapel FH| $ 895   |  $ 895   |+ $ 600  |= $1495   |  $ 450  |$ 825/545 #
# Metropolitan FH      |   695   |    695   |    870  |   1565   |    595  |          #
# Clay & Clay Funerals |   485   |    485   |   1400  |   1885   |   1162  |  585/575 #
#  ClairBros.-Hillcrof|   595   |    595   |   1295  |   1890   |    595  |  585/575 #
# Wallace Funeral Home |    -    |     -    |    --   |   1900   |    670  |          #
#-- TOTAL $2000 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
#  Angeles Funeral H  |   895   |    895   | +  995  | = 1885   |    695  |  685/335 #
# Jimmie Pruitt FH     |  1085   |   1085   |    966  |   2071   |    685  |          #
# Sacred Hope FH       |   690   |    840   |   1260  |   2100   |    730  |          #
# Kashmere Gardens FH  |    -    |     -    |    --   |   2200   |    790  |          #
# Fondel Mem. Chapel   |   669   |    669   |   1600  |   2269   |   1020  |          #
#  Eternal Rest FH    |  1015   |   1015   |   1285  |   2300   |    885  |          #
# Frazier-Mitchell     |   695   |    695   |   1700  |   2395   |    850  |          #
# Pruitt FH -Main St.  |  1200   |   1200   | + 1225  | = 2425   |   2799  |          #
# Duncan Funeral Home  |    -    |     -    |    --   |   2470   |    750  |          #
# Gooden Funeral Home  |   900   |    900   |   1590  |   2490   |    600  |          #
# Grimes Funeral Home  |    -    |     -    |    --   |   2495   |    975  |          #
# St. Matthew's Mort.  |    -    |     -    |    --   |   2500   |    995  |          #
# McDuffie's Mortuary  |    -    |     -    |    --   |   2525   |    895  |          #
# Hilliard Funeral H   |   825   |   1150   |   1470  |   2620   |     ?   |          #
#-- TOTAL $2600 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
#  Aldine FuneralChap.|   995   |   1295   | + 1825  | = 2630   |    595  |          #
# McCoy & Harrison FH  |   680   |    800   |   1895  |   2695   |   1200  |          #
# Third Ward Mortuary  |   750   |    750   |   1950  |   2700   |   1300  |          #
# Bill Clair/Fairchild |   850   |    850   |   1895  |   2745   |    475  |          #
# Universal Funeral H  |   755   |    755   |   2005  |   2760   |    650  |          #
# Cristo Rey FH        |  1000   |     -    |   1777  |   2777   |    750  |          #
# Trevino & Sons FH    |  1120   |   1120   |   1675  |   2795   |   2015  |          #
# Lockwood Funeral H   |    -    |     -    |    --   |   2805   |   1030  |          #
# Froberg Funeral Home |   985   |   1495   | + 1325  | = 2835   |    750  |          #
#  Sam Garza Funl H   |   995   |    995   |   1880  |   2875   |    650  |          #
# Carter Funeral Home  |  1095   |   1095   |   1800  |   2895   |    695  |          #
# Ruffin Funeral Home  |   800   |    800   |   2095  |   2895   |    980+C|          #
# Waddell's Chapel     |  1100   |   1100   |   1800  |   2900   |    750  |          #
# Riverside FH         |  1100   |   1100   |   1800  |   2900   |    750  |          #
# Jackson Funeral Home |   904   |    904   |   2040  |   2944   |   1225  |          #
#-- TOTAL $3000 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
# Hernandez Funeral H  |  1500   |   1895   | + 1200  | = 3095   |    750  |          #
# Collins Funeral H    |  1500   |   1500   |   1600  |   3100   |    850  |          #
# Evans Mortuary       |  1102   |   1209   |   1900  |   3109   |   1240  |          #
# Serenity Mortuary    |  1450   |   1450   |   1708  |   3158   |    825  |          #
# Citizens-Turner FH   |  2000   |   2000   |   1295  |   3295   |    895  |          #
# National Funeral H   |  1240   |   1995   |   1400  |   3395   |    595  |          #
# La Porte Funeral H   |   923   |   1214   | + 2185  | = 3399   |   1380  |          #
# Santana FH -Katy     |   995   |    995   |   2455  |   3450   |    645  |          #
# Santana -Garcia Dr.  |   995   |    995   |   2455  |   3450   |    645  |          #
# Guillen FH -Broad.   |   995   |   1595   |   1880  |   3475   |    695  |          #
# Guillen Heritage     |   995   |   1595   |   1880  |   3475   |    695  |          #
# Johnson FH -Calhoun  |    -    |     -    |    --   |   3600   |   1000  |          #
# Johnson -Clark St.   |    -    |     -    |    --   |   3600   |   1000  |          #
#-- TOTAL $3600 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
# HoustonMem./Griffin  |   981   |   1095   | + 2525  | = 3620   |   1295  |          #
# James Crowder FH     |  1089   |   1300   |   2450  |   3750   |   1300  |          #
# Hyde Park FH         |  1025   |   1495   |   2775  |   3800   |   1080  |          #
# RosewoodFH/Cem -Humb.|  1295   |   1295   |   2600  |   3895   |   1755  |          #
# Rosewood FH -Commun. |  1295   |   1295   |   2600  |   3895   |   1755  |          #
# Paradise Funeral H   |  1070   |   1070   |   2880  |   3950   |    935  |          #
# Pruitt FH -ScottSt.  |  1995   |   1995   |   1995  |   3990   |    950  |          #
# Calvary Hill FH/Cem. |   995   |   1995   | + 1980  | = 3975   |   1090  |          #
# Thomas Mortuary      |  1100   |   1100   |   2875  |   3975   |    475  |          #
# Jack Fields FH       |  1295   |   1295   |   2725  |   4020   |   1855  |          #
# Woodforest, Uvalde   |  1495   |   1895   |   2125  |   4020   |    695  |  895/975 #
# Woodforest, Uvalde   |  1495   |   1895   |   2125  |   4020   |    695  |  895/975 #
# David Funeral Home   |  1175   |   1175   |   2875  |   4050   |   1730  | 1525/1175#
# Cremation Serv.Intl. |  1578   |   1675   |   3215  |   4065   |    895  |          #
#-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
#################################|###############################|#####################
#  MORTUARIES cont'd   |  --Metal Casket--  | Tradit. |    *     |  Direct | Shipping #
#(Owner in parenthesis)| 1-color | 3-colors |+Services| = TOTAL  |Cremation|F:$400-650#
# REASONABLE PRICES--> | $368-490| $413-550 |$800-1200|$1550-2200| $395-550|R:$300-500#
#######################|#########|##########|#########|##########|#########|###########
#-- TOTAL $4100 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
# Carl Barnes FH       |   750   |   1395   | + 2750  | = 4145   |   1000  |          #
# Collins & Johnson    |  1046   |   1046   |   3106  |   4152   |   1245  |          #
# Canon FH, Waller     |  1100   |   1770   |   2400  |   4170   |   1500  |          #
# Medical Ctr.Cremation|  1295   |   1295   |   2992  |   4287   |    650  |          #
# Earthman DnTn(Loewen)|  1850   |   1850   |   2495  |   4345   |   2045  |          #
# EM EastEnd (Loewen)  |  1850   |   1850   |   2495  |   4345   |   2045  |          #
# EM Northside (Loewen)|  1850   |   1850   |   2495  |   4345   |   2045  |          #
# Veterans F Service   |  1550   |   1500   |   2900  |   4400   |    895  |          #
# Bellaire SW FH (SCI) |  1775   |   1995   | + 2430  | = 4425   |   2099  |          #
# Crespo -Nav.(Stewart)|  1295   |   1995   |   2500  |   4495   |    888  |          #
# Crespo -Tid.(Stewart)|  1295   |   1995   |   2500  |   4495   |    888  |          #
# Brookside FH         |  1050   |   1750   |   2810  |   4560   |   1560  |          #
# Rowe FH -League      |  1595   |   2595   |   2990  |   4585   |   2200  |          #
# Schmidt FH -Katy     |  1890   |   1890   |   2750  |   4640   |   1720  |          #
# Felix Morales FH     |  1075   |   1895   |   2815  |   4710   |   1075+C|          #
# Freeport-Lakewood    |  1295   |   2295   |   2595  |   4890   |   1645  |          #
#-- TOTAL $5000 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
# Deer Park FH         |  1695   |   2450   | + 2595  | = 5045   |    625  |          #
# Davis-Greenlawn      |  2495   |   3095   |   2095  |   5190   |   1250+C|          #
# Howard-Glendale (SCI)|  1595   |   2599   |   2675  |   5274   |   2500  |          #
# San Jacinto Mem.     |  1525   |   2095   |   3190  |   5285   |   1940  |          #
# Pasadena Fnl H       |  1550   |   1995   |   3295  |   5290   |   2240  |          #
# Winford Funeral H    |  1345   |   2650   |   2695  |   5345   |   2495  |          #
# Ross Mortuary        |   895   |   3195   |   2235  |   5430   |    935+C|          #
# Metcalf, Conroe (SCI)|  1695   |   2700   |   2785  |   5485   |   2145  |          #
# Geo.Lewis, Cham (SCI)|  1495   |   2295   |   3160  |   5455   |   2065  |          #
# Garmany&Carden -Rich |  1760   |   3460   | + 2195  | = 5655   |   2000  |          #
# Garmany&Carden -Ros  |  1760   |   3460   |   2195  |   5655   |   2000  |          #
# Oak Park Funeral H   |  1875   |   2570   |   3095  |   5665   |    ?    |          #
# EarthmanAlief(Loewen)|  1997   |   3445   |   2495  |   5940   |   1445  |          #
# EM Bellaire (Loewen) |  2295   |   2295   |   3695  |   5990   |   2745  |          #
# EM Fort Bend (Loewen)|  2295   |   2295   |   3695  |   5990   |   2745  |          #
# EM Rest Haven(Loewen)|  2295   |   2295   |   3695  |   5990   |   2745  |          #
# EM HuntCreek (Loewen)|  2295   |   2295   |   3695  |   5990   |   2745  |          #
# Martin-Carden FH     |  1760   |   3800   |   2195  |   5995   |   1760  |          #
#-- TOTAL $6000 ----------------------------------------------------------------------#
# Woodlawn FH -Katy    |  1995   |   2575   | + 3550  | = 6125   |   1305  |          #
# Levy FuneralHome(SCI)|  2150   |   2788   |   3419  |   6207   |   1800  |          #
# Forest Park East(SCI)|  1585   |   2645   |   3593  |   6238   |   2862  |          #
# Klein Funeral Home   |  1525   |   2950   |   3350  |   6300   |   2005  |          #
# Crespo FnlH (Stewart)|  1825   |   2975   | + 3395  | = 6370   |   2470  |          #
# Colonial Fnl H (SCI) |  1853   |   2875   |   3605  |   6480   |   2685  |          #
# SouthPark Fnl H      |  1295   |   2995   |   3500  |   6495   |   2805  |          #
# Heights Fnl H (SCI)  |  1595   |   3287   |   3357  |   6644   |   1965  |          #
#-- TOTAL $7000-$10,000 --------------------------------------------------------------#
# ForestPkWestheim(SCI)|  2298   |   2598   | + 4422  | = 7020   |   2882  |          #
# Waltrip Fnl H (SCI   |  2125   |   3075   |   4058  |   7133   |   2228  |          #
# Settegast-Kopf (SCI) |  2250   |   3291   |   3870  |   7161   |   2699  |          #
# Memorial Oaks (SCI)  |  2387   |   3635   | + 3960  | = 7595   |   2225  | 2525/2140#
# Forest Park Lawn(SCI)|  2069   |   3732   |   4575  |   8307   |   3410  | 2545/2150#
# Setteg-K Kirby (SCI) |  2995   |   4550   |   3870  |   8420   |   3795  | 1455/2005#
# Geo. Lewis FH (SCI)  |  2895   |   5895   |   4015  |   9910   |   3985  |          #
#                      |         |          |         |          |         |          #
#######################################################################################
#                                                                                     #
# Houston Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) helps families obtain lower prices.        #
# FCA nat'l office 1-800-765-0107. Advice & phones of 140 U.S. non-profit FCA groups. #
# Funeral Shoppers, 357-0195. For small fee, advice on funerals, pre-pay plans, cems. #
# If any mortuary gives problem, call FTC (Federal Trade Commission) 1-202-326-3128.  #
#                                                                                     #
#######################################################################################
The above information was on the 14" survey report sheet sent to viewers. The other side
contained Basic Advice and Information regarding reasonable prices, pre-pay plans, etc.




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