- Rise in the standard of living
- Rising mobility of people
- Growing centralization of government
- The decline of literacy
- The penetration of technology
- Changes in family life
- Changing patterns of religious belief
Significant Changes in American Life That have Occurred Since the Great Depression
The middle class.
Rise in the Standard of Living
A continuing exodus from rural to metropolitan areas with a resultant ______ of a much larger segment of the population. (Less Farming).
Within the country due to employment patterns.
An Increasing Mobility of People
With the role of goverment constantly expanding into the lives of people. (FTC, OSHA, ADA, EPA, etc.)
Growing Centralization of Government
And the rise in general education; two years beyond high school.
The Decline of Illiteracy
Into the work place and the home. T.V., computers, and other technology dispensing an incrediable amount of information to the consumer. Internet- change.
The Penetration of Technology
In terms of form and function of the family unit, specifically smaller family size whose members are less dependent on each other for survival. (Welfare funeral, divorce rates).
Certain Changes in Family Life
Including the rejection of Judeo-Christian traditions but still a concern for human relationships redefining death beliefs. (Possible rejection of the traditional funeral).
Certain changing Patterns of Religious Belief
Friends, neighbors, and relatives who prepared the dead for funeralization as a simple matter of community duty.
Family traditions and the rememberance of all the actions necessary to the occasion of a death of one of its members.
Missing in the Culture of Each Family
- Missing friends, neighbors, and relatives who prepared the dead for funeralization as a simple matter of community duty.
- Missing family traditions and the rememberance of all the actions necessary to the occasion of a death of one of its members.
A Dependence of the Funeral Service Licensee Became a Phenomenon due to This
The vast majority of deaths occur here. Usually health care related, away from the home. Most will die alone.
Institutions of Some Kind
Most calls come by telephone, very few walk-ins (Most walk-ins come if Funeral Home is near hospital).
From the standpoint of consumerism will be most important.
The Arrangement Conference in the Future
- Gathering vital statistics
- Arranging from religious, or non-religious humanistic, service.
- Arranging fro the disposition of the remains; interment, entombment, inurnment.
- Arranging for a death notice and/or obituaries in local newspapers.
- Determining what merchandise is to be used for the funeral; the casket, vault, burial garments, urns. etc..
- Determining transportation needs; rolling stock charges, and use of facilities charges.
- Determining what death benefits, federal or other the deceased was entitled to.
- Arriving at a professional service charges for preparation of the remains and funeral directing including all paperwork involved in funeralization.
- Use of facilities charge.
Areas Included in the Arrangement Conference:
For the death certificate and filing the certificate with the Board of Health and securing the burial and transit permit. Also obtaining enough certified copies of the death certificate.
Gathering Vital Statistics
Religious, or non-religious humanistic.
Arranging Type of Service
Interment, entombment, inurnment.
Arranging for Disposition of the Remains
And/or obituaries in local newspapers.
Arranging for Death Notice
The casket, vault, burial garments, etc..
Determining What Merchandise is to be Used for the Funeral
Rolling stock charges, and use of facilities charges.
Determining Transportation Needs
Federal or other the deceased was entitled to.
Determining what Death Benefits
Including all paperwork involved in funeralization.
Arriving at a Professional Service Charge for Preparation of the Remains and Funeral Directing
Use of ______ charge.
During the early days of the great depression (around 1929), funeral service billing changed from full itemization to:
Unit Pricing translated to mean "_____ ______," with the casket as the variable, this peaked during the late 1950's as other methods of funeral service pricing developed.
- Multi-unit or Full Itemization
- Bi-unit Pricing
- Single Unit Pricing
- Tri-unit Pricing
- Functional Pricing
Methods of Funeral Service Pricing that Developed in the Middle of the 20th Century (Around 1950):
A seperate charge for each major component of the funeral and also for items within one or more of the components. (Most traiditional form, FTC wanted to return to this system after 1984).
Multi-Unit or Full Itemization
A separate charge for each major component of the funeral and also for items within one or more of the components. (Most traidtional form, FTC wanted to return to this system after 1984) Historical method (oldest method).
Multi-Unit or Full Itemization