What makes the The Catholic Burial
Society different from a traditional funeral home?
CBS focuses on a life well lived, while most
funeral homes concentrate on dealing with a death that
has occurred. A funeral home sells a service with merchandise,
while our Traditional Plan is a program to serve a family's
needs now or in the future. CBS
is an advocate for its members rather than being a product
Why doesn't CBS make available more elaborate
and expensive offerings?
is not in competition with your local funeral home. Families
who desire an expensive funeral are well served by the
local mortuary. For extravagances such as a two day viewing,
limousines, excessive floral arrangements, expensive caskets
and vaults, etc., we would not be your best choice.
Our credo is not merely a slogan
and Respect, Simplicity and Economy -- is our promise
to serve our members.
Our family has always used the
same funeral home. Why should we call
Families usually do not see themselves as typical savvy
consumers when purchasing funerals or cremations. Calling
CBS for a free consultation simply allows
you to hear about choices that can be made that you may
consider favorable and preferable.
most families have to phone a funeral home, usually they
don't have a personal relationship with the owner or manager.
They are simply calling into a building. Also it is very
possible that the funeral home you have used in the past
is now owned by an acquisition funeral group or under
new management with new commercial responsibilities.
is not a location or a building. We are caring people
who want to make a difference to our members' lives.
can CBS offer such
a high quality service at a fraction of the typical cost?
Funeral homes have very high fixed overheads. Viewing
rooms, parking lots, morgue facilities and show rooms
at elegant properties set in attractive areas cost large
sums. Light, heat, insurance, salaries, benefits, taxes
must all be paid, along with maintaining hearses, limousines,
flower cars and the like. CBS
does not carry the financial burden of a funeral home
and has none of these expenses. Our affiliated funeral
homes and licensed funeral directors work on a contract
fee per assignment making our fixed overheads negligible.
our contracts and services must not be considered 'cheap'.
It is our industry knowledge, inherent savings and buying
power that makes our prices fair and reasonable.
Why are so many people choosing cremation?
Cremation must be explained in terms of being a method
of disposition, much like an earth burial or entombment.
offers a wide range of services from immediate cremation
with or without memorial mass, to a complete service accompanied
by cremation. There are many reasons why people choose
cremation ranging from cost issues to arguments of ecology
and land usage. Our counselors exist to explain all of
the options available to our member families. We live
in a new society ever more mobile, educated and consumer
savvy. Our obligation is to inform members of every
consideration so that the wisest choices can be made.