On May 20, 2012, 60 Minutes, reported about improper conduct, dumping of human remains, mishandling records, and corruption at cemeteries owned by, Service Corp International, a company listed on the NYSE.
Denver residents may not be aware that this corporation also owns many locations in Denver: Olinger Crown Hill, Olinger Hampden, Olinger Highland Chapel, Olinger Eastlawn, Advantage Aurora Stevenson, and Trevino Funerals/Cremation, Moore Howard Chapel, Advantage Runyan, and Advantage Aurora Chase Chapel.
Bereaved families may think they are dealing with family businesses, but many of the funeral homes and cemeteries in Denver are actually owned by large corporations.
John Horan, owner of Horan and McConaty and Denver’s largest family owned funeral home, issued the following statement.
“We would like to express our deep condolences to all families whose deceased loved ones have experienced poor treatment at such cemeteries. During some of the most difficult and painful times of people’s lives, they need and deserve to be treated with integrity, genuine professionalism and compassion. We encourage families to choose a locally owned company with a reputation for honesty and quality. ”
Colorado is the only state without licensing or inspections of funeral homes or crematories. With unregulated and non-traditional sellers offering consumers many options for purchasing burial goods or services – consumers face risk.
“We encourage the public to ask who is caring for their family member, if the company is locally owned and operated, where their crematory is located and if the deceased ever leaves their care,” Horan stated.