Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Service Corporation International and Stewart Enterprises, Inc.; File No. 131-0163 #00076

Submission Number:
00076
Commenter:
Elaine Avner
State:
Maryland
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Service Corporation International and Stewart Enterprises, Inc.; File No. 131-0163
As a consumer who is closer to the grave everday, and a member of the Jewish community of the Washington area, I am requesting that the FTC reconsider its position on the Stewart-SCI merger. In particular, I appreciate that there was the decision to leave one funeral home available to the community. Unfortunately, it is the wrong one. Sagel is a declining business with incomplete and inferior facilites for the preparation of the deceased. The Jewish Funeral Practices Committe has worked with Hines Rinaldi for over 11 years. They have proved to be an excellent provider and partner with this service. For our community it is essential that we have a funeral home that will permit us to prepare the deceased for burial while adhering to the customs of a Jewish funeral at a reasonable cost.