District of Columbia
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Service Corporation International and Stewart Enterprises, Inc.; File No. 131-0163
There is a strong community priority and need that the divestiture for Stewart Enterprise to honor an appropriate measure of competition within the Washington markets is divestiture of Hines Rinaldi. For more than a decade Hines Rinaldi has provided congregations in the community - starting with Tifereth Israel - an option for a simple and traditional burial at an affordable price. It has been a source of comfort to the community at large and insured sensitivity at a time of great vulnerability. There is great concern that if Hines Rinaldi is integrated into Stewart Enterprises the community values that Hines-Rinaldi has championed will disappear. Exempting Hines-Rinaldi leaves a true community choice and value in place - one that is seriously threatened by the current proposed resolution.