Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Service Corporation International and Stewart Enterprises, Inc.; File No. 131-0163
As a senior citizen and member of the Jewish community of the Greater Washington, DC region, I express my concern about the proposed consent agreement. I join many friends and colleagues in the discomfort that this consent agreement will result in a monopoly for the provider of funeral services to the Jewish community. The stress of funeral costs on American society in general is well known. In our local Jewish community this stress has been controlled effectively by having multiple providers, including Hines-Rinaldi funeral Home, resulting in manageable financial burdens for funerals. Under the proposed agreement a virtual monopoly will be created, and our community will have no real protection from potentially predatory practices for funeral costs. i hope that my comment, along with many other expressions of concern from our community, will move you to prevent a disservice provide an essential need.