Cannibal Chefs & Beach Dogs | 4M #125

Funeral Industry News Morticians' Monday Morning Mashup February 12, 2024
4M 125

Cannibal Chefs & Beach Dogs | 4M #125

Welcome to the hundred-and-twenty-fifth edition of Morticians’ Monday Morning Mashup, 4M #125, where we’ll serve up bite-sized, easily-digestible nuggets of the deathcare news you need to crush conversations in the week ahead. Bon appetit!

It was a prank

An Idaho lawmaker is worried about the growing popularity (and “normalization”) of NOR — and the “possibility that people are eating other people” — that she’s calling for an expansion of a state law banning cannibalism. SIGH … there’s so much to unpack here … As it turns out, Idaho is the only state that has a law making cannibalism; Rep. Scott’s revisions would add a provision banning giving someone else “the flesh or blood of a human being” without that person’s “knowledge or consent.” Her concerns stemmed, it seems, from a TV clip “displaying a chef feeding human flesh in sausage to contestants.” A local reporter has discovered that the clip was from a prank show on TruTV, and the chef was only pretending to feed people flesh. 

Careful who you get your data from

A Connecticut woman who recently completed a round of chemotherapy was deeply disturbed when she started getting mailers from a cremation company. Her complaint to the state’s attorney general’s office led to an investigation and the discovery of a data broker who had sold a marketing lead list to the crematory. The AG has issued a “cure notice” (notice of violation) to the cremation services company. The case highlights the problematic issue of data brokers gleaning names for these lists using private biometric data, like current health treatments or issues.

Here are the real bad actors

It’s difficult to think of folks who happen to flub a phone call as “bad actors” when there are really horrible things happening in the profession, like these:

And now, some much-needed good news!

After that list, you deserve to hear just a few of the many, many incredible and beautiful things that are happening in the deathcare world: