Friday, April 3, 2009

Recession's Grave Consequences

Lots of news articles on how the funeral industry is suffering in this economy - more people are opting for cremation and lowest-cost coffins and funerals. But none so fun to read as WAPO Dana Milbank's "Funeral Business Feeling Six Feet Under."

A few excerpts:

In case you've been dying for more bad news about the economy, here's a grave new indicator: Even the death industry is in a hole.

It was quite an undertaking, and it didn't work; apparently, funding funerals wasn't regarded as a spur to economic growth, because much of the benefit gets deep-sixed.

And it's not just the corpses that have to make do with less.

1 comment:

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