FDChat #15 – Raymond Aikens and African American Funerals

FDChat #15 – Raymond Aikens and African American Funerals

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Raymond Aikens and Nancy Burban discuss changes in funeral services and African American funeral professionals. Raymond is an adjunct professor of mortuary science at Malcolm X College in Chicago, is a second generation funeral director and has been a professional investment banker. They also talk about hospice, investing in your facilities and continually educating yourself and your staff.

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Show Notes

Contact Raymond Aikens:
Raymond on Facebook

Funeral Statistics and Facts
Beacham McDougald
Pub to open in funeral home
A.A. Rayner Funeral Home

Interview Excerpt:

Nancy Burban:  Also, I think, a lot of people are not carrying life insurance as a priority as they did years ago. Because if you're unemployed, you have to cut back on your expenses.

Raymond Aikens:  Yeah, and not only that, we're finding a higher incidents of loans outstanding on life insurance policies. I'm sure, again, that's just a reflection of a level of economic stress that's out there. A person comes in; they've got an insurance policy. You call to verify the status of the beneficiary and you also discover at the same time that there's a loan outstanding. There's not as much available relative to the face value.

Raymond Aikens Interview Transcript

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