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Funeral Co-op Members' Characteristics and Motives
Robert Sommer, Katherine Hess and Sandra Nelson
Vol. 28, No. 4 (Oct., 1985), pp. 487-500
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1389230
Page Count: 14
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Memorial societies are movement organizations of the consumer cooperative movement concerned with funeral and death issues. A member survey in four California memorial societies disclosed that the typical member was a retired individual in his or her sixties, with a spouse in the same age range, Anglo, and college educated. The main reasons for joining the society were a desire to obtain a simple inexpensive funeral and reduce responsibilities for survivors. The contributions of memorial societies in consumer education, protection, and reform of the funeral industry are discussed.
Sociological Perspectives © 1985 Sage Publications, Inc.