Death in the Family
49 min • Society, Business & Technology • 2017
Dying is big business. In 2014, the United States funeral market was estimated to be worth $20bn. With an average of 1.5 million deaths a year and the number of Americans aged 60 and over expected to rise by 19 million by 2020, large corporations are taking over the funeral industry. For a long time, however, it was a family business, and no more so than for Blake Sifton.