April 13th, 2017

Anderson-McQueen Funeral Homes was in the news once more today for being the pioneer in the world of flameless cremation.  Eric Grundhauser with Atlas Obscura interviewed John McQueen, President & CEO, earlier this week on our revolutionary new process for cremation consumers.  We have included a brief portion of the article below as well as a link to the entire article. 

April 13, 2017

Bio-cremation techniques make burning the dead look old-fashioned. So what’s stopping people from choosing it?

From flaming Viking funeral boats to the efficient infernos of modern crematoriums, humans have a long history of using fire to dispose of our dead. But traditional cremation practices can produce a number of toxic emissions, including high levels of mercury. Today, some funeral homes are embracing an alternative from the exact opposite end of the elemental spectrum, by using water to “cremate” the deceased. Trigger warning: things are about to get clinical.

Technically called “alkaline hydrolysis,” the process of using nothing more than water, heat, and a small amount of chemicals to break down a body is also known as “bio-cremation,” “resomation,” or simply, “flameless cremation.”

“It was our firm that coined the term ‘flameless cremation,’” says John McQueen, president of Anderson/McQueen Funeral Homes in Florida. Anderson/McQueen was one of the first businesses in the world to provide the service commercially, in 2011, and they are still one of only a handful of outfits in the world that offer flameless cremation to the general public.

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January 3rd, 2017

Bailee McQueen:  [00:00] Welcome to season two of Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.”

John McQueen, President & CEO of Anderson-McQueen, featured here with the Bio-Cremation Unit

[00:05] I’m Bailee McQueen, your guest host for today, and as always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[00:13] Remember, if there is a specific topic you would like for us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s requests if at all possible.

[00:30] Our topic for today is the Greenest Way to Say Goodbye: Choosing Flameless Cremation. Our special guest today is John McQueen with Anderson‑McQueen, who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, John.

John McQueen:  [00:43] Thank you, Bailee, it’s a pleasure to be here with you today.

Bailee:  [00:46] It’s a pleasure to have you, thanks for making the flight out. John, we’ve got several questions for your today. First of all, the most important, what is flameless cremation?

John:  [00:55] That’s a great question, Bailee. Flameless cremation is a gentle, water‑based process that is even more environmentally friendly than our traditional flame cremation process.

[01:06] It offers all the same benefits and flexibility of traditional cremation, but by using a different technology that features a steadily circulating, warm water solution, which uses less energy and creates a smaller carbon footprint.

[01:22] Flameless cremation is really a great option for people who want to honor a loved one in a cleaner and greener way.

Bailee:  [01:29] That sounds very interesting, John. Is it true that Anderson‑McQueen was the first funeral home in Florida to introduce this new cremation process known as bio‑cremation?

John:  [01:41] Bailee, that is true, but actually, we were really the first funeral home in the world to introduce bio‑cremation. This new technology had never been used anywhere, and on a retail‑type basis, it had been used some medical schools for anatomical donation, but had never been used for the consumer. We were the first in the world to introduce this process.

Bailee:  [02:07] First in the world, that is amazing! What prompted Anderson‑McQueen to pursue this new technology?

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December 29th, 2016

Many families wonder if it is appropriate to bring their small children to the funeral services. At Anderson-McQueen we encourage you to bring your children to our services because like all grief specialists say, if a child is old enough to love their old enough to grieve. However, these children should do it in small doses.

At Anderson-McQueen, we have our Children’s Play Centers so that if children need to get away from the service for a while and just be kids they can do so. They can watch movies, play in the ball pit, write letters to heaven.

If you or your family are wondering about how to discuss grief with your child, please come visit us as we have plenty of resources available to you, or call us at 727-822-2059.

This has been an educational moment by Anderson-McQueen with host, Bailee McQueen.

June 15th, 2016
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Catherine “Cathy” Blackburn, Esquire Blackburn Law Firm, PLLC

John McQueen:  [00:01] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always on this show, we undertake those subjects that you want to know about.

[00:15] Remember, if there’s a specific topic you would like us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[00:34] Our topic today is “Life Plan Law.” Our special guest is Catherine Blackburn with Blackburn Law Firm, who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, Cathy.

Catherine Blackburn:  [00:48] Thank you. I’m happy to be here.

John:  [00:51] We’re excited to have you join us today and bring your much‑needed insights to our listeners on topics you refer to as life plan law. Before we jump into the topic, maybe you could take just a few moments to share with us a little background about yourself and Blackburn Law, as well as what drove you to become the leading authority on life plan law.

Catherine:  [01:16] Thank you, John. That’s an interesting story. I started my career as a pharmacist. I’m afraid I found that boring. I went to law school at Ohio State. I graduated and I practiced medical legal law for 30 years.

[01:37] I have to tell you, in those 30 years I saw over and over how traditional estate planning did not work very well for people when the unexpected happened. In 2012, I gave up medical legal work and I focused full‑time on life planning.

John:  [02:00] You mentioned that you saw how traditional estate planning didn’t work well for many families, and now you focus on the life law planning side of things. Tell us, what’s the difference? What makes life plan law different from estate planning?

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June 2nd, 2016
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Charlotte Yensen, President Long Term Care Solutions, LLC

John McQueen:  [00:02] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show, “Undertakings.” I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes. As always, on this show we undertake those subjects that you want to talk about.

[00:15] Remember if there’s a specific topic you would like us to talk about or if you have a question or would like us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to radio@andersonmcqueen.com. We always do our best to include everyone’s request if at all possible.

[00:35] Our topic for today is Medicaid qualifications in a nursing facility. Our special guest today is Charlotte Yensen with Long Term Care Solutions LLC who will help us in undertaking this worthy subject.

[00:49] Welcome, Charlotte.

Charlotte Yensen:  [00:51] Thank you very much.

John:  [00:52] It’s indeed a pleasure to have someone with your professional expertise here today to help our listeners navigate their way through the many long term care decisions for themselves or an aging parent. Before we get started though today, diving into the subject with all the nuts and bolts of long term care, why don’t we take just a minute and share without listeners a little bit about yourself and your company, Long Term Care Solutions.

Charlotte:  [01:17] Thank you very much and good morning. Thank you for having me on your show.

[01:21] Long Term Care Solutions, we are a Medicaid filing company. We assist individuals and family members of loved ones in a nursing facility understand what Medicaid is, how to qualify, how to preserve assets, and how to have Medicaid cover the expense of the nursing facility as opposed to spending down everything and losing everything financially.

John:  [01:48] Because I always hear about Medicaid spend down. This can take a little bit of a different approach then to it. Is that what I’m hearing?

Charlotte:  [01:59] Yes. There are many, many legal ways to preserve assets and qualify for Medicaid. Just so we all understand, there’s really three ways to pay for the nursing facility for a loved one. When someone goes in the facility, nursing homes are generally around $7,500 to $8,000 to $9,000 a month.

John:  [02:18] Wow.

Charlotte:  [02:18] As you can imagine, most people will spend down or lose everything within six months or a year or two years. There are many legal ways to protect assets and qualify for Medicaid. People just don’t realize that it’s available to them, but it absolutely is.

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