The Greenest Way to Say Goodbye: Choosing Flameless Cremation
Tuesday, 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 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?


Medicaid Qualifications in a Nursing Facility
Thursday, 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 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.


Exploring the Right to Die Movement
Thursday, February 18th, 2016

John T. McQueen:  [0:02] Welcome to Anderson‑McQueen’s radio show Undertakings. I’m John McQueen, president and owner of Anderson‑McQueen Funeral Homes, and as always on this show, we “undertake” those subjects that you want to know about.

Compassion & Choices Marcia Bailey

Marcia Bailey of Compassion & Choices with John McQueen

[0:16] Remember, if there is a specific topic that you’d like us to talk about, or if you have a question you would like

for us to ask one of our upcoming guests, please email them to

[0:31] We always do our best to include everyone’s request, if at all possible.

[0:36] Our topic today is exploring the right to die movement. Our special guest today is Marcia Bailey. Marcia is with

Compassion & Choices, and she is the facilitator of the Clearwater Chapter, which is a Right to Die Advocacy group.

[0:55] Miss Bailey is a retired social worker, who trained staff at a nursing home, talked to patients and their families for hospice, served on the board of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and led a group for bereaved individuals at a mental health facility.

[1:12] We want to welcome Marcia here today. We know she will help us in undertaking this worthy subject. Welcome, Marcia.

Marcia Bailey:  [1:20] Thank you, John. Glad to be here.

John:  [1:22] We’re glad to have you. This is a topic that every family and every individual needs to think about, and help to get that word out there so that everybody has a better understanding of what the Right to Die Movement or Advocacy is all about.

[1:42] We know you’re going to do a great job today helping us understand a little bit better about that.

Marcia:  [1:47] Thanks. One of our leaders nationally says that everyone is only bad death away from being interested in our organization, because when you watch someone you love die horribly, then, you really care about this a lot.

John:  [2:03] Sure. If you don’t mind, why not share with us a little bit. As I stated, you’re an advocate for Compassion & Choices. What is Compassion & Choices? What does it do?

Marcia:  [2:16] Compassion & Choices wants people to plan what kind of a death they would like to have.


Pre-Planning: The Time is Now
Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

For most people, pre-planning a funeral is the last thing on their mind. However, regardless of whether you are young or old, pre-planning your funeral can be one of the greatest gifts that you give your family, saving them time, money and a great deal of stress.


When pre-planning a funeral there are many decisions to be made.  Do you want to be buried or cremated?  Do you want to have a visitation or gathering?  A funeral or memorial service?  Would you like a reception to follow?  How about a graveside service?  Our funeral directors can assist you in your decision-making process, and can explain many of the options we offer – including some you may not have thought of.  We can then keep your specific choices on file so that your family need only make one phone call and all arrangements will be in place.


Once the specific arrangements are chosen, the next decision you must make is whether you want to pay for the funeral in advance.  Although it is not essential to pre-planning, pre-funding a funeral certainly has its advantages.  Namely, pre-funding allows you to allocate money for goods and services that will be provided in the future.  If you choose to pre-fund your funeral, there are several ways to go about doing so.  You could pay the funeral home directly, or buy a dedicated life insurance policy.  Each option has pros and cons, and when trying to decide between them you should consider the potential taxes on the account, interest from the account, refund options, transferability in case of a move, and the option to change the funeral home designated to provide the service.


Pre-planning a funeral can be a huge relief to your family when they are faced with your death.  With that in mind, a funeral service that reflects your personal taste and style and does not burden your family is the logical capstone to a life well planned and well lived.  Please call or stop by anytime for information about our pre-planning options.  We offer free literature and a free consultation to answer all your questions.

Personalizing a Funeral With Music
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

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            There are a variety of ways to incorporate music into a funeral: you can have music playing while guests are entering prior to the service; you can set personal music to a DVD of still pictures of the deceased; you can even take breaks throughout the service to play different pieces of funeral music.  Regardless of how you choose to incorporate it into the funeral or memorial service, music – like all particulars of the funeral – should reflect the individual personality of the deceased.


            Finding the right songs for a funeral or memorial service is often a difficult task, because most families are in shock or are overwhelmed by the need to make other final arrangements.  However, there are some basic concepts you can follow to make the process of selecting funeral music go more smoothly. 


                First of all, in order to provide funeral music that will reveal the taste and personality of the person you wish to honor, look to that person’s music collection. You will undoubtedly find clues as to the type of music the deceased most enjoyed, and even particular albums, tapes, or CDs by specific artists.  In some instances, the deceased has left instructions, either verbal or written, to play a song that was important to them in their lives.  In that case, a close family member or friend will likely understand and be able to share the relevance of that song with others gathering to mourn the loss of the deceased. 


               If no such instructions were left, then you should think about your ultimate goal in choosing a piece of music for the funeral.  Are you trying to soothe or inspire those present?  Are you trying to conjure up specific memories of the deceased?  Do you simply want to provide a general representation of the deceased’s personality?   Asking these questions should help you in the process of selecting the perfect music for the funeral or memorial service.


            Funeral music can provide mourners with a powerful and important opportunity to reflect, share their grief, and create a new and final memory that can be drawn upon in the potentially difficult and sad times ahead.  So, although it may seem difficult at first, selecting the right funeral music will be well worth the time and effort, as it will inevitably benefit all who attend the service.

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