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
Charlotte Yensen Photo

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.


Friday, May 21st, 2010

Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers along with a handful of local St. Petersburg, Fla., businesses, is working to highlight the importance of proper flag retirement this Memorial Day weekend—allowing the general public to discard worn or tattered flags in the respectable manner in which they deserve.  According to the United States Code– Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 8: “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.”

Anderson-McQueen is proud to provide a flag retirement service for the Tampa Bay area.  Flag retirement boxes used to collect flags that have reached the end of their service will be cremated in accordance with federal guidelines courtesy of Anderson-McQueen. Those ashes will then be placed at the soon-to-be-completed veteran’s memorial located at their Northeast St. Petersburg location.

“It is so very important that we give this, the emblem of freedom and sacrifice the honor that it deserves, especially on Memorial Day,” says John McQueen of Anderson-McQueen.  “We hope that through this initiative we can not only educate our community as to the importance of proper flag disposal but also provide them with a convenient and easy way to do so.”

Permanent St. Petersburg drop off locations include:

  • Mariner’s Car Wash  at 3338 4th Street, North
  • Ace Hardware – at 2739 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Street, North
  • Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Center locations:

Northeast St. Petersburg Family Tribute Center
2201 Dr. M.L. King Street North
St. Petersburg FL 33704
Telephone: (727) 822-2059

Tyrone Family Tribute Center
7820 38th Avenue North
St. Petersburg FL 33710
Telephone: (727) 347-6636

Special Memorial week drop off locations begins on May 24 through June 3 include:

  • Publix  in the Northeast Shopping Center – 200 37th Avenue,  North
  • Northeast Presbyterian Church – at  4400 Shore Acres Boulevard NE
Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Anderson-McQueen Family Tribute Centers is named top sponsor at St. Petersburg High School’s Relay for Life event May  14 – 15, 2010. A total of 19 teams are participating that include the Social Security Administration and The Sembler Company. Over 200 participants have raised over $12,000 in efforts to fight cancer.

“We are honored to take part in this global phenomenon and raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer”, said John McQueen, vice-president and COO of Anderson-McQueen.

“The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in the community a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease”, said Angela McAuley, Suncoast Area Executive Director for the American Cancer Society, Florida Division.  “We are very grateful for Anderson-McQueen to support such a worthy cause”.

The opening ceremony will include the traditional survivors lap and will continue on into the evening with the luminary ceremony.  The event theme is reality television shows. All the participants will be decorating their camps and participating in activities relating to such shows as Survivor, Top Chef, American Idol and Dancing with the Stars.

Event is open to the public:

May 14 – 15, 2010

St. Petersburg High School

2501 5th Avenue North, St Petersburg, FL 33713

Walk begins at 6:00pm

National Pet Week May 2 – 8, 2010
Thursday, May 6th, 2010

It’s National Pet Week!

This year’s theme to promote the importance of exercise for people and pets. To help you and your dog get some exercise, get outside and enjoy some local parks.

St. Petersburg dog park locations:

  • North Shore Dog Park: 7th Avenue and North Shore Dr. NE
  • Lake Vista Dog Park: 1401 62nd Ave. S.
  • Walter Fuller Dog Park: 7901 30th Ave. N.
  • Crescent Lake Dog Park: 1320 5th St. N.
  • Coquina key Dog Park: 3595 Locust St. SE
  • Kenwood Dog Park: 401 20th Street N.

National Pet week was founded in 1981 by the American Veterinary Medical Association and Auxiliary, with the goals of promoting responsible pet ownership, celebrating the human-animal bond, and promoting public awareness of veterinary medicine.

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