Houston is home to many great companies. Among them is Service Corporation International and its brand, Dignity Memorial®, North America’s leading provider of funeral, cemetery and cremation services. With more than 1,900 locations in the U.S. and Canada, the company is the premier provider of compassionate services to those who have lost loved ones. A new partnership between the Houston Police Officers’ Union (HPOU) and Dignity Memorial allows the union’s 5,300 members and their extended family savings on funeral, cremation and cemetery products and services.
“It’s a benefit intended to express gratitude to the officers in our community,” says Chris Sasso, assistant vice president of Corporate Alliances for Service Corporation International, the parent company of Dignity Memorial. “We want to help make their celebration of life, sacrifice and service more meaningful.”
Benefits for active-duty officers, retired officers and their families
Though Dignity Memorial has always provided complimentary funeral and burial services for those who pass away in the line-of-duty, this is the first time it has offered significant savings on funeral, cemetery and cremation services for all HPOU members present and past, whether purchased in advance or at the time of need. The benefits include:
- 20 percent savings on funeral and cremation services and products
- 20 percent savings on cemetery interment rights, products and services
- National transferability on prearranged services within the Dignity Memorial network
- Bereavement travel assistance for out-of-town family and friends
- Access to the Compassion Helpline® for grief counseling for up to 13 months
Eligible family members include spouse or domestic partner, children (natural, adopted or stepchildren), parents, grandparents and great-grandparents of both the member and their spouse or domestic partner.
“Houston police officers work hard for us every day,” Sasso says. “Our company has served them for years with a line-of-duty benefit. This new benefit to officers and their families allows us to reciprocate in a small way.”
Planning ahead is a loving thing to do
HPOU Executive Director Ray Hunt has already used the benefit to plan his funeral. “No one wants to talk about death,” he says, “but it’s going to come to all of us at some point. To have a partner with thousands of locations is a true comfort. It means that not only can our active-duty officers access the benefit but also those who have retired and might not live in the Houston area any longer.”
Hunt made his end-of-life arrangements at Brookside-Champions knowing that if he relocates in the future, his arrangements are fully transferable to any Dignity Memorial provider. He urges his fellow officers to plan ahead.
“The most difficult time for someone to plan a funeral is when a loved one has passed. You’re an emotional wreck, and that’s not the time to be planning. It’s best if you plan in advance and lock in today’s prices, so your spouse doesn’t have to deal with the financial burden or the details. Plus, when people see my casket, my wife can rightly say she had nothing to do with it!” Hunt says with a laugh.
Find a location and learn more about funeral planning
Hunt is correct in saying that pre-planning a funeral or cremation allows you to lock in prices and avoid inflation. What’s more, when you plan ahead, you make payments over time. You also have the assurance of knowing that your final wishes are fulfilled and your family can focus on remembering and healing—instead of what kind of casket, urn or service you’d like.
The benefits are available through dozens of providers in the Greater Houston area. To find a location and learn more, go to dignitymemorial.com/hpou or call 844-502-5901.