On April 1, 2006 the St Petersburg Association of Funeral Business launched a public program called Public Duty.
The program aims to express sincere gratitude to those who fought in WWII or survived in the siege of Leningrad. The Association adds 30% up to government pays to the municipal allowance paid to the relatives of the Siege of Leningrad survivors to cover burial expenses.
Public Control program
In July 2006, the St Petersburg Association of Funeral Business launched a social program Public Control. The program is meant to establish public feedback. It works as telephone hotline that may be used by anyone to ask questions related to the funeral business, express one’s opinion, ask for help or make a complaint of the malfunctioning of various agents on the funeral market.
The program aims at the elimination of controversies between consumers and service providers on the market.
Members of the Association will consider each call and render assistance to everyone in need. By the present moment, our consultants have processed over 150 calls. Each of them was registered and due measures were taken to answer all complaints.
Restoration of tombs of famous art and culture activists
Last year, the St Petersburg Association of Funeral Business addressed the St Petersburg Governor’s Public Council suggesting that a special commission should be created to facilitate the restoration of famous St Petersburgers’ tombs.
The idea was not accidental. In early 2006, the staff of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s Memorial Museum addressed the Association asking for help in the restoration of Dostoevsky’s relatives’ tombs on the Smolensky Orthodox cemetery. The action was timed to the 500th anniversary of Dostoevsky family. Sobor LLC, a member of the Association, did answer the request and financed the restoration.
Opening ceremony of the restored tombs took place last summer but the very idea of such activities seemed interesting and was further developed.
The Public Council approved the suggestions put forward by the Association and the commission was formed. Its activities started with the selection of first five tombs to be restored, including the tombs of writer Mikhail Zoshchenko’s parents, the tomb of Mikhail Shafranov, former rector of the Forestry Institute (currently the Forestry Technical Academy), the tomb of the famous writer and bibliographer Mikhail Antonovsky, etc.
These five tombs are to be restored at the first stage of work but more tombs are expected to be found and restored later. Members of the Association hope that the number of tombs thus restored is likely to compare in the nearest future with the number of important tombs enjoying governmental protection.