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Commitments and Contingencies (Details)

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Commitments and Contingencies (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
9 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2012
productunit
business
Sep. 30, 2012
General claims and lawsuits | High end of range
   
Commitments and Contingencies    
Deductibles and self-insured retentions per occurrence or per claim $ 1.0  
General claims and lawsuits | Low end of range
   
Commitments and Contingencies    
Deductibles and self-insured retentions per occurrence or per claim 0.5  
Funeral Consumers Alliance, Inc. ("FCA") antitrust litigation
   
Commitments and Contingencies    
Number of national funeral home businesses 3  
Damages sought by plaintiffs, low end of range 947  
Damages sought by plaintiffs, high end of range 1,460  
Approximate number of product units on which damages are sought by the purported class members 1,000,000  
Cumulative legal and related costs $ 29.2 $ 0.5
Matthews Litigation
   
Commitments and Contingencies    
Number of additional defendants 2  
Number of former employees of certain plaintiff entities hired by Batesville 2