Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Commitments and Contingencies (Details)

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Commitments and Contingencies (Details) (USD $)
In Millions, unless otherwise specified
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2012
Sep. 30, 2011
Sep. 30, 2010
Commitments and Contingencies      
Rental expense charged to income $ 9.5 $ 9.0 $ 7.9
Aggregate future minimum lease payments for operating leases, excluding renewable periods      
2013 6.4    
2014 4.2    
2015 2.8    
2016 2.1    
2017 1.6    
Thereafter 1.4    
Future minimum operating lease payments, excluding renewable periods 18.5    
General claims and lawsuits | Minimum
     
Commitments and Contingencies      
Deductibles and self-insured retentions per occurrence or per claim 0.5    
General claims and lawsuits | Maximum
     
Commitments and Contingencies      
Deductibles and self-insured retentions per occurrence or per claim 1.0    
Funeral Consumers Alliance, Inc. ("FCA") antitrust litigation
     
Commitments and Contingencies      
Number of co-defendants in the FCA class action lawsuit 3    
Settlement agreement payment 5.0    
Cumulative legal and related costs $ 34.2    
Matthews Litigation
     
Commitments and Contingencies      
Number of additional defendants 2    
Number of former employees of certain plaintiff entities hired by Batesville 2