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Service Corporation International Withdraws Proposal For Stewart Enterprises

HOUSTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), which owns and operates funeral service locations and cemeteries, today announced that it has furnished on Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission the following letter attached to this press release. The attached letter has been sent to Stewart Enterprises and withdraws our previous proposal of $11 per share for the reasons discussed within the letter.

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About Service Corporation International

Service Corporation International (NYSE: SCI), headquartered in Houston, Texas, is North America's leading provider of deathcare products and services. At June 30, 2008, we owned and operated more than 1,300 funeral homes and 350 cemeteries (of which over 200 are combination locations) in 43 states, eight Canadian provinces, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Through our businesses, we market the Dignity Memorial(R) brand which offers assurance of quality, value, caring service, and exceptional customer satisfaction. For more information about Service Corporation International, please visit our website at For more information about Dignity Memorial(R), please visit

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    October 7, 2008

    Mr. Thomas J. Crawford
    President & CEO
    Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
    1333 S. Clearview Parkway
    Jefferson, LA  70121

    Re:  Recent Communications Between Stewart Enterprises, Inc.
         ("Stewart") and Service Corporation International ("SCI")

    Dear Tom:

As you know, and as our advisors have discussed, Stewart's three pre-conditions to negotiation of a transaction with SCI are unacceptable to SCI. SCI cannot agree to accept all financing risk of a transaction (in other words, "hell or high water" on financing), accept all regulatory risk on antitrust clearance and, in addition, increase its $11/share proposal.

    Therefore, SCI hereby withdraws its previous proposal of $11 per share.


                                 Thomas L. Ryan

    c:  Board of Directors of Stewart

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