A joint project by Funeral Consumers Alliance and Consumer Federation of America. Survey samples 15 funeral homes each, in 10 cities around the country:Atlanta, Denver, the District of Columbia, Indianapolis, Mercer County New Jersey, Minneapolis, Orange County California, Seattle, Tucson.
The survey tracks how many funeral homes fully disclose prices on their websites. In addition, it gives the range of costs for three common funeral arrangments (direct cremation, immediate burial, full-service funeral).
Courtesy FCA volunteer Michael Whitman.
A federal lawsuit against the Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors. Rabbi Daniel E. Wasserman alleges the state is illegally attempting to restrict the ability of Jewish congregations to perform their own funerals privately without hiring commercial undertakers.
The FTC filed a brief in the case pitting casket-selling monks against the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. The FTC argues Louisiana's prohibition on retail casket sales undermines the intent of the federal Funeral Rule.
A joint friend of the court brief by Funeral Consumers Alliance and the International Cemetery, Cremation, and Funeral Association, a trade group. It urges the 5th Circuit Court to uphold a ruling against the state of Louisiana. Monks at St. Joseph's Abbey sued the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors after the Board sent the monks a cease-and-desist order telling them it was illegal to sell caskets without employing a licensed funeral director and installing an embalming room.
Legislative testimony from Dr. Michael Osterholm of the Center for Infectious Disease Policy and Research at the University of Minnesota. Delivered in 2009, this letter debunks claims from the funeral industry that dead bodies pose a public health risk.
Opinion overturning Louisiana's law banning the sale of caskets by anyone other than a licensed funeral director with a full-service funeral home. The monks of St. Joseph's Abbey sued the state after the embalming and funeral director's board threatened them with fines and jail time for selling simple handmade wood coffins.
"Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Prearrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed".
The marketing of preneed plans for funeral services and merchandise is increasingly prevalent. Various companies, including insurance companies, "for-profit cremation societies," and "preneed associations" flood the mail with advertising which touts the benefits of their preneed plans. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as options, about which consumers should be well-informed.
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