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).
FTC letter states funeral homes may not:
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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