Cremation Sold Separately

Our new study of cremation prices and disclosures at 142 funeral homes around the country shows that nearly a fifth aren’t including the actual cost of the cremation in their advertised prices for direct cremation. Nearly the same number are violating existing Federal Trade Commission Rules that require funeral homes to list a price for… Read More >

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FCA to release study of hidden cremation fees and consumer protection violations Monday, September 12

Please share this release as widely as possible! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             Contact: Jack Gillis, 202-737-0766 September 12, 2016 at 12:00PM Eastern Call-in: 800-247-5110 Passcode: CFACALL   NEW REPORT ON FUNERAL SERVICES:  THE COST OF DYING IS HARD TO DETERMINE AND WIDELY VARING IN PRICE  Press Teleconference to Reveal New Data on Costs, Price Disclosures… Read More >

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What we can learn from the funerals in “Game of Thrones”

— by funeral director Amy Cunningham, re-posted with permission. Check out her blog . With funeral options like earth-friendly burial in simple shroud or biodegradable casket, family-witnessed cremation, and full body sea submersion drawing more interest than ever, it’s a good time to notice that the end-of-life rituals in HBO‘s epic fantasy drama “Game of Thrones” are… Read More >

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Did You Forget the Most Important Part of Funeral Planning?

Funerals are for the Living Media and salespeople urge you to plan your funeral—for “peace of mind.” But a piece (or peace) will be missing if you have not included in the planning process those who are likely to survive you. As parents we try to help our children learn how to handle money; we… Read More >

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How To Help Grieving People

WAYS TO HELP A GRIEVING FRIEND OR RELATIVE SHAKESPEARE WROTE, “WORDS CAN STING, BUT SILENCE BREAKS THE HEART.” RELATIVES, FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS ARE OFTEN SUPPORTIVE AT THE TIME OF A DEATH AND DURING THE WAKE AND FUNERAL. SYMPATHY CARDS, FOOD, FLOWERS AND GUESTS ARRIVE TO EXPRESS CONDOLENCES AND SUPPORT THE BEREAVED. BUT AFTER THE FUNERAL,… Read More >

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