Take Back Your Dead, New York!

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A letter to activists in New York State. Do you want to help? Write us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it !

Dear friends, 

This letter is going to all volunteers with the Funeral Consumers Alliance groups in New York State as well as to advocates for the right to family-directed funerals around the country. It's time for the citizens of the Empire State to take back an important right. 

New York is one of only nine states that prohibit families from acting as their own funeral director. Yes, I mean an undertaker-free funeral where the family prepares the body, files the paperwork, and completes the arrangements. Some choose this because they want to continue caring for someone who meant a great deal in life. Others may not be able to afford even the most basic services of a funeral home. But New York says, No. Your dead are the property of the commercial funeral industry. 

We need your help to change that. And before you stop reading and say, "Oh, well, I'm not interested in that or my group isn't interested in that," take a moment to remember: the foundation of funeral consumer rights includes the right not to be a consumer at all. Even if a home funeral isn't right for you, without us families who want this option have no one to stand up for them. 

So what can you do?

For now it's enough just to get the conversation going, so I look forward to hearing from you! As the issue develops we can work out a strategy to move forward. I know New York's dedicated FCA leaders have the talent to get it done!

Best wishes,

Josh Slocum, Executive Director

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 December 2012 17:19 )  
Comments (3)
1 Friday, 24 August 2012 17:11
Is anyone doing this for Connecticut?! Please point me in the right direction. I am not a New Yorker but I support you!!!
2 Friday, 24 August 2012 17:14
Please contact me at chaosandfury7@gmail.com with any information about accomplishing this in CT.
3 Tuesday, 09 October 2012 10:05
Dale Doback
New York will not change their laws to accomodate your agenda Mr. Slocum and let me tell you why. It is regulated by the NYSDOH for one and it is a dictatorship under the iron fist of Debbie O'Recki. This will never pass because of the chaos that would ensue. Some people would rather pay the high cost and have someone else do it. That is the societal norm, sir.

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