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Complying with the Funeral Rule (VIDEO)

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Bureau of Consumer Protection
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Federal Trade Commission

The Funeral Rule gives people making funeral arrangements some important rights. And it establishes some basic requirements for funeral homes. If you sell funeral goods and services, you’ll want to know how to comply.

SEE VIDEO 3:17

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:04 )
 

Green Burial in New York--Open Meeting

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Green Burial in New York State

You are invited to attend our Annual Meeting of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Long Island/New York City on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock,
48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, New York. The meeting is free. Refreshments are served after the meeting.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 June 2013 11:44 ) Read more...
 

Cost-conscious funerals in the Arizona Republic

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The Arizona Republic did a great overview article on planning send-offs that fit your budget. They featured the top-notch funeral price survey done by the FCA of Central Arizona, too. 

 

Home Funerals in South Carolina

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Kudos to the FCA of South Carolina for helping with this great article in the Columbia Star laying out the plain facts about home and family-directed funerals. 

Excerpt:

The FCA-SC explains why some would want to choose this option: Some may wish to do this because it seems more fitting and personal for them to care for their own dead rather than turning the body over to a funeral home. Other than embalming, which is never required by law, there is nothing that a funeral director can do that anyone acting as such cannot do for themselves. For most of our history, the family took the responsibility for caring for their own dead. Over recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in reclaiming this practice.

 

Another reason may be financial. The average cost of a funeral, not including any cemetery costs, is now more than $6,500. With caskets readily available on the internet or by building one yourself-it is possible to provide a meaningful and dignified funeral for a fraction of that price.

 

There is nothing in the South Carolina Code (laws) that requires the use of a funeral director. The situation is governed by the Code of Regulations 61-19.

 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 April 2013 15:43 )
 

Deep Doubts About Neptune

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by Lamar Hankins, past president of Funeral Consumers Alliance

Selling Cremation Door-To-Door
 
I just had the opportunity to be a “secret shopper” – from the convenience of my dining room table.  Over the years, I have occasionally received solicitations from funeral homes or cremation services to encourage me to “pre-arrange” funerals or cremations.  In recent months, I received two such solicitations from the Neptune Society.  I responded to the last one, sending back their card and checking the box that indicated I wanted to receive more information.
 
That information came through a phone call a couple of weeks ago asking if one of their representatives could visit me in my home.  I said “yes” and a nice fellow showed up.  His card identified him as an “Austin Area Counselor,” for Neptune Society, “America’s Most Trusted Cremation Services.”  I was treated to a sales pitch full of misleading or outright false claims, all to get me to pay more than double the cost for a simple cremation in the Austin area.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 March 2013 13:33 ) Read more...
 


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