Legal/Your Rights

Who has the legal right to make decisions about your funeral?

Personal Preference Laws for Body Disposition In more than half the states, there is a statutory obligation for survivors to honor the written wishes of the deceased, to follow your personal preference. In a few states, your wishes may be over-turned in the case of cremation, however. Even if there is no personal preference law… Read More >

Veterans’ Funeral and Burial Benefits

VETERANS All veterans are entitled to burial in a national cemetery, a granite or marble headstone (regardless of the cemetery), and a flag. There will be no charges for opening or closing the grave, a vault or liner, or setting the marker in a national cemetery. Usually, a family is responsible for all other expenses… Read More >

Paying Final Respects – Your Rights When Buying a Funeral

YOUR RIGHTS WHEN BUYING FUNERAL GOODS AND SERVICES This article, published by the Federal Trade Commission, is a straightforward guide to your rights. Don’t die before you read it! Paying Final Respects: Your Rights When Buying Funeral Goods & Services When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens… Read More >

Filing a Complaint

HOW TO START No one is perfect, including funeral directors and cemeterians. We all make mistakes. If you are dissatisfied with your funeral or cemetery experience, try to settle your concerns with those involved first. That’s how you would want to be treated, if it were your business. Write down everything from the minute you… Read More >

Death Away from Home

DEATH IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY • Local burial This is often the least expensive option; however, a few countries do not allow the burial of foreigners. The Consular Officer will be able to tell you. • Cremation Available in most countries, it may be prohibited or limited in predominantly Catholic or Muslim countries. Some countries… Read More >