It is always good to do your homework, however you should not go on just the “one sided story” of a advocacy consumer group, talk show host or the funeral/cremation provider. Cremation shouldn’t be taken lightly or used as the easy way out, there are some unscrupulous people in this world that are looking to make a quick buck and they don’t care how they do it. I always say, cheaper is not always better, you get what you pay for! I know of a situation where a low end cremation provider was illegally harvesting long bone and tissue and selling it, so you see, they could afford to offer a low price to create more demand because they were making up their profit loss some other way! The death care industry is a business and the sooner we all realize that the better. You have to pay “the man” to do something that I’m sure none of us want to do or even have the means or equipment to do. Just like we pay the doctor when we are sick, pay the mechanic to fix our cars, pay the attorney to get rid of our speeding tickets… Do any of you remember when the price of gasoline was .35 cents a gallon or a gallon of milk used to be .95 cents?? Hellooooo, its called the cost of inflation, as the cost of living goes up around us you would have to naturally assume that so would the cost to die. I know my grandmother pre-planned and paid for her funeral and as one of those people that would have had to step up to the plate to help bury her I was very thankful that she did. I don’t think it is going to be my daughters responsibility to pay for my funeral some day, its my responsibility! So yes it should be buyer be informed and pick someone (funeral home) that you know and can trust. I also think it is smart to tour their crematory, see for yourself what is going on!