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Author: Josh Slocum

A $27,000 Send-Off

– submitted to FCA by April Fisher  I thought I would also share my experience with a funeral home when my husband committed suicide in 1996. I was 25 years old, he was 31. I went in very distressed. My mother-in-law had chosen Restland Memorial Home in Richardson, Texas. Read more

Georgia is Peachy Keen…If You Own a Cemetery

8/8/06 — Once again, state lawmakers are treating the body politic as their personal playground by serving up citizens as grist for the burial industry’s mill. Georgia’s lawmakers gave commercial cemeteries a gift at the expense of consumers this year with a bill that gutted some of the consumer protections enacted in 2000. Read more

Cadillac Prices for a Vault

“Here’s the problem – she’s just tryin’ to save a little money,” said Jim Goodman, manager of Cadillac Memorial Gardens East, a cemetery in Michigan. Well, yes, she is, I replied. What’s wrong with that? Read more

Wisconsin

UPDATE 5/24/06 — Wisconsin Assembly Bill 984, sadly, failed to get out of committee. 2/22/06 — Wisconsin Assembly Bill 984 would give consumers the right to determine how their bodies will be disposed of after death, and the right to name an agent to make sure their wishes are carried out. Read more

An Afternoon with the FTC

The Federal Trade Commission held a conference in April to teach funeral homes how to comply with the Funeral Rule. The highlight? They tried to eject a Funeral Consumers Alliance board member from this public meeting! Read all about it [LINK TO watchdogsleeps.pdf]  Read more

Mississippi Beefs Up Preneed

While it’s not enough to truly protect consumers from problems with prepaid funerals, Mississippi’s House Bill 1046 is a good first step. The bill was signed into law, and it requires funeral homes to deposit 85 percent of consumers’ prepaid funeral money into a trust account — up from 50 percent, which was the lowest requirement in the country. Read more

You Can’t Do That in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 984 would have give consumers the right to determine how their bodies will be disposed of after death, and the right to name an agent to make sure their wishes are carried out. For more information. But as of May, 2006, the bill had never made it out of committee. Read more