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2022—FTC sues “Heritage Cremation”

Press release from the Federal Trade Commission. On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice is suing Funeral & Cremation Group of North America, LLC, Legacy Cremation Services, LLC, d/b/a Heritage Cremation Provider, and their owner, Anthony Joseph Damiano, for misrepresenting their location and prices, illegally threatening and failing to return cremated remains to consumers, and failing to provide disclosures required by the Funeral Rule. Read more

Retail caskets—what’s legal for a funeral home to do?

This article is from the Spring, 2022 FCA Newsletter.
Want to know your rights when buying a casket from outside a funeral home? Are you curious to know what funeral homes are allowed to do, and what they’re not allowed to do, when it comes to third-party caskets? Read more

Missing jewelry—what to do?

Sadly, sometimes families do tell us of lost or possibly stolen jewelry or personal effects. There is little to nothing that can be done after the fact. FCA believes a simple inventory protocol, in writing, with pictures and cross-checks, should be a basic standard at all funeral homes and crematories. Read more

FCA on How to Buy a Funeral—podcast

Brian Hayden has a really interesting project he calls “Redesigning the End“. It’s a site that offers educational courses, mainly for people who want to become professionals in what you could call “alternative death care”. Read more

New Hampshire set to overturn embalming law

New Hampshire has a unique law that no other state has. It says: “Deceased Human Bodies Exposed. – No dead human body shall be exposed to the public for a period in excess of 24 hours unless said body is properly embalmed.” House Bill 1320 would delete this unnecessary requirement. Read more

FCA supports transparency in body donation–HR 4062

DECEMBER 15, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Executive Director Josh Slocum
802-865-8300, [email protected] CONGRESS SHOULD REGULATE THE BODY PARTS TRADE  South Burlington, VT—Funeral Consumers Alliance supports HR 4062, which would establish rules for informed donor consent and proper tracking of donated human body parts for research. Read more