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Category: Funeral FAQs

Scatter-Brained – all about cremation and what’s left

This article was first printed in the Fall, 2005 FCA Newsletter FCA has a pamphlet called “Common Funeral Myths” that separates funeral fact from fiction. From the queries we’ve been getting lately, it might be time to come out with a tract on Common Cremation Myths. Read more

Should You Prepay For Your Funeral?

Insurance companies and funeral homes often tout the benefits of the pre-paid plans they sell. They urge customers to pay for their own funeral in advance—in order to spare their survivors the trouble and expense, lock in current prices, or shelter their assets from Medicaid. Read more

Dead Bodies and Disease: The “Danger” That Doesn’t Exist

Funeral industry members frequently claim that dead bodies are a source of contagion to the public, and that embalming is necessary to prevent the spread of disease. Some will also claim that unembalmed dead bodies must be buried in a casket and a vault to prevent “contamination” of groundwater. Read more

For Consumers

GrimReaderCover Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. We do for funeral purchases what Consumer Reports does for products. Click READ MORE to get help for all your funeral-related questions! Read more

Filing a Complaint

ombudsman 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. Read more

Lay Me to Rest in A Plain Pine Box, One Mother’s Letter to Her Children

I’m getting older now. I’m beginning to think about which of my personal things I want each of you to have. Yes, I’ve written a will, so each of you will share equally in what little is left after I’m gone. There are a few special things, though, I’ll want to give you while I’m still alive, because they should not be counted in the sum total of it all. Read more

Caskets—how to save on them

Note—Retail casket stores come and go so frequently we’re no longer listing them individually as the information is often out of date quickly. If you’re looking for a retail casket business, a local artisan who makes caskets, or a specialty type of casket not available from your funeral home, your best bet is to do a Google search for terms such as your state/region, caskets, retail, casket stores, etc.  Read more