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Category: Funeral FAQs

Ten Tips for Saving Funeral $$$

Do you want to be buried or cremated, embalmed, viewed? Where do you want to be buried or scattered? Put your wishes in writing and share them with your likely survivors. If you say you want something “simple” and your survivors aren’t sure what you meant, they may end up spending a lot more than you would have wanted. Read more

Don’t Get Buried in Debt

PDF Benefits of Membership in a Funeral Consumers Alliance Funerals in the United States are more elabo-rate and costly than funerals in most other countries. Competition in the usual sense is largely absent in the U.S. funeral business. Yet, paradoxically, there are too many mor-tuaries and half of them receive only one or two cases a week. Read more

What’s Your Funeral I.Q.?

A funeral will almost always cost at least $5,000.
 Yes  No A memorial service is just the same as a funeral.
 Yes  No It is illegal to have visiting hours anywhere except at a funeral home.
 Yes  No The newspaper will accept an obituary only from a mortician. Read more

Veterans’ Funeral and Burial Benefits

What You Get and What You Don’t 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. Read more

Monumental Manipulation

Written by an insider Many funeral homes sell tombstones. Monument shops, as well as many cemeteries and memorial parks, sell tombstones also. Most, however, do not refer to these items as tombstones, but rather as monuments or memorial markers. Here, language is important—A tombstone denotes something old, dark and scary; a monument, on the other hand, is sold as a unique item denoting the person’s role, as well as station in life. Read more

What is the Difference Between “Viewing” and “Visitation”?

PDF In the case of an unexpected death when a family is grappling with the reality of what has happened, there is a strong need to see the body of the person who died and to hold or touch the person. In most of these situations, the body will have been taken to a hospital for rescue efforts or to determine the cause of death. Read more

Death Away from Home


 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. Read more