Financing

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. The truth is that it is usually not wise to… Read More >

What to Do When You Can’t Afford a Funeral

How to Pay for a Funeral or Other Final Arrangements First, be aware that you or your family will be responsible for paying the funeral bill. No charity will bail you out if you go into debt for a funeral. Take a realistic look at your budget, before calling a funeral home. Decide what you… Read More >

How to Read a Funeral Home Price List

The funeral home’s General Price List (GPL) is one of the most important tools you have for controlling and understanding funeral costs. The GPL lists (or should list) all the goods and services the funeral home offers, along with the price of each. Like a menu in a restaurant, the GPL allows you to select… Read More >

Don’t Get Buried in Debt

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… Read More >

“Simple and Cheap” My Father Said

JOSEPHINE BLACK PESARESI My father, Hugo L Black, died in 1971. At that time he was 85 years old and the second longest sitting Associate Justice in the history of the United States Supreme Court, having sat on the Court for nearly 35 years. An avid tennis player, he served on his two beloved courts—the… Read More >