Legal/Your Rights

How to arrange a home funeral

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestWhat is a home funeral? With a home funeral, family or friends take charge of caring for the body after death, either alone or with the help of a funeral professional. They might bring or keep the deceased at home, wash and dress the body, arrange for a casket or shroud, prepare the necessary documents, hold a vigil or ceremony, and/or transport the body to the cemetery or crematory. Read more

Your Funeral Rights

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPlanning  Appointment of agent.  If you are concerned that your next-of-kin might not follow your wishes about the disposition of your body, in most states you can designate another person as your agent to carry out your wishes. Read more

Who has the legal right to make decisions about your funeral?

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestPersonal Preference Laws for Body Disposition In more than half the states, there is a statutory obligation for survivors to honor the written wishes of the deceased, to follow your personal preference. In a few states, your wishes may be over-turned in the case of cremation, however. Read more

Veterans’ Funeral and Burial Benefits


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

Paying Final Respects – Your Rights When Buying a Funeral

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestYOUR RIGHTS WHEN BUYING FUNERAL GOODS AND SERVICES This article, published by the Federal Trade Commission, is a straightforward guide to your rights. Don’t die before you read it! Paying Final Respects: Your Rights When Buying Funeral Goods & Services When a loved one dies, grieving family members and friends often are confronted with dozens of decisions about the funeral ­— all of which must be made quickly and often under great emotional stress. Read more

Filing a Complaint

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestHOW 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. Read more

Death Away from Home

FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterestDEATH IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY

• 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