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Funerals during a pandemic: things to keep in mind

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, and it’s affecting how we deal with death, too. Here are some things to keep in mind if you have to arrange a funeral during this time. As of late summer 2020, most states are reopening to some degree, but there are still restrictions on the size of gatherings in many states. Read more
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Consumer advice---the downsides of a "free" grave/...

George from Tennessee wrote for advice on whether to prepay for the services associated with two mausoleum spaces given to him and his wife as a gift. We’ve talked to numerous families who were disappointed to find that additional fees came due at the time of burial. Read more
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From a casket retailer's point of view

We’re featuring a guest blog post from a relatively new entrant into the field of direct-to-consumer casket sales, often known as a “casket retailer”. Caskets have been one of the most expensive components of many funerals, and discount retailers have stepped in. Read more
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Funeral Rule Reform 2020: FCA's Submission to the ...

Every 10 years the Federal Trade Commission reviews the “Funeral Rule” for possible reform. The rule requires funeral homes to give consumers printed price lists (when they visit in person), give price quotes by phone, allow consumers to pick item by item (mandatory packaged funerals are not permitted), and more. Read more
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FCA affiliates: options for board elections when y...

The pandemic has prevented us from gathering in large groups. This interferes with the ability of local funeral consumer organizations to hold elections to their board for those groups whose bylaws require in-person elections, or elections at a particular time or place. Read more
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