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Your Funeral Rights

Planning  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. To find your state’s laws, and links to appropriate forms, see “Who has the legal right” on FCA’s website, funerals.org. Read more

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

Personal 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 one of the 136 national veterans cemeteries, a headstone or marker, and a burial flag. There will be no charge for the gravesite, opening and closing the grave, a vault or liner, and setting the marker. Read more

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

Starting a Funeral Committee in Your Congregation

All major religions have established traditions and rituals for caring for the dead. In days past, the religious community was the focal point of activities at a time of death. Unfortunately, as we became a more dispersed society, we witnessed the emergence of for-profit “chapels,” and the funeral industry took over creating new “traditions.” A few congregations, however, have continued their participatory heritage, and there appears to be a growing interest among others to return to active involvement. Read more

Should You Prepay For Your Funeral? Safer Ways to Plan Ahead

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

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

This article was first printed in the Fall, 2005 FCA Newsletter FCA has an article 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