The rule requires funeral homes to:
- Give price quotes by phone (HONEST ONES!)
Let you choose item-by-item (vs. forcing you to buy a package) Accept a casket you bought elsewhere or made yourself without charging a fee.
- Be truthful about any laws that do or don't require you to buy specific things.
The Law Says What?
something, treat it as "it didn't happen or they didn't say it." Insist that they show you the actual law if they are persistent. Nine times out of ten, it never existed in the first place. Sometimes people are just passing along "what everyone knows or what they've heard," and sometimes you're being scammed to pad the bill. Those people are using their assumed experience in the industry to guide you, not maliciously, but still...
Here are some things you should know:
- No federal or state law requires embalming for all deaths.(not one)
- No federal or state law requires embalming as a condition of viewing the body. (not one)
- No federal or state law requires a casket or a grave vault as a condition of burial, and there are no government standards for casket construction.
- Dead people aren't a public health problem. You're infinitely more likely to catch the flu from other mourners who are breathing and coughing.
- Most states don't even require you use a funeral home. Yes, I'm saying it's legal to do it pioneer-style and have a simple funeral performed entirely by the family.