Know Your Rights
Basic Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rules
Funeral homes must give out prices
over the phone.
They must give a General Price
List (GPL), Casket Price List and Outer Container Price List upon inquiry.
The GPL must disclose that
embalming is not usually required by law.
They must give an itemized
statement of final choices before contracting.
must disclose on the statement if the funeral home takes a fee for cash
advance items (i. e. printing, flowers).
They may not charge you a body
storage fee during usual funeral transactions only after 4 or 5 days.
You have the right to choose an
alternative cremation container a casket is not required.
You may purchase a casket anywhere
you like, and the funeral provider may not charge an extra fee if you do.
They may not claim that embalming
or caskets will preserve the body.
They may not lie about state laws.
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