We created this funeral guide to help you honor the memory of a loved one that has recently passed. A variety of resources and online tools are included to make the task of finding a reputable funeral home or similar service provider less stressful. Additional highlights include suggestions and tips on how to manage the costs of funeral service arrangements along with an overview of how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) protects the rights of consumers.
The Federal Trade Commission passed the FTC Funeral Rule in 1984 to guide consumers when comparison-shopping for service arrangements, so they make an informed choice. The laws outlined within the FTC Funeral Rule prohibit funeral homes and similar providers from engaging in unethical practices when dealing with the public. The regulations protect consumers in several ways that include:
Consumers have the right to request and receive information from funeral providers over the telephone including available services and prices.
Consumers have the right to receive a General Price List (GPL) they can keep that outlines all service options with their prices when visiting a funeral provider in person.
Funeral homes must provide consumers with a written statement for selected services that includes all costs before requiring the receipt of payment.
Funeral homes may not charge consumers an extra fee to handle burial containers they purchased from another source.
Our selection of top resources includes the nationwide network of more than 2,000 funeral homes, cemeteries, and similar providers maintained by Dignity Memorial. Listings of providers within the United States and Canada can be located using Dignity Memorial’s online search tool based on city name or zip code. Examples of service providers within the Colorado Springs area include Memorial Gardens Cemetery & Funeral Home and Mountain View Mortuary.
The Funeral Ethics Organization (FEO) maintains a state-by-state listing of informative resources for all 50 states including Colorado that highlight the topics of funeral arrangements, burials, cremation, embalming, and more. Another excellent resource is the online directory of funeral homes maintained by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). You can search for potential providers within the Colorado Springs area and check reviews and ratings posted on the BBB site.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests that consumers contact several potential funeral service providers to compare their prices to get the best deal. You do not necessarily have to visit all providers in person, as the FTC Funeral Rule requires that they provide you with information over the telephone. Once you have narrowed down your choices to a few service providers, you can then visit them in person, make your final choice, and then arrange for services.
You can cut unnecessary expenses by eliminating costly extra service features and selecting a less expensive casket model. Additional ways to save money include purchasing a casket from another source. The option of cremation will save you substantial amounts of money, as you would not have to pay for a casket or funeral services. The funeral-pricing checklist provided by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will come in handy and can be printed off their website to help as you comparison shop for a provider.
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