Honoring the memory of a loved one that has recently passed will be less stressful when using the helpful resources and tools provided by this funeral guide. We have included a variety of consumer resources to help you find and choose a reputable funeral home or similar service provider. Additional highlights include tips on how to afford funeral service costs and a discussion of consumers’ rights protected by laws under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
The laws outlined within the Federal Trade Commission’s FTC Funeral Rule protect consumers and provide peace of mind when comparison-shopping for a potential funeral service provider. The regulations passed in 1984 effectively monitor the business practices of funeral homes, cemeteries, and similar providers and the manner in which they market and sell their services to consumers. Some key features of the FTC Funeral Rule include:
Consumers have the right to provide a funeral home with a burial container purchased elsewhere from an alternative source.
Funeral homes may not charge consumers an additional fee to handle an alternative burial container during final arrangements.
Consumers have the option of not using a casket when service arrangements include cremation.
Funeral homes must inform consumers about potential legal issues in writing when using the service of a cemetery or crematory.
We researched and gathered some of the top resources available and have included them here to help consumers. Our favorites include the extensive nationwide network of more than 2,000 providers that is available on Dignity Memorial. Consumers can use the provided search tool to find funeral homes, cemeteries, and similar providers within the United States and Canada. Funeral service providers within the Milwaukee area include Wisconsin Memorial Park and West Lawn Memorial Park.
You can search the easy-to-use online directory of the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to find reputable funeral homes and cemeteries. Many of the listings are BBB accredited and have top A+ ratings. Two local funeral service providers within the Milwaukee area listed on BBB include Northwest Funeral Chapel and Schaff Funeral Service.
Funeral service arrangements can be expensive if you include a lot of added features and extras. You can narrow down your choices and stick to just the basics by comparison-shopping. Print the funeral-pricing checklist off the site of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and have it handy as you start contacting potential service providers to inquire about costs. As you compare the services of several providers, you will find that some charge much less than their competitors for comparable funeral item features.
You can save money by selecting a less expensive casket and purchasing it from an alternative source other than the funeral home that is administering the final arrangements. Other ways to save money include considering the option of cremation to save on the costs of buying a casket and paying for burial services. Think about the possibility of having a friend cater the post-funeral reception at their home. You can arrange to have volunteers bring food instead of paying a service to cater the event.
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