The Scottsdale, Arizona region is home to many funeral services providers. The worst time to learn everything you need to know about choosing a respectful and dignified venue for your loved one’s funeral needs is the day after they pass away.
Funeral arrangements can be very costly, and negotiating the services and funeral items that you’ll need for a memorable funeral is difficult while you’re grieving.
Read this article to familiarize yourself with the state and federal law protected rights you have when dealing with a funeral home. In this article you’ll also find out novel ways to plan your loved one’s funeral and how to choose a licensed and reputable funeral services provider.
Funeral home owners are required by both federal and state regulation to provide consumers with a comprehensive list of the prices they charge. You can ask for any funeral homes price list by phone or to be provided to you in writing.
Take advantage of the Federal Trade Commission law that makes it possible for you to buy funeral services and products a la carte rather than only when included in a package.
Arizona state law protects consumers by mandating that customers are provided a complete list of prices before discussing possible arrangements.
You don’t have to buy a casket or funerary urn from the funeral home that you’ve chosen. You can purchase a casket or urn for the funeral home to use from any source you wish.
In the case of cremation, you can use any container you desire and you aren’t required to use a casket. Depending on your beliefs, preferences, and financial status this can make a big difference in how you approach your funeral planning.
You have a right to decline to embalm the body of the deceased. The funeral services provider must have your express permission to do so. If your religion, or personal beliefs preclude embalming, the law will protect your wishes.
Dignity Memorial Funeral Network maintains a useful website that includes an online funeral planning tool. Use this free tool to plan your loved one’s memorial service and burial or cremation, or just to get a good idea of what is available and how much it will cost. The Dignity Memorial website also has a choice of themed memorial services to memorialize the military service or interests of the deceased.
The best time to look for a reputable funeral services provider is as long before a death as possible. Pre-planning your loved one’s memorial services will allow you to create the most ideal funeral to memorialize the deceased.
Visit the Better Business Bureau of Arizona for a list of accredited funeral services providers. Check the credentials of a funeral home you’re considering using at the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers. Look for reviews online and ask people you trust if they’ve had a good experience using a local funeral home.
Above all, make a budget and keep to it. Adding financial distress to grief is best avoided.
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