Pre-planning and preparing for the eventuality of death is considered an unpleasant task. This fact doesn’t detract from the importance of preparing for the inevitable end of life. The death of a loved one is a stressful event; don’t add to the difficulty by having to learn how to plan a funeral.
Surprise, Arizona, is home to many licensed funeral homes that can help you create a respectful memorial service, and provide the necessary funeral products at an affordable price.
Continue reading to find out how to start planning a funeral, find a good funeral home, and learn about the rights you have by law when dealing with a funeral home.
When purchasing funeral services, consumers have several rights to protect them guaranteed by both state and federal law.
Out of these rights, the most beneficial right is that a funeral services business must provide a comprehensive price list to you upon request. Whether by phone or in writing you have a right to know what they charge for the services and products they offer.
By FTC law, a funeral home must allow you to buy any service or product they offer without having to purchase a funeral package. With this protection, you have the freedom to plan a funeral the way you want it.
Another right that can save you money; the law in Arizona requires that funeral homes provide a list of their prices to the consumer before discussing any arrangements. This law provides for complete transparency, so you can choose the most affordable funeral home for your needs.
As strange as it may sound; you don’t need a casket when your loved one is being cremated. You have the right to use the container of your choice.
If another business sells the coffin you want for the funeral; you have the right to purchase it and require the funeral home to use it. This right can prevent price gouging from opportunistic businesses.
Many people believe that embalming is mandatory, but that’s not true. You have the right to refuse to embalm. Furthermore, the funeral home can’t embalm the deceased without your express permission.
The online funeral planning tool maintained by the Dignity Memorial Funeral Network is a quick and convenient way to start the funeral planning process. Take a look at the special theme packages as well; it could be a great way to remember what made your loved one special.
Visit the Better Business Bureau and find a list of accredited funeral businesses in Surprise. You can check the license status of a funeral home using the Arizona Board of Funeral Directors & Embalmers.
Don’t overspend, but plan ahead and make a budget, then abide by it. The stress of overspending will make the funeral process even more stressful.
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