Planning a funeral can be challenging, whether you’re making arrangements ahead of time, or helping others at a time of need. The Funeral Rule, enforced by the FTC, gives you rights that can make planning a funeral more satisfactory. For example, you have the right to buy separate goods (such as caskets) and services (such as embalming or a memorial service). You don’t have to accept a package that may include items you do not want.
We recently updated our information for consumers about funeral planning:
Paying Final Respects summarizes a consumer’s rights when buying funeral goods and services.
Shopping for Funeral Services is a detailed guide to funerals, goods and services, with a full-page pricing checklist.
You can order free copies at ftc.gov/bulkorder.
We also have a series of articles on our site that explain your rights, describe types of funeral products and services, and help you compare providers. You can share, copy or adapt the articles online or in your community.