What are my rights under the Funeral Rule?

Under the Funeral Rule, you have the right to:

  • Buy only the funeral arrangements you want
  • Get pricing information over the phone
  • Get a written, itemized price list when you visit a funeral home
  • See a written casket price list before you actually view the caskets
  • See a written outer burial container price list
  • Receive a written statement after you select what you want, but before paying for it
  • Get an explanation in the written statement from the funeral home that describes any legal cemetery or crematory requirement that requires you to buy any funeral goods or services
  • Use an alternative container instead of a casket for cremation
  • Provide the funeral home with a casket or urn you buy elsewhere
  • Make funeral arrangements without embalming

For detailed information on your rights under the Funeral Rule, visit the FTC website at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0300-ftc-funeral-rule.