When someone dies, the expenses for death services begin.
They start when the deceased’s remains are picked up and transported to a mortuary. Then there are other services and the funeral which will cost in the neighborhood of $10,000, give or take a few thousand. A casket alone can easily cost $5,000.
Federal Funeral Rule
Fortunately for all of us, there is the Federal Trade Commission Federal Funeral Rule (16 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 453). This rule makes it an unfair practice or deceptive act for a mortuary or funeral provider to fail to furnish accurate price information that discloses the cost for each of the specific funeral goods and funeral services used in connection with the disposition of deceased human bodies, including at least the cost of transportation of remains, the price of embalming, the use of facilities, caskets, outer burial containers, immediate burials, or direct cremations.
Most funeral and death service providers have high ethical standards. But to protect you from death service providers who are not highly principled business people, there is a Federal Funeral Rule that ensures that you need purchase only the services and products you want, and that you pay only for what you receive. This rule applies both to those discussing and / or making pre-need and at-need arrangements.
The Federal Funeral Rule requires funeral directors and death service providers to provide itemized prices when discussing specific funeral and burial services. Funeral homes and mortuaries are also required to provide other information about their goods and services.
While each death service component must, by law, be itemized separately, to simplify the death service process, many funeral homes and mortuaries bundle their goods and services into packages that can be purchased before or after death occurs.
Many of the commonly purchased items and services (e.g., embalming, a casket, funeral services, burial or cremation, etc.) are bundled into packages for easy selection. Unfortunately, it is often hard to determine exactly where the expenses lie.
Ask for an itemized list of each good or service that is included in a bundled package. This is the best way to avoid charges you don’t need.
Rest in Peace contains essential death service information you should know, including cost approximations for all services provided.