As a consumer, you have rights and the treatment of your loved one’s remains is protected in many ways. Here are some of the protections provided for the deceased.
The Funeral Rule
There is no “consistent and coherent body of law” that deals with the management of deceased persons, according to this Slate article. Much of the regulations for funeral homes are enacted at the state level, but there are some federal laws governing funeral homes from a consumer protection angle.
The Funeral Rule was enacted in 1984 by the Federal Trade Commission. This rule ensures that consumers must be provided with fair and accurate information when it comes to shopping for funeral services.
General Price List
The primary focus of the Funeral Rule is the General Price List or GPL. This document must specifically itemize all the costs of a funeral for the consumer. Upon request, a funeral home is legally required to provide you with this information.
The Funeral Rule also makes it clear that consumers have choices and do not have to buy packaged or complete services (though funeral homes are allowed to offer these as a purchasing option). Shoppers have the option to pick and choose specifically what they want for their loved one’s funeral and they cannot be financially penalized for those decisions. For example, if a consumer wanted to purchase a casket from a third party instead of the funeral home, the funeral home can’t charge an extra fee for handling that casket.
ABOUT HUTCHISON FUNERAL HOME
We understand that funeral planning can be difficult and the Hutchison Funeral Home is here to help. For over 35 years, we have been providing families in the Metro Detroit area with dignified services that are personal, respectful, and affordable. Our team will work with you to provide personalized recommendations that will fit your vision and your budget. We are here to listen to your needs and wishes. Together, we can create the funeral service that your loved one deserves.
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