1. Shop around. Compare prices from at least two funeral homes. Remember that you can supply your own casket or urn. Click here to print out a price comparison worksheet. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print this form.
2. Ask for a price list. The law requires funeral homes to give you written price lists for products and services.
3. Try to resist pressure to buy goods and services you don't really want or need.
4. Avoid emotional overspending. It's not necessary to have the fanciest casket or the most elaborate funeral to honor a loved one.
5. Recognize your rights. Laws regarding funerals and burials vary from state to state. It's a smart move to know which goods or services the law requires that you purchase and which are optional.
6. Apply the same smart shopping techniques you use for other major purchases. You can cut costs by limiting the viewing to one day, or one hour before the funeral, and by dressing your loved one in a favorite outfit instead of costly burial clothing.
7. Plan ahead. It allows you to comparison shop without time constraints, creates an opportunity for family discussion, and lifts the burden from your family.
Source: Federal Trade Commission Pamphlet | FUNERALS: A Consumer Guide
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