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Funeral Law. Having written a 512-page book on funeral law for consumers with state-by-state information, I am very conversant with consumer rights in this regard: What are the laws on disposition of cremated remains? Is embalming required? Do I have to use a funeral home? Can I have a home wake? Is it a state law to buy a vault? I prepaid for a funeral but changed my mind. They won`t give me all my money back. What can I do? . . . If you have an immediate need for information because a death has just occurred or is about to occur, you may call me at 802-482-6021.

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I have monitored the funeral industry on behalf of consumers for over 20 years. I have been a guest speaker to funeral trade organizations, consumer workshops, and social service professionals. I am regularly consulted by lawyers and legislators as well as journalists.


Funeral Ethics Organization ( Funeral Consumers Alliance (


Caring for Your Own Dead (1987) Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love (1998) I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch (2001) Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (2011) with co-author Joshua Slocum


Masters degree in Administration and Special Education

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Available as an expert witness for funeral-related court cases.

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2016-05-01 lowest-cost exhumation:

Talk to the cemetery where your mother is buried. They may be willing to do the disinterment and reinterment. The disinterment permit comes from the state registrar, but that may not be required if the

2016-04-06 Digging Up Daddy:

Go to Probate Court in SC. You don't need a lawyer. Explain the situation. Typically, the spouse gets the say-so, so it will be an uphill battle. But the fact that it's an unmarked grave might be in your

2016-02-08 my mother's ashes:

Because your uncle paid for the cremation, he is entitled to the ashes.    You might consider asking him for a portion of the ashes and see if he will agree to that.    If not, you can certainly consider

2015-10-27 Fetal remains:

How wonderful of you. Check out the FEO newsletter where I did an article on post mortem policies for hospitals. Summer-Fall 2007. It turns out that our major hospital here in VT has one of the better

2015-10-27 Moving cremains from OR to CA:

Only if the cremation occurred in CA. And frankly the CA requirements are quite silly. You're allowed to keep cremated remains on the mantelpiece but there are no "cremains police" to see if they are there


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