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.
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 (www.funeralethics.org) Funeral Consumers Alliance (www.funerals.org)
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
Available as an expert witness for funeral-related court cases.
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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
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
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
OR does not require any additional paperwork.
Any idea why the widow is refusing? Typically a spouse gets to call the shots, but once she remarries the parents could approach a Probate Court to see if they have any possibility. Sorry that isn't very