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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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2014-09-16 Buddhist cremation:

I think Colorado is the only state where outdoor cremations are being allowed. It is not an efficient use of resources anyway.    If you are having a home funeral without using a funeral director, then


Section 32-11-10 of SC statutes allows you to name any person you like (it does not have to be your next of kin) to carry out your funeral wishes. You must do so in a " will or other verified and attested

2014-08-12 Church cemetary:

The consumer Affairs dept. in the AG's office regulates cemeteries and is very consumer friendly. I don't know if Mary Ann Dailey is still there, but here's her e-mail -- -- Tell

2014-08-12 One spouse deceased, one incarcerated... who has legal right to make burial decisions?:

Several questions: Were the couple at all estranged? Does the wife have the funds for a body burial funeral or cremation? Do you know if the deceased had written wishes for his funeral? Was the death sudden

2014-07-09 Really need advice please..:

It's too bad your dad didn't fill out the part of the advance directive that gives you the right to make decisions for the funeral. Most funeral homes will not cremate when there is disagreement without


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