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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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Recent Answers from Lisa Carlson

2015-08-27 moving grandfathers ashes:

The statute is silent about grandchildren. But I think in most states since all others are deceased you would have standing to make the move.    As a last resort if you don't get anywhere with the L.A

2015-08-26 moving grandfathers ashes:

What kind of papers did the court have you sign and what was incorrect? I see from the statute that you need permission from the Superior Court and, yes, that will mean hiring a lawyer.

2015-08-13 Transporting body from ohio to missouri:

Go to the Bookstore at and download the Ohio chapter for $5. It will walk you through the steps.    You can build your own casket or purchase one on-line or from a funeral home. Arkwood

2015-08-06 Removing remains of parents to NC:

He said,     "They will have to file an exhumation request with the probate judge who has jurisdiction in the county of burial.  Whether that judge will require anything more than notice to the third sibling

2015-08-06 Removing remains of parents to NC:

SCI is Service Corporation International operating under the "Dignity Memorial" logo. Hard-sell, up-sell. But it sounds as if you have a wonderful sexton to work with. Where in TX? I'll check to see if


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