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All about the Funeral Rule

By Erica Lamberg
Funeral directors are required by federal law to provide price information for goods and services. Andrea Piacquadio / Pexels

Funeral providers are required by federal law to provide price information for goods and services. This is to protect consumers and ensure they can make informed decisions.

The Funeral Rule, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), ensures that people can choose only those goods and services they need and want, and also protects people by ensuring that they pay only for what they select. This protection applies whether arrangements are made in advance or after a death happens. The Funeral Rule also encourages comparing prices among funeral homes.

Understanding the scope of the Funeral Rule

This protection is enforced so consumers are not tricked, persuaded or led by emotion.

The Funeral Rule gives consumers the right to:

Get a written summary of purchases

An added level of protection provided by the Funeral Rule is that consumers must receive a written statement after you decide what you want, and before you pay. The FTC stresses that it should outline what you are buying, and the exact cost of each service or product.  

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