Seven Steps

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Seven Steps So You Won't Make A Mistake
From the Federal Trade Commission

1. Shop Around In Advance.

Compare prices from at least two funeral homes. Remember that you can supply your own casket or urn.
2. Ask For A Price List.
The law requires that the funeral home give you written price lists for products and services.
3. Resist Pressure to Buy Goods and Services You Don't Really Need.

4. Avoid Emotional Overspending.
It's not necessary to have the fanciest casket or the most elaborate funeral to honor a loved one.
5. Recognize Your Rights.
Laws regarding funerals and burials vary from state to state. It's a smart move to know which goods or services the law requires and which are optional.
6. Apply the Same Smart Shopping Techniques You Use for Other Major Purposes.
You can cut costs by limiting the viewing to one day or one hour before the funeral and by dressing your loved one in a favorite outfit instead of costly burial clothing.
7. Plan Ahead.
It allows you to comparison shop without time constraints, creates an opportunity for family discussion, and lifts some of the burden from your family.