Did you know that the federal government regulates funeral homes? I don’t remember seeing that power mentioned in the Constitution, but…
Yes, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) mandates that people shopping for burial and cremation services must be provided certain information and must be provided itemized price lists for services and caskets so they can compare apples to apples as they shop. For example, prices must be provided over the phone as well as in person, and the funeral home must explain that embalming isn’t always required (no state laws requires routine embalming for every death).
But the FTC isn’t sure how well its rules are actually working, and is asking for your input as to whether the Rule is still needed and what your shopping experience was like.
You can learn more about the FTC’s Funeral Rule and give your input by clicking here.