What to know when choosing shells

Here are some of the questions & answers about burns:

What is the cost of burning a fire?

Basic burns – called direct burns in funeral homes – generally include carrying and transporting body, necessary paperwork, actual burns and ashes in the family, said Joshua Slocum, executive director of the Alliance Funeral customers. , a non-profit advocacy group.

Some funeral homes have their own burner equipment, but others use outside contractors. If an outside provider is used, Mr. Slocum said, consumers should be careful about reviewing fees to ensure they are not billed twice for similar services.

Prices vary by location, he said, but the reasonable amount of direct burns is $ 800 to $ 1,200.

Do not pressure to buy a coffin. No one needs to be turned off, AARP advises.

The Federal Trade Commission states that there is no state or local law that states that the use of a burning coffin and that burial in a home should inform you that other containers – such as those made of uncut wood or even cardboard – are available.

Do I have a memorial service before or after the burn?

No. Activities like visiting hours or memorial service are entirely up to you. Slocum says, "You can do everything, or anything, before the burn. Families sometimes organize events for their informal memories after marriage without being added to the funeral home.

Is the cost of burning available online?

Federal funeral law requires funeral homes to pay for all services, including cremation, telephone or in person. But the rule, which came into force in 1984, does not address the line assessment. Consumer advocates are pushing legislation that renewal of looga requires funeral homes to be put on the list price.

F.T.C., which enforces the law, is scheduled to be reviewed this year, but it is unclear whether that will happen. Earlier this year, the commission said the 10-year review it used was not compulsory, and that the board could change the schedule if they chose.

The commission spokeswoman did not respond to a request for renewal of the review status.

One state, California, requires old-fashioned websites to include online pricing information, or list services and know that prices are available upon request.