Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death

Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death

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Overview

Decades after Jessica Mitford stunned America with vivid accounts of corruption and abuse in the death industry, not much has improved. Families are manipulated into buying expensive goods and services they don't need or want. Prepaid funeral money vanishes into thin air. Body parts are sold on the black market. Eight states force families to pay a funeral director even if they conduct a home funeral with no need for help. But a consumer movement is no awakening, and Americans are asserting their rights over a key part of life, just as they did in the past with the natural childbirth and hospice movements. The two most prominent leaders of that movement are the authors of this book: Joshua Slocum, executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance, and Lisa Carlson, executive director of Funeral Ethics Organization. Here they join forces to expose wrongdoing, inform consumers of their rights, and propose legal reforms. The book includes state-by-state summaries of laws, regulations, services, and consumer concerns.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780942679342
Publisher: Upper Access, Inc.
Publication date: 06/15/2011
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 360,318
Product dimensions: 5.86(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Joshua Slocum is executive director of Funeral Consumers Alliance, a national consumer advocacy group with over 90 chapters nationwide. FCA is the primary watchdog over consumer abuses by the funeral industry.Lisa Carlson, a former executive director of FCA, is now executive director of Funeral Ethics Organization, a nonprofit working with the funeral industry to improve ethical standards and consumer protections.

Table of Contents

3 Caskets, Other Boxes,

48 (9)

4 Embalming - A beautiful memory picture? 57 (10)12 5

67 (13)12 6 Preneed Sales - It's NOT "

80 (14)12 7 Body Parts - Big business,

94 (4)12 8 Federal Trade Commissi

98 (15)12 9 Filing an E

113 (8)12 10 Mor

121 (7)12 11 Home Funerals

128 (11)12 12 Green Burial - What they

139 (10)11 Part 2 Funeral Law and R

149 (350)13 In Alabama

In Alaska 166 (5)13 In Arizona 171 (8)13 In Arkansas

179 (7)13 In California 186 (9)13 In Colorado 195 (7)13 In Connecticut 202 (7)13 In Delaware 209 (7)13

216 (4)13 In Fl

220 (7)13 In Ge

227 (5)13 In Haw

232 (5)13 In Idaho

In Illinois

In Indiana 250

In Iowa 258 (7)

In Kansas 265 (6)13 In Kentucky 2

In Louisiana

In Maine 2

In Maryland

In Massac

296 (12)13 In

308 (9)13 In

317 (6)1

In Mississippi 323

In Missouri 330

In Montana 337 (4

In Nebraska 341

In Nevada 349 (

In New Hampshire 356 (6

In New Jersey 362

In New Mexico 369

In New York 374 (9

In North Carolina

In North Dak

389 (5)13 In Ohio

In Oklahom

401 (8)13 In Oregon 409

In Pennsylvania 4

In Rhode Island

In South Car

430 (7)13 In South Dak

437 (6)13 In Tennessee

443 (6)13 In Texa

449 (8)13 In Utah 4

In Vermont 4

In Virginia 469 (

In Washington 475 (6)

In West Virginia 481 (7)

In Wisconsin 488 (5)13

493 (6)01 A

A Ethical

499

B Information Ne

503 (2)01 Index 505

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