Funeral Consumer and Burial FAQ

The most common question I get from people when I tell them I have built coffins and caskets is “Is it legal?” There is a huge misconception today that it is against the law to for anyone but the funeral industry to make funeral arrangements or handle final disposition of remains. Let me be clear here that my goal is not to disparage or say anything negative about funeral directors or funeral homes and the services they provide. I am merely trying to educate consumers about the choices that I have discovered over time and provide an alternative for anyone desiring such an alternative. Anytime I have ever dealt with a funeral director he has always been respectful and courteous of my family’s needs and wishes.

For more information on what’s “legal” and funeral consumer rights please refer to the following link for the Funeral Consumers Alliance. Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.

Funeral Consumers Alliance

Funeral Rights Per State:

Planning a funeral? Know your rights.

10 Facts Funeral Directors May Not Tell You

More FAQ from the FCA website:

This information was taken directly from the FCA website listed above.

Why do Americans tend to spend so much on a casket?

Well, you might want a grand display for a day or so. Some are even “more comfortable”—with an innerspring mattress and adjustable head-rest. More likely, however, low-cost caskets simply aren’t on display. So-called “protective” caskets (caskets with a rubber gasket) are supposed to seal, thereby “protecting” the body from “outside elements.” This costs. The rubber gasket used to construct a “sealer” casket costs the industry $8. But that $8 gasket is likely to raise the cost of the casket by $800 or more! And what happens to a body in a “sealed” casket? Instead of the natural dehydration that occurs in most climates, anaerobic bacteria take over and the body putrifies.

NOTE! —There is a great deal of misinformation about the legality of selling caskets to consumers when the seller is not a funeral home, but just a retail store. As of 2014, the only state we know that’s actively barring retail-only casket sales is Oklahoma. If someone (or an article, or a website) claims to you that your state makes it illegal to sell a casket, insist that they produce this law so you can examine it. It’s nearly always a misunderstanding. 

Important! – If your goal is to save money on a funeral, it’s not enough to just find a cheaper casket. You also have to shop around among funeral homes to find reasonable service fees.  So, don’t stop at finding a good price on a casket, shop around and compare funeral home service prices too.

NoteThe funeral home may NOT add a “handling fee” if you purchase a casket on your own.