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Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (edition 2011)

by Joshua Slocum, Carlson Lisa (Author)

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Title:Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death
Authors:Joshua Slocum
Other authors:Carlson Lisa (Author)
Info:Upper Access, Inc. (2011), Paperback, 512 pages
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Tags:burial, funerals, funeral industry, consumer rights, law, FTC, state law, cremation, family-directed funeral, home burial

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Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death by Joshua Slocum

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This book updates two others by Lisa Carlson – 'Caring for Your Own Dead' (1987) and 'Caring for The Dead: Your Final Act of Love' (1997). This latest edition reflects twenty five years of legal battles, and explores popular trends towards cremation and more recently, 'green' (or actually, plain 'old-fashioned') burials, mainly with reference to the legal apparatus built up by the funeral industry over the past century.

The largest part of the book is a state-by-state compendium of legal and practical advice about how to save money and become more actively involved in choosing what to do when a loved one has died. The 'family-directed funeral' and 'home burial' are the tacit gold standard, but with their years of experience Lisa Carlson and Joshua Slocum have learned to appreciate the role that funeral directors can and generally do play. Their chapter about 'Complaints,' for example, is mostly about how complainers often get carried away, when the actual missteps and misleading salesmanship are just a part of the actual service that funeral homes provide.

More than anything, this book is a call for a better funeral industry, with more consumer's rights and a recognized place for families and congregations who want to 'do it themselves.' ( )
  kofu | Dec 25, 2012 |
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  CCMS | Jun 16, 2011 |
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Abuse of consumers by the funeral industry has only worsened in the decades since Jessica Mitford's landmark expose The American Way of death.Families are exploited financially at a time of intense grief, prepaid funeral money vanishes into thin air. Body parts are sold on the black market. In eight states, families are denied the healing that can come from personal involvement in caring for their dead.But a funeral consumer movement is awakening. As with natural childbirth and hospice, Americans are asserting their right to take charge of a major event in their lives. Many still want the help of a funeral director-but to assist, not to direct. And many are handling it themselves, with home burials, green burials, or direct arrangements with a crematory.Joshua Slocum and Lisa Carlson are the two most prominent leaders of that movement. In Final Rights, they provide the information consumers need to take back their rights under existing law, while proposing legal changes that could benefit all Americans who will plan or pay for a funeral.

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Discusses the flaws and corruption in the funeral and burial industry in the United States, from exorbitant funeral costs to black market sales of body parts, and provides legal guidelines to burial rights and trends in legal reform.

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