Cremations are becoming more popular. There are many reasons for this: 1) they are often less expensive than more funeral options, 2) they are considered to be environmentally friendly, and 3) they can allow you to keep your loved one’s remains close by.
However, for many people, the process can be confusing. This is especially so if they are not familiar with the process of cremation and the laws governing the ‘who and how’ of cremations.
Unfortunately, some people have been scammed by those who prey upon them at a vulnerable time. To help you become better informed and better protected, we want to share these cremation tips with you to avoid fraud:
- Find out how a crematory identifies the body before and after the cremation process. Reliable and trustworthy funeral homes and crematories have systems in place to avoid misidentification. Keep in mind that your request to view the body and then the ashes may be prohibited by state law.
- If you request basic cremation services, request a price list so that you can check that against the crematory quote you receive.Cremation scams can include charging for services, such as embalming, that are not required.
- Do not let any funeral or cemetery counselor pressure you into signing on the dotted line.
Trustworthy funeral and crematory directors are caring, experienced professionals who know that this is a difficult time for most families. They understand that you can be overwhelmed by the decision and options concerning how to handle your loved ones remains.
Your choices are meaningful and personal. Don’t let others trick you into purchasing a service or good that is not appropriate for you. It’s smart to take the time you need to find out what your state regulations are concerning cremations, and funerals, too.
Most states have a department of consumer affairs that offer guides to help you understand the laws governing funerals and cremations.
In California, you can visit the California Department of Consumer Affairs Cemetery and Funeral Bureau at http://www.cfb.ca.gov/consumer/funeral.shtml.
We invite you to visit us at SRMP.org for our comprehensive cremation guide. You can also call us at 707-542-1580.