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Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  37 ratings  ·  13 reviews
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 ...more
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Published June 1st 2011 by Upper Access
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Joshua Slocum’s and Lisa Carlson’s book, Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, is one part in-depth expose of all things deplorable and funeral, and two-parts step by step manual detailing the different states’ laws regulating this shadowy industry, which in some instances are so ill-conceived and ripe for exploitation as to verge on parody. The authors intend to prepare their readers fully for the choices and hazards they will face when dealing with the funeral industry, but this ...more
Judy Rockwell
Very important information state by state on requirements for caring for deceased loved ones.
Grace P.
A really helpful consumer book. I read the first Part and then the chapter on Ohio.
Sue T
The authors represent the Funeral Consumers Alliance; they may be a little bit alarmist, but mostly they give much useful info on consumers' rights and options when planning funerals (or making funeral-like arrangements) and making accompanying decisions. They give descriptions of various processes used to embalm, inter, cosmetically alter, etc. the corpse. There is also a chapter for each state that summarizes specific regulations about dealing with bodies, funeral home regulations, services th ...more
R Alexander
Most people today when dealing with a funeral home, do not have any idea of the abuse that goes on behind the mortuary doors. We all assume that funeral directors are like clergy... and have our best interest at heart. Funeral directors are first and foremost business owners, which is not bad(every business in entitled to a FAIR profit) unless they prey upon people when they are vulnerable to make EXCESSIVE profits. The book "Final Rights" will help you make good $$$ choices when it comes to fun ...more
This invaluable tome belongs on a bookshelf in every home in America. Throughout my experience in the funeral industry, I've witnessed time & again the naivete of consumers being taken advantage of.

Too many places in this country don't have the regulations in place to protect funeral consumers. Across this nation, places fall through the cracks & the funeral industry holds those communities hostage. People need to know they can stand up & demand the death & memorialization they
Hom Sack
As others have said, "A must read".
Jim Giddens
When a death occurs, involvement of a funeral home is not a requirement. This book is a valuable resource of information for those wishing to handle funeral arrangements themselves. Most of the book is a state-by-state legal guide.
While this book has an obvious author bias the inforamtion in here is so interesting and so startling you should definately read it. The state specific section in the back are also very helpful in knowing what to expect.
MoIra Rivas
A MUST READ - your eyes! As a hospice RN that works with indigent families, being able to furnish them with alternatives to the "norm" is of great value to them.
Julie F
I was more looking for a book about planning a traditional funeral. This book has some info on that but it is more focused on home burial, which isn't relevant for me.
This book is a great resource. A good portion of it is devoted to burial regulations in each state.
Sally Kilpatrick
A little preachy, but still an excellent book on the subject.
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