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Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  49 Ratings  ·  14 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
ebook, 513 pages
Published May 27th 2014 by Upper Access (first published June 1st 2011)
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Grace P.
Aug 27, 2011 Grace P. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really helpful consumer book. I read the first Part and then the chapter on Ohio.
Judy Rockwell
Nov 19, 2011 Judy Rockwell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very important information state by state on requirements for caring for deceased loved ones.
Sue T
Dec 09, 2013 Sue T rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sevenponds
May 20, 2014 Sevenponds rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
R Alexander
Sep 14, 2012 R Alexander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kat
Jun 18, 2014 Kat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: morbid-musings
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
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Erin
Oct 11, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
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.
Jim Giddens
Oct 27, 2012 Jim Giddens rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funeral
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.
Hom Sack
Mar 14, 2014 Hom Sack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As others have said, "A must read".
Dawne
Aug 01, 2014 Dawne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Indispensable handbook on the legal rights of families who wish to care for their dead at home, arranged by state.Also includes information about legislative issues and green disposition.
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.
MoIra Rivas
Jan 05, 2013 MoIra Rivas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A MUST READ - Consumers...open 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.
Sally Kilpatrick
A little preachy, but still an excellent book on the subject.
Kimberly
Oct 25, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great resource. A good portion of it is devoted to burial regulations in each state.
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