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FTC Embalming and the GPL

  The second FTC Funeral Rule disclosure tells consumers that the law does not require embalming. The statement funeral service providers should include should read as follows:

"Except in certain special cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing. If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require you to pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial."

Funeral service providers do not need to include the phrase "except in certain special cases" if state or local law in the area where they do business does not require embalming under any circumstances. If they want to add information about state law requirements, they can do so after the FTC disclosure. This disclosure should be placed in immediate conjunction with the price for embalming.

"In immediate conjunction" means that the embalming disclosure must appear directly next to the price for embalming. The funeral service provider should not put the disclosure on a separate page or anywhere else on the GPL apart from the embalming price. (See the sample GPL for more details.)

 

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