FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE OF PRINCETON

50 Cherry Hill Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
609-924-3320   info@fcaprinceton.org


 

2014 FCAP Lecture
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Princeton
 
presents
 
Final Rights in the Final Rite:

You Decide Who Decides!

 

 

  A talk by

 

Mark Samuel Ross

New Jersey lawyer and
New Jersey funeral director
Sunday, April 27, 2:00 p.m.
 
Free & open to the public
Princeton Theological Seminary
20 Library Place, Princeton

 

 
  • Who has the right to make funeral arrangements?
  • How can you avoid family problems?
  • Can you ensure that your wishes are followed?

                  (free parking in lot)

 

Mark Samuel Ross knows that families can come to blows when they don't agree on end-of-life issues. An expert on mortuary law, he can explore the above questions and talk about New Jersey's laws. He has practiced law since 1983, specializing in wills, trusts, probate, mortuary law and more. He is also a second-generation funeral director and, with his wife Robin, runs the Ross' Shalom Chapels in North Jersey.

 

Sponsored by FCAP, the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Princeton, a not-for-profit, all-volunteer, educational organization whose mission is to promote informed advance planning for funeral and memorial arrangements.

For more information: www.fcaprinceton.org       
phone: 609-924-3320          email: info@fcaprinceton.org

 


 

2012-2013 Funeral Home Price Survey

Over 50 funeral homes listed! The results are fascinating, showing the enormous range of fees charged by different funeral homes for the same services. This price information is invaluable for choosing a funeral home and making funeral plans

   Funeral Home Shopping Guide - Introduction and Definitions

   Funeral Homes Price Survey
   Funeral Homes sorted by price of Direct Cremation
   Funeral Homes sorted by price of Immediate Burial

Web Sites of Funeral Homes:

   Not all funeral homes have Web sites. Those that do vary in the amount of information they disclose. Some are easy to view and may help you decide whether they will  meet your needs. Some funeral homes have posted their General Price List, the disclosure mandated by the Federal Trade Commission. It is the most reliable way to compare the charges you will encounter when choosing a funeral home. This list with active links to each is a very convenient way to learn what is available and often to help determine the cost of the services you choose.

  Cemetery Survey 2012

Cemeteries are not regulated by the Federal Trade Commission. At this time there is no way to anticipate the charges or services of cemeteries except by visiting them individually. This represents our first inquiry into the area's cemeteries.

 

 

 

           Plan Ahead
       

                   and
         Rest in Peace

 

    
 

 


What Is FCAP

Funeral Advice You Can Trust

Most people know more about how to buy a car or a major appliance than a funeral, and unlike those purchases, few people research their options or shop around ahead of time. In addition, most people purchase funeral goods and services when they are in the throes of grief after a loved one has died, making them uniquely vulnerable consumers. To compound the problem, the only place most people know to go for advice is the funeral home. And, while most funeral directors are compassionate, caring people, they are all salespeople running for profit businesses.

We Can Help

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Princeton (FCAP) is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit organization that is not associated with the funeral industry. We provide objective support, education and advocacy. We offer tools to empower you to make informed, thoughtful decisions about funeral and memorial arrangements before they are needed.

Did You Know?

  • The average cost of a funeral is $7,323 and that doesnít include the price of the plot, cemetery fees, headstone, obituaries, etc.

  • There are more than 600 funeral homes in NJ, but fewer than 300 are needed to support the death rate.

  • Since few people comparison shop, most donít know that funeral home prices vary greatly, even in the same town. In central NJ, funeral home charges for direct cremation range from $750ó$4,060.

  • If you go to a funeral home the funeral director is required by law to give you a general price list (GPL) that itemizes the costs of all goods and services.

  • If you donít want a viewing or a service in a funeral home, you donít have to use one thatís nearby. This can mean big savings.

  • Embalming is not required by NJ law. 

  • You can keep a body at home for up to 48 hours, giving family a chance to say goodbye in a comfortable, personal place.

  • If you buy a casket at a store or online, funeral homes cannot charge you a handling or other fee. 

  • A safe deposit box is not a good place to store your funeral wishes as they wonít be seen until other arrangements have been made.


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