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Funeral Advice You Can Trust
You probably know a lot more about how to buy a car or a refrigerator than a funeral. And while you would check reviews and shop around for those things, it probably never crossed your mind that you could or should shop around for a funeral, right?
Most people use the funeral home they used before – even if they weren’t happy, and the rest use the one nearest one – though being nearby doesn’t tell you a thing about whether they’re good or charge reasonable prices.
And, where do most people go to get advice about funeral planning? A funeral home. And, while most funeral directors are compassionate, caring people, they are salespeople running a for-profit business!
Did You Know?
Prices vary enormously from one funeral home to the next – even for the same things.
- Direct cremation ranges from $795 to $5,065!
- A plain cardboard cremation box can cost you $20 or $671!
- Driving the body to the funeral home? $175 to $785!
- A graveside service? $100 to $1,295!
You shop online for almost everything, but you can’t with this because fewer than 10% of NJ funeral homes post their prices online.
The Federal Trade Commission says they have to give you a price list if you show up in person, but try to get them to email you one – it’s not so easy. Can you imagine calling a restaurant and asking them to send you a menu and being told “The menu is really too complicated for the layperson to understand” or “we don’t give out the menu unless you come in person to get it.” That’s what we hear over and over.
But, lucky you – You found us!
We can give you the information you need to have the funeral you want, for the price you want. Go the top menu and start reading!
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.