Funerals/coffin rental


For my father-in-law who  his was waked in NYC we rented a coffin before his cremation, but for my mother who is being waked on Garden city, L.I., the funeral home says it is not legal there. Is this accurate.

That is total horse pitooey and you should tell the funeral director you'll file a complaint with the state board. That said, there are some cremation caskets suitable for viewing that will cost less than a rental. Do some shopping on the internet, then tell the funeral home to get what you want at the price you want or you'll get it yourself.


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Lisa Carlson


Funeral Law. Having written a 512-page book on funeral law for consumers with state-by-state information, I am very conversant with consumer rights in this regard: What are the laws on disposition of cremated remains? Is embalming required? Do I have to use a funeral home? Can I have a home wake? Is it a state law to buy a vault? I prepaid for a funeral but changed my mind. They won`t give me all my money back. What can I do? . . . If you have an immediate need for information because a death has just occurred or is about to occur, you may call me at 802-482-6021.


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