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Funerals/Revised ed. of Your Book, or Copy of Chapter re: KY Private Cemeteryies


I noted in an earlier answer to another's question about a private cemetery you indicated that you had written a book that was then (2009?) out of print that contained a chapter in reference to this and related subjects in Kentucky, and offering the individual a copy of the specific chapter(s) relating to private cemeteries and Kentucky. I was wondering if you had published the second or subsequent editions of that book, and if so, where such a subsequent edition might be available, or if I would be able to purchase a copy of the book directly from you?

If, however, the newer edition of the book has not as of yet been published, would it be possible to obtain a copy of the relevant chapter(s) of the book, pending publication of the revised edition, and if it would be possible to ask that you might email me when the newer edition is published so that I might be able to acquire it.


Steve Spies

The third edition was published in 2011 -- "Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death" --

You can also download a state chapter from the Bookstore at for only $5.

There are also free state-specific Funeral Consumer Rights pamphlets at


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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.


I have monitored the funeral industry on behalf of consumers for over 20 years. I have been a guest speaker to funeral trade organizations, consumer workshops, and social service professionals. I am regularly consulted by lawyers and legislators as well as journalists.

Funeral Ethics Organization ( Funeral Consumers Alliance (

Caring for Your Own Dead (1987) Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love (1998) I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch (2001) Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (2011) with co-author Joshua Slocum

Masters degree in Administration and Special Education

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