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Advocacy Summit Attendees to Urge Congress to Update the Funeral Rule

Posted: February 10, 2014

The 2014 NFDA Advocacy Summit, which will be held March 4-6 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., will give NFDA members an opportunity to meet face-to-face with their Congressional representatives and discuss an issue of critical importance to funeral service. At this year's event attendees will help their representatives and senators understand why the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Funeral Rule, which has been interpreted as only applying to a business that sold both funeral goods and services, needs to be updated to include all sellers of funeral services and merchandise, including cemeteries, crematories, internet sellers and retail stores.

The marketplace for funeral goods and services has changed dramatically since the Funeral Rule was first promulgated in 1984; however, the Funeral Rule has not been revised or updated to address these significant changes.

When the Funeral Rule was first promulgated, the funeral home was the primary source of funeral goods and services for the funeral consumer. However, funeral consumers now have a much greater variety of funeral service or funeral merchandise sellers to choose from including cemeteries, crematories, internet sellers and retail stores. Consumers who purchase funeral goods and services from somewhere other than a funeral home are not afforded the protections of the Funeral Rule, putting them in a vulnerable position.

To address this situation, NFDA members will work to convince Congress to pass legislation that would require the FTC to update the Funeral Rule to reflect the current for-profit marketplace options for consumers and afford them the same protections they have under the Funeral Rule when dealing with funeral homes.

To learn more, download an issue brief on this important topic.

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