THREE FACTS EVERY CONSUMER SHOULD
KNOW ABOUT DIRECT CREMATION

1) Licensed cremation providers must quote their prices accurately over the telephone and in person. This is a requirement of the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) Funeral Rule.

2) A casket is not required for a direct cremation. Funeral homes and direct disposition establishments (a special license granted by some states) that offer direct cremation must make an alternative container available to individuals who select a direct cremation. Alternative containers can be constructed of cardboard, plywood, other composite wood products, or pouches of canvas or plastic.

3) Embalming is not required for direct cremation. If, however, the direct cremation is delayed because of extenuating circumstances, refrigeration (if offered by the firm) or embalming may be required. Your licensed cremation provider will inform you of state laws or individual firm policies and extra charges that apply to these circumstances.