Planning a funeral? Know your rights

Planning a funeral can be challenging, whether you’re making arrangements ahead of time, or helping others at a time of need. The Funeral Rule, enforced by the FTC, gives you rights that can make planning a funeral more satisfactory. For example, you have the right to buy separate goods (such as caskets) and services (such as embalming or a memorial service). You don’t have to accept a package that may include items you do not want.

We recently updated our information for consumers about funeral planning:

Paying Final Respects summarizes a consumer’s rights when buying funeral goods and services.

Shopping for Funeral Services is a detailed guide to funerals, goods and services, with a full-page pricing checklist.

You can order free copies at

We also have a series of articles on our site that explain your rights, describe types of funeral products and services, and help you compare providers. You can share, copy or adapt the articles online or in your community.

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How do you go about getting a veterns burial, who do you contact and what documents are required?
What are the cost involved with a veterns burial?

Hi, Geo,

I think you'll find this website about military funeral honors helpful.

Geo, a veteran's burial can be provided at no expense to the Next of Kin and family if buried in a national cemetery. There are no reservations for national cemeteries. The DD-214 (Standard Discharge Form) or any form that states your loved one's discharge from the military other than dishonorable, is necessary to apply for burial in a national cemetery (as well as funeral honors and burial flag). The discharge paperwork must show the date of entry and date of discharge, name, SSN or Service Number, as well as the term "honorable" on it. It is best to go through a funeral home to schedule all of this because it can take time to do so. As a funeral director, I would contact the National Scheduling Office to request burial in a specific National Cemetery. Once accepted, the cemetery calls me back with a schedule and the burial proceeds from there. If you plan a burial in a private cemetery (cemetery other than national), there are Veteran's Administration benefits that you can apply for reimbursement through. Currently, the VA will reimburse up to $1,400 (the cap may have been raised recently so it's best to check with a funeral home or the Veteran's Administration). The reimbursement costs are primarily for cemetery fees and transportation to the place of burial. Other VA benefits include a standard marble or granite headstone, or bronze plaque. If you request a plaque, you will need to purchase a marble or granite base to secure it to through the cemetery. Also, you must check the cemetery's requirements and limitations to their acceptable grave markers. If a private marker has already been purchased, part of the $1,400 reimbursement amount may be applied towards it. If the plaque/headstone was also privately purchased, you may request a military service medallion to be furnished at no cost to be placed on the marker. To obtain the best service for veteran's, please check for the "We Honor Veteran's" symbol on funeral home websites as well as certificates in the funeral home that show the agency participates in this national program. You can visit the We Honor Veteran's page here to find local agencies (hospice and funeral homes) that participate near you:

I already posted a comment, but when I incorrectly entered the code letters and numbers,the comment box came back empty. I would suggest that you make the code words a little more readable so as not to inconvience everyone.
See if you can retrieve my comments as I wouldn't be able to retrieve what I said exactly like I said it the first time.
Just another government waste of time in my estimation at tax payers expense.


Geo, you know what I do when leaving a comment is copy it so if this happens you can go back in the box and paste it and you can do this over and over again as long as you don't cut or copy anything else. Sometimes I'll keep a word document and copy and paste important things I may want to share, ask, or state on several sites. The link above should point you to the info. you need. When my dad died he was given a military burial but you have to call them based on the persons ststus: retired, active duty, reserved, etc. I hope I helped and didn't offend you by answering your questions. A Friend

This is so helpful, the link to the site for this category and all the others are necessary. This was a smart and thoughtful move on your part, keep us updated and call on us when you need the people...

Thanks for helpful info!

This is helpful...people really need this.


you mean, your backyard?


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