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Federal & State Government resources:

The Federal Trade Commission's "Funerals: A Consumer Guide"
view as a web page www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro19.shtm
view as a .pdf file www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/products/pro19.pdf

The Federal Trade Commission's "Complying with the Funeral Rule"
view as a web page www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/adv/bus05.shtm
view as a .pdf file www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/business/adv/bus05.pdf

New York State Department of Health's "A Consumer's Guide to Arranging a Funeral" www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/consumer/patient/funeral.htm

New York State Department of Health's "Before Prepaying Your Funeral, Know Your Rights" www.health.state.ny.us/nysdoh/hospital/payfuner.pdf

New York State Division of Cemeteries web site is located at http://www.dos.state.ny.us/cmty/cemetery.html - it has information about regulation of cemeteries regulated by the Cemetery Board

New York State Cemetery Complaint Form (as a .pdf file) is located at www.dos.state.ny.us/forms/cemeteries/1483.pdf

The Bureau of Funeral Directing is part of The New York State Department of Health, located at www.nyhealth.gov - To search their site for information in Spanish and English, type Funeral in the Search field on their website.

New York State Appointment of Agent to Control Disposition of Remains Form (as a .pdf file) is located at http://www.health.state.ny.us/professionals/funeral_director/

New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) web site is located at: www.dos.state.ny.us/foil2.html It explains the law and how to obtain government records. For example to obtain a copy of the Cemetery Board approval for a cemetery rule, regulation, price or charge make a written FOIL request to the NYS Dept.of State, Division of Cemeteries. 41 State Street, Albany, NY 12231.

Veterans Administration Burial and Memorial Benefits www.cem.va.gov

Non-Governmental Websites:

The National Funeral Consumer’s Alliance Website www.funerals.org

IMPORTANT! The following are links to web sites that are not affiliated with The Funeral Consumer Alliance of L.I./NYC. We have no connection to and make no endorsement of these sites or their content.

AARP Website & AARP Bulletin search for funeral information

New York StateWide Senior Action Council ww.nysenior.org

The Hospice Care Network - Their mission is to enable persons to live with peace and dignity in a caring environment during the final stages of life by offering care and comfort both to them and to those with whom they share their lives. www.hospicecarenetwork.org