DAVIDSON MARBLE & GRANITE
Canton, Mississippi


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

For many years, the only place where you could purchase a casket was from a licensed funeral home at a cost that could average in the thousands of dollars. Thanks to a 1994 ruling by the Federal Trade Commission, you, the consumer, has/have the legal right to furnish your own casket to the funeral home at a greatly reduced cost. By providing your own casket, you are saving a major portion of the traditional funeral expenses.

The Federal Trade Commission has ruled that funeral homes can no longer condition the purchase of a casket with the purchase of other funeral goods and services. If you are purchasing a casket from a source other than a funeral home, the funeral home of your choice must use the casket you have provided without duress or embarrassment to you, the consumer.                                               (www.ftc.gov/bcp/rulemaking/funeral/index.htm - Rule 16 C.F.R. Part 453)


What else should you know?

  • You have the right to comparison shop by phone. By law, funeral directors must give you specific answers to specific questions regarding types of services available and pricing for all items.

  • If you inquire in person at a funeral home about arrangements, the funeral director must provide you with a preprinted "General Price List"; a complete itemization of all services offered and the corresponding prices.

  • When you select a funeral home to handle the service portion of the funeral, there is one item on the General Price list that is non-declinable: the basic service fee. The basic service fee is the cost of doing business by the funeral home and does not include any of the other services provided; such as transfer of the remains, refrigeration, embalming, use of the facilities, just to name a few of the many costs for a funeral.

The basic service fee is a discretionary charge that can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. The higher the basic service fee, the higher the overall expenses may be . . . the lower the basic service fee, the more room the consumer has to negotiate.

  • A casket is not required for a direct cremation. An inexpensive alternative container is all that is required.

  • The funeral director must provide an itemized accounting, known as the statement of goods and services, showing the total cost of the funeral merchandise and/or services selected.

  • Funeral providers are strictly prohibited from making any claims that a product or service will indefinitely preserve the remains.

  • Many funeral homes are owned by large corporations. Market research indicates that a corporately owned funeral home tends to have higher funeral costs to the consumer.  Ask your funeral director if the funeral home is independently owned and operated or is it part of large nationwide corporation.

  • Many funeral directors no longer do their own embalming or initial pickup of the remains. Ask the funeral director if he is providing these services or if it is contracted to an outside source. 



In Association with Davidson Marble & Granite Works, Since 1937

Our Prices, Quality, Service and Caring Means Value For You . . . FACT!
If you would like to significantly reduce casket costs for yourself or a loved one, we are the people to do business with . . . FACT!
In 1994, the Federal Trade Commission ruled that you have the right to purchase caskets and other funeral goods from sources other than funeral homes. This ruling also "DENIED" funeral homes from charging a handling fee for caskets bought elsewhere or to increase prices of other services . . . FACT!
How much can you save? Our prices are almost wholesale . . . FACT! 
We offer you a large selection of beautifully crafted caskets for every need and financial situation . . . FACT! 
By providing your own casket through us, you are saving a major portion of the traditional funeral expenses . . . FACT!
The F.T.C. requires that when you purchase a casket from a source other than a funeral home, the funeral home of your choice MUST USE the casket you have provided Without Duress Or Embarrassment to the consumer . . . FACT!
Our casket quality, design and function meets or exceeds other
manufacturers . . .
FACT!
Our prices include free delivery . to the funeral home of your choice within 60 miles of Canton; very modest charges for further distances . . . FACT!
Visit us and see one of the finest casket showrooms in Mississippi . . . FACT!

Davidson Marble & Granite Works
326 Soldier Colony Road
Post Office Box 605 Canton, Mississippi  39046
1-800-844-4624 (601) 859-4624 Fax (601) 859-7802
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