The most common question we get from people when we tell them we build coffins and caskets is “Is it legal?” There is a huge misconception today that it is against the law to for anyone but the funeral industry to make funeral arrangements or handle final disposition of remains. Federal law mandates under the Funeral Rule, the right to choose an outside source for caskets, a funeral home cannot refuse a casket you have purchased elsewhere or charge a handling fee for doing so.
For more information on what’s “legal” and funeral consumer rights please refer to the following link for the Funeral Consumers Alliance and Complying with the Funeral Rule. Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.
Important! - If your goal is to save money on a funeral, it’s not enough to just find a cheaper casket. You also have to shop around among funeral homes to find reasonable service fees. So, don’t stop at finding a good price on a casket, shop around and compare funeral home service prices too.
Note: The funeral home may NOT add a “handling fee” if you purchase a casket on your own.