Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death

No fridge?

Posted By on August 12, 2011

8/12/11—Believe it or not a huge number of funeral homes lack the most obvious basic equipment: a refrigerated body storage unit. Why? Historically funeral homes successfully pushed nearly every family into consenting to embalming, the industry’s preferred and profitable form of preservation. But that just won’t fly any more. The cremation is about 38 percent […]

Carlson undercover—shenanigans in Indiana

Posted By on August 5, 2011

-by Lisa Carlson I traveled to Sullivan, Indiana this week to see if I could help a young man fight an outrageous funeral bill. His wife, a housekeeper at a local hotel, died suddenly in June ’09, with no insurance or benefits. She was the sole bread-winner, as he is disabled with a back injury. […]

Bonus material

Posted By on August 5, 2011

Before Final Rights, Lisa Carlson wrote two predecessor books: Caring for your Own Dead (1987) and Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love (1998). We agonized over which material from “Caring 2” to keep and which to leave out in Final Rights. So why not put some of it here? The chapters on […]