Final Rights

Reclaiming the American Way of Death

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 […]

Library Journal says Final Rights is a “boon” for consumers

Posted By on July 11, 2011

We couldn’t ask for a better review from the most important trade publication for libraries: Slocum (executive director, Funeral Consumers Alliance) and Carlson (executive director, Funeral Ethics Organization) offer a guide intended to prepare consumers to deal with what the authors claim is a deceptive and greedy funeral services industry. They look at the components […]

Minnesota undertakers’ trade group thinks it owns your dead body

Posted By on May 29, 2011

In Final Rights we talk about the pervasive attitude in the funeral industry that undertakers have a natural right to the custom and patronage of every grieving family in their town. House Bill 1744 puts that on brazen display. Just a year after activists helped roll back unnecessary legislation that had restricted a family’s right […]

Let’s Get It Started!

Posted By on April 26, 2011

It’s been five years since Lisa Carlson and I started researching and writing Final Rights, and it’s like Christmas morning to have the actual copies in our hands. We hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed writing it. If you’re curious about the book, check out the first chapter, Circling the Hearses, […]