Regulation of the funeral industry and enforcement status
This page is a work in progress, with much material on hand but not yet posted.
There have been quite good regulations since 1992, revised in 2004.
Unfortunately the 1992 regulations for Funeral Trusts as to permissible investments and annual reporting to purchasers have never been enforced except in cases of specific consumer complaints. The routine inspections of funeral homes concentrated on whether certain signs were posted, and still does -- see 2004 Priorities (PDF_110KB).
In the summer of 2004 we collected copies of funeral trust
contracts from the most active companies.