The Memorial Society, Inc., 66 Marlboro Street, Boston, Mass. 617-859-7990

Regulation of the funeral industry and enforcement status

This page is a work in progress, with much material on hand but not yet posted. 

Pre-paid funerals

There have been quite good regulations since 1992, revised in 2004.

1992 Regulations (PDF 839KB)

2004 Regulations (HTML 80KB)

Funeral Trusts

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.

Cooperative Funeral Fund, Inc.
New England Funeral Trust
BankNorth -- coming soon

Protecting a consumer's right to choose a dignified, meaningful, affordable funeral