We conduct a Price Survey of funeral homes and crematoria every other year to aid consumers when planning needed services. Our intent is to provide information about the price differentials across those providing funeral home services and cremation in Vermont, to track price increases, and to confirm whether or not the information provided reflects compliance with both Vermont statutes and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules. You may view the 2013 Vermont Price Survey for the entire state of Vermont here: 2013 Vermont Price Survey The price surveys for each Vermont county are below.
We endeavor to provide accurate information of the least expensive options base on our reading of the General Price Lists which funeral homes have sent us. If you have questions about this information, would like to discuss the results, or would like to assist with FCA-VT’s 2015 Price Survey, please contact FCA-VT board president, Alexandra Thayer at (802) 454-1131.
Because prices change frequently, and those listed in the Price Survey reflect the most basic services and prices, consumers making arrangements for funeral services should be sure to receive and sign a full written agreement prior to service provision stating all costs ordered. It is required by both the FTC and Vermont law that funeral directors provide such a written contract. We recommend that consumers access the pamphlet, “How to Read a Funeral Price List (GPL)” from the national Funeral Consumers Alliance website; here is a link.
For current information about a funeral business, we recommend that you do an internet search on the funeral home name, town, and state. Contact information should be available. Not all funeral homes have a website or have a price list on-line, so you may need to call the funeral home or crematory and ask them to send you their current price list. NOTE: Four high cost funeral homes in Windham and Windsor counties are now owned by Service Corporations International (SCI), a huge Wall Street chain of funeral homes. See also Is Funeral Home Chain SCI’s Growth Coming at the Expense of Mourners?
As you read our price survey, you may want to refer to this list of service categories in the price survey and what they mean.