Pamphlets and publications

Vermont Advanced Directive forms and registration You may use any of the forms from the organizations listed below or another of your choice.  Vermont law does not favor one form over another:

     Vermont Department of Health

     Vermont Ethics Network

     Vermont Disability Rights

     Vermont Department of Disability, Aging & Independent Living

Your Funeral Comsumer Rights in Vermont

Funeral Consumers Alliance publications and resources:

Before I Go You Should Know available for purchase

Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death book available for purchase

Common Funeral Myths

Consumers Guide to Cemetery Purchases

Cremation Explained

Death Away From Home

Did You Forget?  The Most Important Part of Funeral Planning

Earth Burial: A Tradition in Simplicity (also Dept of Health re home burials in Vermont)

Four-Step Funeral Planning:  Where to Start When You Don’t Know How to Start

Green Burial

How to Help Grieving People

How to Read a Funeral Home Price List

No One Wants to Talk About Death:  How to Help

Organ and Body Donation (also UVM Medical School donation program

Prepaying Your Funeral:  Benefits and Dangers (also Vermont prepaid funeral law)

Ten Tips for Saving Funeral Dollars

Veterans Burial Benefits

Viewing and Visitation, the Difference

What Shall We Do With the Ashes?

What You Should Know About Embalming

From the Federal Trade Commission:

FTC Regulations and more about the FTC Funeral Rule

Funerals: A Consumer Guide

Paying Final Respects:  Your Rights When Buying Funeral Goods & Services

Planning a Funeral? Know Your Rights

Shopping for Funeral Services booklet from the FTC

Other articles and publications of interest:

5 Things You Must Know NOW Before Someone Dies by Gail Rubin from

Dealing Creatively with Death: A Manual of Death Education and Simple Burial, by Ernest Morgan (Hinesburg, VT:  Upper Access Publishing, 2010)

Final Rights:  Reclaiming the American Way of Death, by Lisa Carlson (VT, Upper Access Publishing, 2011)

I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch, by Lisa Carlson (VT, Upper Access Publishing, 2010)

Taking Steps:  Planning for Critical Health Care Decisions from the Vermont Ethics Network

The Greening of Death from Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, Novemer 23, 2011

Is Funeral Home Chain SCI’s Growth Coming at the Expense of Mourners?  from Bloomberg Businessweek magazine, October 24, 2013

Home Funerals Grow As Americans Skip The Mortician For Do-It-Yourself After-Death Care from  Huffington Post, January 25, 2013

Natural Ending:  As interest in ‘green burial’ grows, funeral industry, lawmakers consider regulation from VT Digger, August 18, 2013

Why I Hope to Die at Age 75, by Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanual from The Atlantic, October 2014