Q: What can you do if the loved one dies far from Colorado?
A: Many Coloradans go on vacation in the winter or move for the job away from home. Therefore, it’s understandable why people die away from Colorado. Dealing with the trauma at the time of death is incredibly difficult, and it’s even more challenging when it happens away from home.
Also, if shipping the body inside the state or outside the U.S. is possible, the expenses are very high. The professional fee for the funeral director to handle the collection of the body at the place of death, making the arrangements for shipping, and solving the documentation can go over $3,000. Be aware that the sum doesn’t even contain the freight charge.
Therefore, many people opt for cremating the body at the place of death, shipping the ashes later on.
Q: What benefits do the Colorado laws offer to veterans?
A: If a veteran or spouse of a veteran dies, the Veterans Administration can assist. The veterans who were honorably discharged obtain a burial in the national/state veteran cemetery. This benefit alone can reduce funeral spending a lot.
The national veteran’s grave in Colorado is located at Fort Logan in Denver, whereas Grand Junction is home for the state cemetery “Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado.”
Every county in Colorado has Veterans Service Offices, guiding people when requesting for veteran’s benefits.
Q: Does the Colorado law allows whole-body donation?
A: More and more people find it very challenging to cover the expenses even for direct cremation, so “no-cost” cremation is an alternative for many. Therefore, the family offers the body to an anatomical gift program, which ensures “free” cremation in return. Cremation takes place after the body donation is completed.
However, donating the body for medical research and science is a fantastic way to give something back, and the elimination of funeral expenses is merely an extra-benefit.
Q: What legal steps should you follow when complaining about a funeral home in Colorado?
A: In all fairness, the majority of funeral homes are reliable and don’t disappoint their clients. However, accidents may happen.
Should you have a complaint about the funeral services ensured by a funeral home, the first step to take is to talk with the funeral director. If you cannot agrees, you should proceed with getting in touch with the Colorado Funeral Directors Association (CFDA), which is a voluntary trade association.
Getting in touch with the Funeral Consumer Society of Colorado is another viable option. They’re another non-profit organization certified by the National Funeral Consumers Alliance, supporting the consumer rights when purchasing funeral products and services in the state of Colorado.