To direct the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules to prohibit unfair or deceptive acts or practices related to the provision of funeral goods or funeral services.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Bereaved Consumer's Bill of Rights Act of 2011''.
SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
Congress finds that-- (1) there have been shocking consumer abuses in the funeral industry, including scandals at Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Illinois, Menorah Gardens Cemetery in Palm Beach, Florida, and the Tri State Crematory in Noble, Georgia; (2) funeral arrangements are a major expense for most American households and families; (3) some consumers seek to ease the burdens on their families by arranging and paying for pre-need funeral and cemetery arrangements; (4) most funerals are planned by grieving family members at a time when they are especially vulnerable and unlikely to focus on cost comparison; (5) the Federal Trade Commission's Funeral Industry Practices Trade Regulation Rule (known as the Funeral Rule) dictates consumer protections in the funeral home, but does not cover the practices of cemeteries, crematoria, or sellers of monuments, urns, or caskets; (6) State laws are inconsistent and frequently too weak to provide adequate consumer protections, creating a need for minimum Federal standards in this area; (7) consumers have the right to receive clear and accurate information about all funeral goods and funeral services offered for sale; (8)...