In times of loss and grief, consumers can be more vulnerable to fraud. DPOR provides the following guidelines about cemeteries it regulates, so you will be better prepared and informed when faced with difficult decisions surrounding the loss of loved ones.
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DPOR regulates only for-profit cemeteries that provide perpetual care, as well as those that sell pre-need burial contracts (paid in advance) and are required to maintain trust fund accounts. Family-owned, non-profit, and church cemeteries, as well as those owned and operated by the state or localities, are exempt from licensure.
Perpetual care means the proper care, maintenance, embellishment, and reasonable administration of the cemetery grounds and buildings.
State law requires every licensed cemetery to provide a written General Price List (PDF) of all charges for services and property it offers, as well as an itemized statement of charges incurred for burial vaults, facilities, and other professional services.
The Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers is responsible for regulating funeral directors, funeral establishments and crematories. That Board is housed at the Department of Health Professions. More information is available calling (804) 367-4479, or by visiting the Department of Health Professions.
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