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Lisa Carlson

Executive Director,
Funeral Ethics Organization
Home Funeral Expert
Author, Final Rights

Lisa Carlson is a full-time consumer activist and sometime hell raiser, working on behalf of Americans to protect their rights in dealing with the funeral industry. 

She is currently the executive director of the Funeral Ethics Organzation (FEO), a group promoting ethical practices within the funeral industry.

Prior to FEO, she served as executive director of the nonprofit Funeral Consumers Alliance. She is the author of 3 books on funeral law, helping consumers understand their rights and avoid exploitation by the funeral industry.

Ms. Carlson lobbies for reform of federal and state laws and regulations, asking for more rigorous enforcement of existing protections. She is a popular public speaker, well-known for injecting hilarious and sometimes irreverent humor, helping her audiences be more receptive to the subjects most of us prefer to avoid.

She has appeared on hundreds of national and local television and radio programs and frequently testifies before legislative and regulatory panels as an expert witness in court cases on behalf of consumers. 


Ms. Carlson is the author or four books: Caring For Your Own Dead, I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch, her landmark book Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love, and her most recent book, co-authored with Joshua Slocum, Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death, is the ultimate handbook for consumer issues.

For more information or to contact Lisa Carlson, visit the Funeral Ethics website, or email her.

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