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What You Need to Know Before You Go and How FCA Can Help

Trying to plan a funeral or cremation, but don’t know where to start? 
We are the only 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer’s right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral. We offer education and advocacy to consumers nationwide and are not affiliated with the funeral industry. This website is full of information and advice to help you plan ahead. Start with these 29 free articles packed with tips!

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     Just $12 Get it all together in one place with our Before I Go, You Should Know © funeral planning kit. Each kit comes with a 16-page fill-in booklet for your final wishes, plus Advance Directives specific to your state. If you’re wondering how to talk to your family about your funeral plans, this kit will help. With hundreds of thousands in print, we’ve seen first-hand how careful planning and candid family talk can make a tough time more manageable, and less expensive.

  • Want to know who has the right to carry out your funeral wishes? See our Personal Preference and Designated Agent law page.

  • Want to know even more? Final Rights is the definitive book on the modern funeral industry. Written by FCA executive director Josh Slocum and Funeral Ethics Organization leader Lisa Carlson, Final Rights combines journalistic investigation with practical consumer advice. The only book of its kind, Final Rights unveils the tricks of the funeral trade (and how to avoid them) while calling out government regulators who dance to the $15-billion death industry’s tune when they’re supposed to be protecting you, the funeral consumer.

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