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Author: Josh Slocum

FCA Conference 2021

FCA Online Conference 2021—Friday, October 15 through Sunday, October 17, 2021 ALL EVENTS TAKE PLACE BY VIDEO ON ZOOM~YOU WILL RECEIVE AN EMAIL FROM US WITH LINKS TO YOUR MEETINGS Friday, October 15 (three presentations)—REGISTER FOR FRIDAY OR ALL THREE DAYS Opening Remarks (1 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern) Join FCA executive director Josh Slocum for a discussion of various funeral-related topics including:
-changes to the Federal Trade Commission’s Funeral Rule
-the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s reimbursement program for funeral costs for COVID-related deaths
-state funeral regulatory boards; what use are they really to consumers? Read more

2021—FCA and CFA release study on state funeral board websites

Funeral Consumers Alliance and the Consumer Federation of America have released a report on the websites of state funeral regulatory boards. The report found that 33 states offered little or no helpful consumer information about consumer rights, price disclosures, or the terms of prepaid funeral contracts. Read more

Support online funeral pricing in Georgia

Hats off to Georgia legislator Marvin Lim, and to the Memorial Society of Georgia and the FCA of Georgia. Rep. Lim has introduced House Bill 525, which would require funeral homes with websites to post their General Price List prominently on that site. Read more

5 Tips for controlling funeral costs

—Special thanks to the Consumer Federation of America for making this brochure possible. Making funeral arrangements at the last minute can be stressful, expensive, and disappointing in terms  of services received. Planning ahead can provide the following benefits: —Significant cost savings, quite possibly cutting funeral costs by half. Read more

2021-Virginia Bill favors embalmers, limits competition

Senate Bill 1424 would require any funeral home manager to be a licensed embalmer. This restriction serves no consumer protection purpose. Instead, it protects and favors embalmers (as compared to non-embalmer funeral directors) who do not want job competition from non-embalmers. Read more

Videos—For FCA Affiliates

VIDEO LIBRARY—For FCA Affiliates Our video library features a variety of topics on the nuts and bolts of running a funeral consumers organization. Some are free, others are available to buy. Free videos show a player screen you can click on. Paid videos show a password screen (there’s a purchase link under these videos). Read more