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2018 Cost-comparison survey of Vermont funeral homes

How to use this survey CLICK HERE to download the survey in .pdf format. You’d never walk into the nearest car dealership and buy whatever model and options the salesperson recommended, but that’s exactly how most people buy funerals. Most pick a funeral home that’s nearby—even if they’re not going to use it for a viewing or service—or one they have used in the past—even if they were unhappy. Read more

Press covers FCA’s drive to get funeral home prices online

The media coverage is picking up about our recent study of 26 state capitals and the funeral homes doing business in them. We found that only 16 percent of funeral homes with websites posted their complete price lists on their sites. It’s time for the Federal Trade Commission to require funeral homes to put their prices online and join the 21st century by meeting families and customers where they’re shopping. Read more

Conference Preview—Melissa the Modern Mortician

-Joshua Slocum, executive director So, what are the Core Values of the Modern Mortician?  My core values are to be transparent about funeral care, empower families in death, and “lift the veiled hood on the cloak of death”- which can be translated into, “This Mortician will NOT feed you smokey Bull Shit on a mirrored platter.” That’s from a piece written by Melissa Unfred, and it’s one of the reasons she’ll be a featured speaker at FCA’s 2018 National Conference in Rochester June 22-24. Read more

What I’ve Learned as a National FCA Board Member

By Alison Rector In May 2017,  I traveled to Seattle for my third meeting as an FCA board member.  I thought you’d like to read about the work I’m doing on the national board.  I like the work. The FCA board meetings are fun, fast paced, and productive.  Read more