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Helping consumers when there’s no FCA/cooperating funeral home

Does your funeral consumer group get calls from people outside your service area looking for help, but there’s no FCA group where the caller lives? Do you get queries from your own members who have moved to an area where there is either no FCA group, or where the new FCA group does *not* have member-only discounts like your group does? Read more

Conference 2021-Recordings

FCA Conference 2021 Recordings of Live Events and Discussion Opening remarks on FCA’s public policy project with executive director Josh Slocum
BUY THIS VIDEO Jewish Funeral Traditions with David Zinner
BUY THIS VIDEO A Complete One-Year Guide to Doubling Your Fundraising, with Josh Slocum
BUY THIS VIDEO Alkaline Hydrolysis with Jason Bradshaw
BUY THIS VIDEO The Pros and Cons of Contracting with Funeral Homes for Member Discounts, with Rod Stout
BUY THIS VIDEO Tax-Sheltering Prepaid Funeral Money with Victoria Haneman
BUY THIS VIDEO Veterans’ Burial Benefits with Larry Provost of the National Cemetery Administration
BUY THIS VIDEO Natural Organic Reduction (composting) with Anna Swenson of Recompose
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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