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Summer, 2021 upcoming workshops

Direct Cremation Online—A discussion with Cremstar.com CEO JG Sandom When: Thursday, June 10, 7:30 pm Eastern, 2021
Where: Zoom Cremstar.com sells direct cremations to consumers with all arrangements and payment taking place over the Internet. Read more

Online classes from Peoples Memorial Association, May 2021

Peoples Memorial Association is a charter founding member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance federation, based in Seattle. They have a number of online workshops coming up! To sign up, go here. —5/25: The Story of Green Burial (presented by Brian Flowers from Moles Farewell Tributes)
—5/26: Aquamation and Evelyn (presented by Rachel LeBlanc from The Co-op Funeral Home)
—5/27: Choosing Natural Organic Reduction (presented by Morgan Yarborough from Recompose)
—5/28: Epilogues: Talking Death in Books (conversation between myself and Nancy Slote from Seattle Public Library followed by facilitated discussion with attendees) FacebookTwitterLinkedinPinterest 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

Washington state—funerals as much as 7 times more expensive at some funeral homes

How to save hundreds of dollars on funeral expenses With the unemployment rates still on the rise and household incomes decreasing, access to affordable funeral services is more important than ever. A comprehensive survey of funeral home prices in Washington State shows that a family can save hundreds to thousands of dollars on funeral services by simply shopping around.  Read more