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Category: BLOG-The Daily Dirge

On home funerals and community

—by Dani  LaVoire, vice-president National Home Funeral Alliance We all have an ancestor who made fire with friction, who foraged for food, who birthed her babies surrounded by other women. Each of us alive today has a not-too-distant-ancestor who participated in the ritual cleansing and preparation of the bodies of those who have died. Read more

FCA New, August 2018

August, 2018 Dear friends and supporters, It was a treat to see some of you at our recent national conference in Rochester, New York. Thank you for bringing the enthusiasm, the vision, and the knowledge that made it a great success! If you couldn't come, we've put up a post-convention wrap up page with photos of attendees and events, plus free downloadable presentations from our expert speakers. Read more

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