Benefits of Membership

The Funeral Consumers Assoc. (FCA) of Tampa Bay is an association of consumers from all walks of life, who want a simple, dignified alternative to the elaborate and increasingly costly funeral services promoted by the funeral industry.

There are many benefits of membership in the Association:

  • The Association has literature and information on a wide range of affordable funeral options. Few people are aware, for example, that in most states a family may handle all or most funeral arrangements without a funeral director.

  • The Association has an agreement with an undertaker in the community who will provide dignified, inexpensive services for a predetermined cost. As an Association member, you can take advantage of these low-cost options.

  • You receive a Final Arrangements Form when you join. This document allows you to indicate detailed funeral planning. You may designate your preference as to the disposition of your body at the time of death — burial, cremation, or body donation. You can plan in detail the service you wish. Often this form facilitates the family's discussion of a difficult subject, which then leads to understanding and peace of mind.

  • Your contributions and support ensure that others, including your survivors, will have a consumer advocate in funeral planning for years to come.
There are many other benefits, as well:

  • The FCA of Tampa Bay keeps members up-to-date through a newsletter published several times a year, so that your decisions will be based on complete, accurate information.

  • We are associated with the Funeral Consumers Alliance which serves as a clearing house for consumer complaints in funeral transactions and can assist you in filing a complaint with the appropriate state and federal agencies. Our organization serves as your advocate.

  • Through publicity and educational materials, our Association acts to increase consumer awareness about funeral practices and problems. We have speakers available to address interested groups, including Hospice, Agencies on Aging, and church groups.

  • We monitor state and federal funeral legislation, advocating for consumer protection in funeral affairs. This activity benefits both members and non-members alike.

  • We keep members informed of the need for anatomical gift-giving. Forms and procedures are provided for consenting to the use of organs, tissues or bodies for transplant, teaching, and research.

  • Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care forms are also available to members who are concerned about death with dignity.

The only cost to join the FCA of Tampa Bay is a small lifetime membership donation of $30 per individual or $50 per family (parents & children under 18).


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