About Funeral Consumers Alliance
Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral.
- To accomplish that goal, the FCA:
Offers pamphlets and newsletters on funeral choices to increase public awareness of funeral options, including how to care for your own dead without using a funeral home
Monitors funeral industry trends and practices nationally and exposes abuses
Serves as a consumer advocate for legal and regulatory reform, giving advice on or lobbying for necessary changes locally, state-wide, or nationally
Serves as a credible source of information for media covering death and dying
Works with national organizations sharing similar concerns to expand families’ choices and control over funeral options
Gives advice and guidance to local memorial and funeral planning societies
Refers people to local funeral planning societies and regulatory agencies
Helps 70 funeral planning societies stay in touch with each other and exchange ideas
The FCA Board of Directors comes from all around the United States, and has adopted these Bylaws governing FCA’s operations.
Our affiliates are nonsectarian, nonprofit, educational organizations. They were first started in the late 1930s (known then as Memorial Societies) because of two influences: the depression and the increasing cost of funerals due to the use of embalming and more elaborate manufactured caskets. There are now about 70 nonprofit funeral-planning groups across the US.
Many FCA affiliates, with the help of their volunteers, do a price survey of area mortuaries. Some have been able to negotiate a discount at participating funeral homes, sort of like a cooperative buyers’ club. Some focus on education and advocacy only. Joining and supporting a local FCA group will help you save thousands of dollars on unnecessary funeral costs while ensuring we can protect a consumer’s last rights in your neighborhood and around the country.
FCA helps 70 funeral planning societies stay in touch with each other and exchange ideas
FCA and its affiliates are spread out across the United States, with a local FCA presence in 46 states