Michigan affiliate of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance

Michigan affiliate of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance






FCIS helps consumers help themselves through education and guidance. We provide free informational pamphlets on a broad range of funeral-related topics, community-awareness presentations, consultations, funeral-home price surveys, consumer-rights advocacy, preplanning forms and much more.


FCIS is one of more than 100 similar groups across the country affiliated with the national Funeral Consumers Alliance, the only nonprofit watchdog over the American funeral industry. FCIS has no attachment to the funeral industry or any religious group. Our membership is open to all Michigan residents.


Simply put, we are a group of people who have learned about planning funerals through personal experience and self-education, and we would like to share our knowledge with you.


FCIS is a 501 (3) C non profit.

EIN: 38-6076800


One hundred percent of us die.


That indisputable fact is why the thousands of us in the 90-plus affiliates of the national Funeral Consumer Alliance are dedicated to the mission of helping consumers navigate this inevitable event in ways that are meaningful, dignified and affordable.


We’re also tireless proponents of dispelling myths (embalming and vaults are not required by law), challenging oppressive funeral law (why is Michigan the only state where a funeral director has to sign the death certificate), championing green cemeteries and burial practices, and encouraging out of the box thinking about death celebrations and rituals.


I can’t think of any other non-profit organization committed to a cause that unquestionably applies to every single human being.


I am particularly keen on cheer-leading for the growing movement to open the conversation about death.


As Charlotte Kitley, the wry and witty 36-year-old Huffington Post blogger who died this year from bowel cancer, wrote, “we need to talk.”


“So, death, dying, kicking the bucket, passing away or taking the stairway to heaven. Call it what you will, with life comes death and inevitably, at some stage we will all die. Yet why are we so reluctant to talk about it?”


Kitley implored her readers to “have an honest think” about how we’d like to be remembered and celebrated. She encouraged us not to wait until we’re in “our rocking chairs in the cheapest nursing home our kids can get away with.”


There's growing evidence that the conversation is, in fact, coming out of the dark, cobweb-lined closet. The Death Cafe movement is growing according this piece by Voice of America. And a recent article in The New York Times, explores the myriad ways younger people, especially, are "coaxing death out of the shadows" and into the vernacular of daily conversation and popular culture.


Let’s keep talking. Because, the truth is, we are all going.




Do you know how to mix a dry martini and do the Macarena?


Kidding. But now that we have your attention, we’re looking for a few good board members. For a lot of reasons, some sad and some happy, we’ve lost a few of our directors during the last year. So we’re more or less working with a skeleton crew (sorry) here at FCIS. And we’ve got big plans, so that just won’t do in the long run.

If you’re game for doing some good work, let us know.




Holly Shreve Gilbert

Interim President, FCIS

Secretary, Funeral Consumer Alliance, Board of Directors




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Funeral Consumers Information Society, also known as FCIS, is a volunteer-run nonprofit  dedicated to helping Michiganians make dignified, meaningful and affordable funeral arrangements since 1961.


In 2006, our mission expanded to advocate for the re-establishment of family rights in after-death care, including family-led home funerals, and to foster sustainable environmental practices, such as green burial, in the state.