Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA) is the national organization of which FCIS is a Michigan affiliate. It is the only nonprofit funeral-consumer advocate and watchdog
over the American funeral industry.
At right, Josh Slocum, the director of the FCA,
with Mindy Moore, a supporter and presenter at the 2014 FCA conference.
The Federal Trade Commission Funeral Rule is your consumer guide to purchasing a funeral.
The Green Burial Council is an nonprofit working to encourage environmentally sustainable deathcare and the use of burial as a new means of protecting natural areas. www.greenburialcouncil.org
The Natural Burial Company sells bio-degradable coffins, urns and natural burial goods.
One of the biodegradable wicker coffins available from The Natural Burial Company. Their products can be used with any funeral provider. By law, funeral homes are required to accept a coffin provider by the consumer at no extra charge.
Gravemarkers.info is an informative Web site written by the staff of Memorials.com, a company that sells grave markers and many other memorial. Its stated aim is to help consumers save money by guiding them through the cemetery marketing maze.
Griefnet.org is an internet community of people dealing with grief, death and major loss.
Grief Beyond Belief is an organization facilitating peer-to-peer grief support for atheists, Humanists, and other Freethinkers by providing spaces free of religion, spiritualism, mysticism, and evangelism in which to share sorrow and offer the comfort of rational compassion.
The Compassionate Friends organization offers support to families after a child dies. There are chapters throughout the country.
Griefshare is a network of support groups around the country that help survivors deal with the loss of a loved one.
Undertaken With Love is a free step-by-step home-funeral manual and study guide written by a home-funeral advocates across America.
Home Funeral Info contains a wealth of information on home funerals as well as personal home-funeral stories.
Home Funeral Directory is a directory of home funeral guides across the United States.
National Home Funeral Alliance promotes education/professional development and networking/community building among home funeral guides, green funeral advocates, and all those who support the rights of families to care for their dead.
Crossings is a home funeral and green burial resource center that fosters the integration of dying and after-death care back into our family and community life.
Final Passages provides educational materials, consultations, presentations, referrals and seminars that prepare and support individuals and the community to carry out a family-directed home funeral.
The Natural Death Centre is known for advice on family-led, environmentally friendly funerals and natural burial grounds. It has a more-general aim of helping to improve the quality of dying. This U.K. site is very helpful to U.S. consumers, too.
I'm Sorry to Hear is an independent clearinghouse of nation-wide funeral information and planning tools. The site features a comprehensive database of providers and resources (like FCIS) and is extremely easy to navigate.
Rachel Zeldin, founder of I'm Sorry to Hear, previewed her site at the 2014 FCA conference
END OF LIFE ISSUES
Hospice Foundation of America provides leadership in the development and application of hospice care with the goal of enhancing the U.S. health-care system and hospice's role.
CarePages are free, easy-to-use Web pages that help family and friends communicate when a loved one is experiencing a health challenge. CarePages enable users to send updates to everyone at once, share photos and receive supportive messages.
Lotsa Helping Hands lets users create a free private, Web-based community to support families in times of need. Volunteers can quickly view and sign up for available tasks, review commitments, and receive e-mail reminders of upcoming obligations. www.lotsahelpinghands.com
Compassion & Choices is the leading nonprofit organization committed to helping everyone have the best death possible. They offer free consultation, planning resources, referrals and guidance, and work at a national level to protect and expand options at the end of life.
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) offers information about programs, benefits, research and advocacy work for seniors.
MICHIGAN-SPECIFIC WEB RESOURCES
The Department of Labor and Economic Growth enables you to check the status of a license and whether disciplinary action has been taken by the state against at funeral director, mortuary science licensee, trainee, funeral home or prepaid funeral provider. www2.dleg.state.mi.us
Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Copper Country is a Michigan affiliate of the Funeral Consumers Alliance representing the Upper Penninsula. For more informations, call 906-482-8704 or e-mail dskaggs6404
The State Bar of Michigan's Elder Law and Disability Rights Section provides legal documents, education, information and analysis about a variety of elder law issues, including end-of-life and death care.
Threshold Choir of Ann Arbor honors the ancient tradition of women singing at the bedsides of those who are ill. The free choir visits in small groups, welcoming families to join in song or listen.
COPYRIGHT © 2014 Funeral Consumers Information Society of Michigan
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.
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