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About the Funeral Consumers Alliance

The Funeral Consumer Alliance, an alliance of local nonprofit advocates, offers clear and objective facts about funerals so that families can go into the funeral planning process equipped with all the information they need to save money as well lay their loved ones to rest. The FCA's mission is to inform families of all the rights they have when planning a funeral. The FCA also monitors the funeral industry, ensuring that funeral homes practice fairly and provide quality and humane services.

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Everything You Want To Know About Embalming…And Even the Things You Don't
What is embalming? Embalming is the treatment of a deceased individual to temporarily preserve and forestall decomposition. In 1867, chemist August Wilhelm von Hofmann discovered formaldehyde, replacing the use of arsenic in the 20th century, and became the foundation for modern methods of embalming. Modern embalming cocktails contain a mixture ...
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Funeral Assistance for Those ...

Funeral Assistance for Those Who Need It
Funerals today are very expensive and not everyone is able to afford them. Because of this some states offer burial or cremation assistance or benefits for indigent persons or families without a means to pay for funeral expenses for a loved one who received welfare of social service benefits. Indigent ...
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Everything You Need to Know About Death Certificates
Photo: Alan Crawford, Getty Images When a loved one dies, you'll need to order death certificates to submit to certain agencies to shut down accounts or collect benefits. But how many death certificates should you order? Below you'll learn about the purpose of death certificates, typical uses, how to order ...
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Closing Bank and Financial ...

Closing Bank and Financial Accounts After Death
When a death occurs in the family, aside from the emotional turmoil, family members and living loved ones are also faced with the problem of legal issues, especially pertaining to open financial accounts. So how do you close a bank account or a credit card account of someone who has ...
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