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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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Removing the Deceased After ...

Removing the Deceased After Death: What You Need to Know
The hours and days following a loved one’s death can be extremely difficult. Though the loved ones of the decedent may be struggling emotionally to accept the loss, they must also begin taking the first steps of the funeral process. One of the first steps in the process, from a ...
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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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Top Non-Religious Rituals for ...

Top Non-Religious Rituals for Celebrations of Life
One of the best parts of being a Funeral Celebrant is helping families think of Rituals for the Ceremony. Some of these create interaction with the guests attending. Words and music are important; however, the Rituals are something visual that almost everyone remembers. People will often comment, “I have never seen ...
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