The Funeral Consumers Alliance is the oldest national non-profit organization dedicated to "protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified, affordable funeral". The FCA works with local affiliate nonsectarian, nonprofit, educational organizations in support of their communities. Some local FCA Affiliates perform price surveys of local funeral homes. Find your local Funeral Consumers Alliance Affiliate to answer local funeral questions and access regional funeral home price surveys.
The FCA supports funeral consumers by:
Their website is full of valuable information on funeral and end-of-life matters.
The Funeral Ethics Organization is non-profit organization whose mission is "... to promote ethical dealings in all death-related transactions by working for better understanding of ethical issues among funeral, cemetery, memorial industry practitioners, law enforcement, organ procurement organizations, and state agencies, as well as better understanding between these and the general public."
The FEO website disseminates funeral law and consumer rights as well as educational resources. They offer State-by-State Guide to Funeral Rights PDFs which can be accessed by clicking on this link.
The NHFA is a nonprofit alliance of home funeral educators, guides and consumer advocates whose mission is “to educate and empower families and communities to care for their own dead.”
The NHFA promotes activities that encourage family-directed after-death care as a matter of spiritual healing, environmental responsibility, and affordability. The organization maintains a website that links the public to a vast array of information about home funerals and related topics, including:
The Green Burial Council (GBC) is an independent nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainable deathcare and the use of burial as a means to protecting natural areas through ecological restoration and landscape conservation.
The GBC has established the worlds' first certifable standards for funeral providers, cemeteries, burial product manufacturers, and cremation facilities. A provider becomes certified by demonstrating compliance with stringent established standards for a given category.
To learn more about green burials, please visit the Green Burial Council website.
CINDEA is a Canadian-based non-profit and advocacy organization which respects the wisdom of ancient death traditions and encourages the renewal of older death practices that are appropriate to our modern-day life. They support death-care practices associated with Wholistic, Ecological, and/or Natural Alternatives (DWENA). CINDEA's mission is to:
Death Cafe is now an established 'social franchise' that has spread quickly across the globe.
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. A Death Cafe is a discussion group about death rather than a grief support or counselling session.
The objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
Death Cafes are always offered:
- On a not for profit basis
- In an accessible, respectful and confidential space
- With no intention of leading people to any conclusion, product or course of action
- Alongside refreshing drinks and nourishing food – and cake!
Since its launch in 2011, there have been thousands of Death Cafes across Europe, North America and Australia, and Asia. Death Cafe has no staff and is run on a purely voluntary basis.