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Funeral Consumers Alliance
of Tidewater
 
 Lifetime Membership

Individual Rate
$20

Two people
at the same address

$30

JOIN NOW!


What is Included in your Membership:

"Putting My House
In Order"

A record of your plans
and assets

Advanced Medical Directory
Living Will and Power of Attorney

Dealing Creatively
with Death
by Ernest Morgan,
$14.95 value

"Probate in Virginia"

Comparison Charts of Funeral Home Rates and discount providers

"Body Donation to Science"

Directory of
Funeral Consumer
Alliance Affiliated Chapters

Brochures on:
funeral planning,
saving funeral dollars,
and cremation

Membership Card

To join or for more information:
Telephone: 757 428-5134

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or

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Tidewater
P.O. Box 4621
Virginia Beach, VA 23454-0621

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RESOURCES

FUNERAL CONSUMERS ALLIANCE OF TIDEWATER
PO Box 4621
Virginia Beach, VA  23454
757-428-5134
smartfunerals@gmail.com
WWW.FUNERALS.ORG


FCAT PUBLICATIONS
Newsletters:

SURVEYS OF AREA FUNERAL HOME GENERAL PRICE LISTS

To create this survey, some of our local volunteers contacted each funeral home in the area to get a General Price List (GPL).
 
The surveys provide direct comparisons between all of the funeral homes listed for several categories of funeral services and merchandise. Each GPL is different, making it tricky to compare.  Even an informed consumer can become confused!  Every effort was made to assure that this survey compares the same services between all funeral homes.
 
In addition, some funeral homes bundle or package goods and services for one inclusive price that may save consumers money.  However, not all such "package" deals provide discounts, and some packages may provide goods and/or services that consumers do not want.
 
How to use this survey:
Use this only as a tool in your total funeral planning.  You can compare goods and services from each funeral home quickly and easily on this chart.  From there, we encourage you to visit your top choices to be sure you like what you see, and to be sure you have the most up to date price list. 
 
If you run into problems or have questions, you can contact FCAT at smartfunerals@gmail.com, or (757)-428-5134.


END OF LIFE DECISIONS


BODY DONATION


TISSUE AND ORGAN DONATION


CREMATION

CASKETS


CEMETERIES


GREEN


GENERAL


DVD

  • A Family Undertaking—A documentary on home funerals that was first broadcast on PBS in 2005.  Available for loan from FCAT. 

BOOKS

  • “Death for Beginners--Your No-Nonsense, Money-Saving Guide to Planning for the Inevitable” by Karen Jones  www.deathforbeginners.com

  • "Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death" 
    co-authored by Lisa Carlson and Josh Slocum (FCA's national director). www.finalrights.org
    This book exposes the excesses of the burial business, brings you up to date on how the funeral industry parts the grieving from their money, and shows you how to fight back.  The only book of its kind, Final Rights includes a chapter on the funeral and burial laws in every state written in plain English.
    The book will be available in bookstores in June, 2011 in both print and e-book format.  You can also buy it at www.funerals.org.  Here is the only spot to buy downloadable individual state chapters.  Every sale from the FCA online store will help support the national organization.

  •  “The American Way of Death Revisited” by Jessica Mitford
  • “You Only Die Once“ by Margie Jenkins
  • “STIFF   The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers” by Mary Roach
  • “Grave Expectations” by Sue Baily and Carmen Flowers

New Documentary
“Facing Death,” a Frontline documentary examining today’s complicated end-of-life decisions, is available online at: 
www.video.pbs.org