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The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs (FCAME) is the regional chapter of a national non-profit consumer education and advocacy organization, the Funeral Consumers Alliance.


Your 
Funeral Information Source

Information about funerals and cremation for family members as well as downloadable materials for clergy and social workers serving hospices, hospitals, retirement homes and other communities.

Mortuary Price Guide

Results of 2010 price survey of the local funeral industry.

News and Consumer Alerts

Read about the latest developments.

Fall 2014 Plain Talk - the FCAME Newsletter. The lead article describes resources that are available to help with the final expenses of veterans and others who qualify. Another article provides a simple 4-step approach to planning your funeral.

Summer 2014 Plain Talk - the FCAME Newsletter. It includes articles on funeral and cemetery-related legislation the Maryland General Assembly considered this year, what you need to know about caskets and urns, and how mortuary transport services will be regulated in Maryland.

Watch a video discussing death care options, "Consumer Compass #15", which was produced for Montgomery County's Office of Consumer Protection by the county's cable TV channel.

FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1031 / SB 586 to allow immediate access to funeral home preparation rooms for unannounced inspections. FCAME supported; bills were passed.

FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1042 / SB 648 to create a reasonable process for handling the obligations of a deceased single owner of a funeral home. FCAME supported; bills were passed.

FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1239 / SB 775 to require pre-need contracts be reported to the State & audited when their owners have a concern. FCAME supported; bills were defeated.

FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 593 / SB 415 to require disclosure in pre-need contracts on which items have guaranteed prices and which don't. FCAME supported; bills were passed.

FCAME testimony in March 2014 on HB 1303 / SB 751 to allow consumers' pre-need funds to be invested in securities. FCAME opposed; bills were defeated.

FCAME testimony in February 2014 on HB 1187 to prohibit trafficking in human organs. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in February 2014 on SB 835 to exempt a 150 year old cemetery from regulation. FCAME opposed; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in January 2014 on HB 13 to clarify how perpetual care trusts and pre-need trust accounts can be used. FCAME supported; bill was passed in both House & Senate.

Maryland Consumers Guide to Cemeteries, Funeral Homes and Monument Dealers

Information to help with the purchases of burial goods and services made from a cemetery, funeral home or monument dealer

 

Did you know?

  • The cost of funerals, cremation and burials varies widely — with some funeral homes charging as much as eight times more than others for virtually the same services.
  • Neither embalming nor a fancy casket is required for cremation or burial.
  • Although planning for after-death care is strongly recommended, prepaying for a funeral may not be a good idea.

You’re Invited ...

to become a member of FCAME if you reside in the areas which we serve - Maryland, DC or Delaware. Please click here.

to attend the FCAME Annual Meeting on Sunday, October 19, from 2 to 3:30 PM at Riderwood, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring, MD 20904. More info on the meeting can be found on the front page of the Fall 2014 FCAME Newsletter.

 

FCAME is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Donations are tax deductible.

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