Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs

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.

Facing the death of a loved one

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

Mortuary Price Guide

Results of 2015 Price Survey of the local funeral industry

News and Consumer Alerts

Read about the latest developments.

Spring 2016 Plain Talk – the FCAME Newsletter. This issue has articles on how to manage a home funeral and on legislative proposals that FCAME testified on at the Maryland General Assembly 2016 session.

Fall 2015 Plain Talk – the FCAME Newsletter.  This issue has articles on pre-need contracts to pay funeral expenses, and how to dispose of unneeded cemetery plots.

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 2016 on SB 721 that would prohibit purchase or sale of human remains or a body part removed from a living or deceased person. FCAME supported; bill was defeated.

FCAME testimony in February 2016 on HB 553 / SB 535 that would weaken the requirement for cemeteries to prove their financial stability to the State Office of Cemetery Oversight.  FCAME opposed; bills were defeated.

FCAME testimony in February 2016 on HB 949 / SB 897 that would authorize a loan against a cemetery perpetual care trust fund.  FCAME opposed; bills were defeated.

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. See also consumer tips and frequently-asked questions provided by Maryland’s Office of Cemetery Oversight.

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