Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs

If you had to make funeral arrangements, would you know how to make them dignified, meaningful, and affordable?

Did you know:

  • A typical funeral in the US costs $7,300 — before you get to the cemetery
  • That the cost of funerals, cremation, and burials varies widely
  • 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
  • Most individuals never share their funeral or burial wishes with their family members. As a result, families often spend more on funeral arrangements than their loved ones would have wanted

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


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.

Fall 2016 Plain Talk – the FCAME Newsletter.  This issue has articles on Jewish funeral practices and determining who gets to decide on one’s final arrangements.  It also includes a suggested template for how an individual can describe what final arrangements he/she wants

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.

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 Office of Cemetery Oversight

Consumer tips and frequently-asked questions provided by the Maryland Office of Cemetery Oversight.