Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maryland and Environs

Funeral Costs

Did you know that funeral and memorial services, cremation, and burials vary widely in cost for identical services? That’s why it’s important to compare prices among funeral homes. Click here for the results of our latest Mortuary Price Survey, in which we compare prices—among more than 100 mortuaries in Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia — for Immediate Burial and Direct Cremation, the simplest of funeral arrangements.

On February 7 and 8, 2017, National Public Radio aired a two-part segment investigating the deceptive pricing of the funeral industry, based on our research nationwide.

A Funeral Might Cost You Thousands Less Just by Crossing the Street
Despite Decades-Old Law, Funeral Prices are Still Unclear

In April 2014, Washington Consumer Checkbook rated local funeral homes.

Washington Area Funeral Homes Ratings

Prepaying your funeral – benefits and dangers

Resources available to help with final expenses – see article in Fall 2014 FCAME Newsletter

12 ways to avoid overpaying on funerals

Disposing of unneeded cemetery plots – see article in Fall 2015 FCAME Newsletter

Caskets – how to save on them

Simple and cheap, my father said – by the daughter of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black

Lay me to rest in a plain pine box – one mother’s letter to her children

Should You Prepay For Your Funeral?

Pre-need contracts to pay funeral expenses sometimes bring problems – see article in Fall 2015 FCAME Newsletter

Three ways to prepay for a funeral – see article in Winter 2011 FCAME Newsletter

How to read a funeral home’s general price list