Funeral Consumers Alliance of Kern County
Funeral Consumers Alliance of Kern County ®
PO Box 1202
Bakersfield CA 93302-1202
A nonprofit alliance dedicated to providing information to consumers and protecting their right to choose a simple, meaningful, economical, dignified funeral or memorial service.
Federal Trade Commision's "Facts for Consumers" contains information regarding the Funeral Rule in "Funerals - A Consumers Guide"
Funeral Consumers Alliance, Inc.
Josh Slocum, Executive Director
What if you're facing a death and you haven't done any planning? Even last-minute funerals don't have to be stressful and costly. Follow these tips:
1. Know your budget and stick to it. There are no charities that will pay for funerals. What you order from a funeral home will be your responsibility to pay.
2. If the body is at a hospital (or at home), resist the urge to call a funeral home right away. Ask if the morgue can hold the body for a few days so you have time to compare funeral homes.
3. Check funerals.org for your local Funeral Consumers Alliance. They can often recommend ethical and lower-cost businesses. Most have some form of price survey to get you started. Check their website for information first, before you call, remembering that most are run by volunteers.
4. Call for price quotes. By law, funeral homes must give prices by phone. Be specific; don't ask for the price of "a funeral." "A funeral" to a funeral director often means a one-of-everything affair. Tell them what you want, what you don't want, and what you can afford.
Simply shopping by phone can often save you thousands of dollars.