You’d never walk into the nearest car dealership and buy whatever model and options the salesperson recommended, but that’s exactly how most people buy funerals. Most pick a funeral home that’s nearby--even if they’re not going to use it for a viewing or service--or one they have used in the past--even if they were unhappy.
While people shop around for cars, appliances and clothes, and happily share shopping tips, few people visit more than one funeral home and rarely share price information, even with close friends.
Unlike other products and services, funeral prices are not easily accessible, so most people are shocked to learn how enormously prices can vary between funeral homes, even those just blocks apart.
To make matters worse, most people are making this first time purchase under time pressure and in the throes of grief; circumstances that can make anyone vulnerable and unable to make clearheaded decisions.
To compound the problem, the only place most people know to go for advice is the funeral home. And, while most funeral directors are compassionate, caring people, they are all salespeople running for profit businesses.
That's where we - and you - can help. One of the most useful and educational things we do is conduct and publicize prices at area funeral homes. In areas of the country where prices become more transparent - competition rises and prices come down!
You can call or visit funeral homes in person. You can be yourself, just planning ahead for your own or a family member's funeral arrangements. Or you can call or visit as a volunteer for the FCA and request a copy of the price list by email, fax, or snailmail. If you meet in person with a funeral director, the law requires that they give you a printed price list.
We're happy to provide you with a list and contact information for funeral homes near you. It's an enlightening exercise and one that helps all members of your community be better informed.
- General Education
- People Skills
- Elder care
- Community Outreach
- Market Research / Analysis
- Sales Marketing
Good Match For
People 55+ Group
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 21
- Orientation or Training
- As little or as much time as you want.
- Orientation can be completely via email and phone.