Rather than wait until the last minute to make final arrangements for your loved ones, it makes good sense to prepare in advance. The following organizations can provide much of the information you'll need.
Cremation Association of North America
401 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
CANA is an association of crematories, cemeteries, and funeral homes that offer cremation.
Funeral Consumers Alliance
33 Patchen Rd.
South Burlington, VT 05403
FCA is a nonprofit educational organization that supports increased funeral consumer protection. Its website has free pamphlets on funeral planning, plus a directory of local volunteer funeral planning groups.
Funeral Ethics Organization
87 Upper Access Rd.
Hinesburg, VT 05461
FEO, an independent nonprofit educational organization, promotes ethical dealings in death-related transactions and provides mediation assistance to resolve consumer complaints.
Green Burial Council
8 Estacada Ct.
Santa Fe, NM 87508
GBC, an independent nonprofit that encourages environmentally sustainable death care practices assists consumers in identifying "green" cemetery, funeral, and cremation services.
International Cemetery and Funeral Association
107 Carpenter Dr., Suite 100
Sterling, VA 20164
ICFA is a nonprofit association of cemeteries, funeral homes, crematories, and monument retailers that offers informal mediation of consumer complaints through its Cemetery Consumer Service Council. Its website provides information and advice about funeral arrangements, dealing with grief, and other end-of-life issues.
International Order of the Golden Rule
PO Box 28689
St. Louis, MO 63146-1189
OGR is an international association of about 1,300 independent funeral homes.
Jewish Funeral Directors of America
150 Lynnway, Suite 506
Lynn, MA 01902
JFDA is an international association of funeral homes serving the Jewish community.
National Funeral Directors Association
13625 Bishop's Drive
Brookfield, WI 53005
NFDA is an educational and professional association of funeral directors that provides consumer information on its website. NFDA also sponsors a help line designed to aid consumers in resolving complaints about NFDA members.
National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association
3951 Snapfinger Parkway, Suite 570
Decatur, GA 30035
NFDMA is a national association primarily of African-American funeral providers.
Selected Independent Funeral Homes
500 Lake Cook Rd., Suite 205
Deerfield, IL 60015
SIFH is an international association of funeral firms that have agreed to comply with its Code of Good Funeral Practices.