Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont
For Immediate Release
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Vermont, (FCA-VT) announces the completion of its biennial general price survey of all Vermont funeral home prices. “We congratulate Vermont’s locally owned funeral homes in keeping the rise in funeral costs to a minimum during these challenging economic times”, said Board President, Mary Alice Bisbee of Montpelier. “However, we also noted that the very highest prices in the State are to be found in Southern Vermont where 4 homes are now owned by one of the largest Wall Street conglomerates, Service Corporation International (SCI).” The survey is available on our web site at www.funerals.org/affiliates/vermont.
After a long application process with the IRS, FCA-VT is now officially considered a private charity as of December 2010 and all donations are fully income tax deductible. “We have always been a non profit organization, but it is wonderful to now be considered a private charity with additional tax benefits,” said Bisbee. FCA-VT is run solely by its many volunteer board members and friends with no office or paid staff. Consumer members from all over Vermont are kept informed about the many options available in planning ahead for death, without having to lay out huge sums of money. FCA-VT is an affiliate of the national Funeral Consumers Alliance which currently hosts web sites for its state affiliates at: www.funerals.org and provides much of the generic information about funeral practices and legal rights that is contained in all FCA literature.
For more iinformation about FCA-VT, its community educational presentations, volunteer and donation opportunities, or to have your personal concerns addressed in privacy, please call the statewide Information hotline at (802)223-8140 or email: [email protected]
We are also available to do radio and TV interviews. Contact: Board President, Mary Alice Bisbee at (802)223-8140 for more information.
A general press conference, open to the entire Vermont press corps and the public, is scheduled for Monday, July 11th at 1:30 PM, at the temporary location of the Montpelier Senior Activity Center at 39 Barre Street in Montpelier. Current trends in body disposition and consumer rights, cremation and sustainable earth burial will be discussed. Copies of the survey, free pamphlets along with an explanatory narrative and Advance Directive forms will be available for hand out at that time and questions will be answered by board members.