Welcome to the Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont

Formed in 2008, Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont is one of the newest of about 100 Funeral Consumers Alliance chapters across the United States. We are a grassroots, all volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on funeral consumer education and advocacy. Our mission is "to work together as informed consumers for after-death arrangements that embrace our needs, preferences and rights." If you think of us as sort of all-volunteer-staffed Consumer Reports focused entirely on the local funeral industry, you have a pretty good sense of who we are!

In our day-to-day work, we field telephone inquiries from consumers, social workers, the news media and others, We host workshops and other events to educate funeral consumers. We advocate for families in the N.C. General Assembly. We provide speakers on consumer matters to area groups and organizations.

We invite you to join us!

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2014 Annual Meeting Notice

Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
3:00 PM
Place: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
           501 S. Mendenhall St., Greensboro.

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The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont will focus on several contemporary aspects of funerals and responses to death.

We will show about 10 minutes of the recently released (to much acclaim) documentary:  “Will for the Woods.”  Following the meeting, the entire video will be shown for those who wish to stay around to see it.  There will be five short presentations on

  • The psychology of dealing with death and dying.
  • Home care for the body and home funerals.
  • Planning by local funeral homes for more green burials and other ecological concerns.
  • An effort to develop a green burial site in Rockingham County.
  • Legal issues concerning funerals. 
Following the presentations there will be a brief time for small group discussions.

In addition, there will be a brief business session including election of board members (members only voting, but all welcome), followed by refreshments and fellowship.  We hope you will attend and bring friends with you.

Can we help?

We are a volunteer organization organized to assist our members and the public with issues of funeral planning. We do not make referrals or provide negotiated prices.  Here are some ways you can get information and assistance:

Consult our local funeral price list.
Refer to our FAQ page.
Contact us.

In Memorium
Holly Stevens 1955-2011

Holly was the guiding light who helped to create and nurture the establishment of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont. Her leadership and friendship are greatly missed.

Obituary               Newspaper column

What's New?

We've added two new documents to our website that you can download and print off:
"The 2010 Cemetery Guide and Directory"
"Prepaying for Funerals: The Decision Is Yours."

Our chapter in in need of a volunteer to assist with our quarterly newsletter. If you might be willing to help us or know someone who would please call for more information.

Check out our new
FAQ, created from questions we receive most often from consumers and others who call us for information.

Read our newsletters.

    Know Your Rights

Do I have to be cremated? Can I buy my coffin at WalMart? Can I be buried on my own property?

These and other questions answered.

     Click here.

Compliments of the Funeral Ethics Org.

Need a speaker for your organization?
Our speakers bureau is up and running. If your organization might be interested in a presentation about the funeral industry in general and the work of our organization please call David Bills at (336) 292-5487 for more information.
Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Piedmont
P.O. Box 14214
Greensboro, NC 27415-4214
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A 501(c)(3) organization