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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2013 Annual Meeting Notice

Date: Sunday, September 15, 2013
3:00 PM
Place: Presbyterian Church of the Covenant
           501 S. Mendenhall St., Greensboro.

The program will include three-parts followed by a brief business meeting and refreshments. This year’s program will include:

  • Introduction of the recent Price and Compliance Survey of funeral service providers that has been our major focus for the past year. This survey includes all the providers in Guilford and Forsyth Counties. Many thanks to Joe Gruendler for his extensive work on this project.
  • Green Burials (YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO INTO THE BOX) are an increasingly popular alternative to traditional burials. Cremations are gaining in popularity but are “an extremely energy expensive and polluting process.” An established green burial site in South Carolina and a potential one at Guilford College in Greensboro will be shared.
  • Conversation around emotions and thinking one might experience when facing burial choices.
Please note: All members, their guests, and other interested people are welcome at this public meeting, however, during the business session, only members are allowed to vote.

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