Funeral Consumers Alliance
Funeral Consumers Alliance

FCA Events

FCAGR Annual Conference
Sunday, May 6, 2018, 2:00 pm
JCC of Greater Rochester: Auditorium "C"
1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, NY
Free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Talk: Home Funerals—It's Not Just About Saving Money
As FCA members, we tend to focus on practical ways to control funeral home costs. But when we rely on a funeral home, we might be giving up something more valuable than money. Across cultures and throughout history, after-death care has been a family and community endeavor, not a commercial one. This presentation will introduce you to home funerals, natural burial, and the benefits of caring for your loved ones after death. It will also include legal facts and logistical details.

Lynn Barnett
Speaker: Lynn Barnett

Lynn is a home funeral guide in Rochester, and she educates people about their choices in caring for loved ones after death. Lynn trained with Jerrigrace Lyons, a death midwife and the founder of Final Passages, a group dedicated to reclaiming traditional funeral and burial practices. Lynn has also served on the board of the National Home Funeral Alliance.


National FCA Biennial Conference
Thursday, June 21 to Saturday, June 23, 2018
Rochester Riverside Hotel,
120 East Main St. Rochester, NY 14604
Cost: $275 for the full conference, $137 for one day.
See below for scholarship information

For the first time ever, national FCA's Biennial Conference will be held here in Rochester. FCA enthusiasts and others from across the U.S. will gather for a series of talks and workshops, with plenty of time for lively discussions and socializing. The conference includes two full days of programming, a welcome reception, breakfast and lunch Friday and Saturday, a guided tour of Mt. Hope Cemetery, and an optional closing banquet.

Keynote speaker: Stephen Brobeck, Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of America, will speak about the nationwide consumer advocacy movement. CFA has joined the FCA to push for funeral price transparency.

Workshops: Death cafes • Social media basics • Storytelling • Overcoming barriers to family-directed funerals • Blended funerals: do it yourself with professional help • The immigrant experience of funerals in America • A brief history of dying • Writing a journalistic obituary • Making funerals meaningful • Death with dignity • You're the surrogate, now what? • Changing New York funeral laws to return control to families • Unconventional death care with Melissa Unfred, The Modern Mortician.

Scholarships: Thanks to a generous donation from a member and additional funds from the FCAGR, several scholarships are available; each pays $125 towards the cost of the conference. All FCAGR members are eligible to apply, and the scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Email board member Marjorie Focarazzo, at, to indicate your interest.

Registration: You can find more details and register online via the Conference page at For conference questions, call National at (802) 865-8300.