FCAT provides information and education about end-of-life arrangements: including advance directives, funeral or memorial services, burial or cremation of the body, organ and/or tissue donation or bequeathal of bodies for scientific use. FCAT's goal is to reduce stress at a difficult time. FCAT-NC is a member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance, a national federation of funeral consumer information societies

Regulatory legislation update. Please see The Scratching Post — Industry Regulation

How to Use This Site

MONEY  — $$$
Unfortunately, FCAT has no funds to assist persons 
with funeral or cremation expenses. But we willingly offer useful, cost-saving information to the public and our members if you ask by email or telephone. (See Contact  Us.)

Commenting is welcomed to bring forward additional views and related ideas. ALL comments are moderated before they are published. 

Our goal is to protect and empower people making decisions regarding choices about end-of-life health care and disposition of human remains by burial, cremation or donation, as well as in funerals and other services. We help you to match your values with available resources.

The funeral industry in North Carolina is sometimes encountered by people only at the time of a death — a time when most of us are stressed and decisions may be hasty and must be made during the fog of death.
This is when emotional vulnerability makes us prey for the unscrupulous.
FCAT strives to provide information and education to people well in advance of their need for it.
We also advocate for the public with various government agencies. 
We have found that funeral homes using sensitive, ethical business practices applaud FCAT's efforts to educate the public.

FCAT encourages:

  • Early consideration of personal values
  • Conversations with your loved ones and friends about your values and plans
  • Creation of advance planning documents that can make your plans evident to health care providers and others.

FCAT assists members with the end-of-life planning that we should do if we care about our  family.

When death is near or has occurred, the family must be prepared to specify the disposition of the body of a loved one, sometimes immediately and mostly within 24 hours. FCAT helps with planning in advance of need so that each person and family can consider their values and preferences so that these can be honored. FCAT materials help organize this planning.

Early end-of-life planning eases the burden on your partner, children, parents, or siblings. They won't be forced to guess what was wanted and then have to make the arrangements while they are grieving. Decisions in advance, before a crisis arises can head off the arguments than can occur among your kin if they must guess what was wanted. Advance planning, with FCAT help, can also save money. Now is the time to learn more about this.

The sooner you do early planning, the better.

For more information to help you plan intelligently, join FCAT. Use the top menu to get information about joining.

2 Responses to Mission

  1. Richard says:

    What are the NC laws regarding a funeral home? Mostly what I’ve seen at funerals is the dressing of the bodies,make up,and the caskets and services. If there were a place set up just for people such as Linda above,just to have viewings and or memorials at the lowest possible prices,what laws would govern them? Is the body required to stay in possession of the funeral home at all times? (I ask,because I have towed broken down hearses with the bodies in them,and no other riders)

    • tacf987 admin@tacf says:

      Dear Richard,

      Good questions.

      Applicable laws are administered by the NC Board of Funeral Service

      Survivors of a decedent may act as their own funeral director, retain the body, hold services as desired, and dispose of the body in legally accepted ways after following applicable procedures for obtanining a death certificate, etc. The general topic here is home funerals. Customary funeral rites vary widely among cultures and communities. What is conventional here may not be as prevalent elsewhere.

      Embalming is not a legal requirement but a business practice sold by funeral directors.

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