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
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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.
- 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.