Southern Arizona, CONSUMERS ALLIANCE of FUNERAL

FUNERAL
CONSUMERS
ALLIANCE of
Southern Arizona, Inc.
How To Arrange for
Funeral Services
that are
Dignified
Meaningful
Affordable
Mailing: PO BOX 12661
Tucson, AZ 85732-2661
Physical: 7030 E Broadway Blvd Ste. 220
Tucson, AZ 85710
Hours: M-F 9:30a - 12:30p
Phone: 520-721-0230
Fax: 520-296-9037
Email: [email protected]
Website www.funerals.org/affiliates/tucson
Protecting a consumer’s right to choose a dignified, meaningful and affordable funeral since 1961
March 2011
FUNERAL ADVICE YOU CAN TRUST
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Southern Arizona (FCA~SAZ) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of area residents
dedicated to helping our neighbors make funeral arrangements that are dignified, meaningful and affordable. We are
committed to assisting individuals and families avoid the confusion, sales pressure and high expense often associated
with cremation and burial arrangements.
We achieve this goal through consumer education outreach, including group presentations, printed materials,
personal consultations, local price surveys and membership benefits. We serve residents in Pima and surrounding
Counties, usually within a one hundred mile radius of Tucson, AZ.
Founded in 1961, the FCA-SAZ is one of more than 100 affiliates across the country, supported by the National Funeral
Consumers Alliance. www.funerals.org
We are staffed solely by volunteers and two paid part time employees. We have no attachment to the funeral industry
or any religious group. Our membership is open to all.
Simply put, we are a group of people who have learned about planning funerals through personal
experience, and we would like to share our knowledge with you.
Did You Know?
Most individuals never share their funeral or burial wishes with their family members.
FCA~SAZ members receive forms and instructions on how to communicate this information;
sparing relatives from difficult, expensive decisions.
The average cost of a “traditional” funeral in the U.S. is now over $7,000.
FCA~SAZ members usually purchase simpler services for a fraction of the cost.
Embalming and fancy caskets are not required for cremation or burial.
FCA~SAZ members avoid unnecessary procedures and expenses by pre-planning.
Your safety deposit box is a poor place to store your funeral instructions.
FCA~SAZ members learn who to notify before the time of death.
When a body is not displayed, memorial services can be held almost anywhere. FCA~SAZ
members learn about various options, including community halls, churches, synagogues and parks.
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HOW YOU BENEFIT…
Objectivity- You get advice from knowledgeable volunteers who are not
in the business of
selling funeral services.
Dignity- You learn about dignified alternatives to excessive funeral displays including natural
after death care and natural burials.
Confidence- You are able to choose services with full knowledge of your consumer rights.
Knowledge- You become an educated consumer, receiving more for your funeral dollar while
avoiding unnecessary expenses.
Savings- You can take advantage of member-only pricing at our contracted funeral providers.
Security- You enjoy the convenience of pre-planning without the risks of
pre-payment.
Peace of mind- You are given the opportunity to discuss an important topic with family or
friends while you are still healthy.
Caring- You leave behind a final gift. . . sparing your next-of-kin the stress of making difficult
decisions during a time of grief.
MEMBERS RECEIVE…
H O W I T W O R K S…
•Once you receive your membership kit, complete the
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Funeral Planner Kit, including information
and discount pricing on cremation and
burial choices.
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Optional Organ/body donation
information forms.
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Vital Statistics planning forms.
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Membership wallet card.
If you’ve chosen the contracted funeral home, you will receive the FCA
discount in place at that time
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Optional informative pamphlets.
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Invitation to FCA~SAZ member events.
•If death occurs out of town, contact the National FCA
office toll free to find a nearby Alliance affiliate.
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Directory listing over 100 Affiliates
nationwide
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Subscription to our Newsletters
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Right to elect Board of Directors for
FCA~SAZ
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Peace of Mind
planning form using the simple step-by-step instructions.
Make copies of your personal planning form for your
files, distribute to your likely survivors and send white
copy to the FCA~SAZ office
•Upon death, your relatives simply contact the chosen
mortuary and pay for services directly.
•If you move, your membership can usually be
transferred to another FCA group for a nominal charge.
We are one of over 100 affiliates nationwide
Our National Office:
FCA NATIONAL 1-800-765-0107
33 Patchen Road, South Burlington, VT 05403
www.funerals.org
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Last revised March 2011
D I S C O U N T P R I C I N G T H AT C O M E S W IT H M E M B E R S H I P TO T H E F C A ~ S A Z
FCA~SAZ contracts with a particular funeral home as
well as a home funeral guide to provide the best
service and price to our members. However, you are
free to choose a funeral home or guide of your
preference. We conduct a biennial price survey on all
local funeral homes and that survey is available to
members and non-members at any time by request.
We also encourage you to request a General Price
List (GPL) from any funeral home you are considering
for your after death care.
As part of the Funeral Rule enforced by the Federal Trade
Commission, you have a right to price lists, price quotes
by phone and the right to pick and choose goods and
services you want and can afford.
Contracted Funeral Home is:
Adair Funeral Homes
1050 N. Dodge Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85716 (4 locations to serve you)
Phone: (520) 326-4343 (24-7)
Fax: (520)326-3591
Sweetgrass Ceremonies (Home Funeral Guide)
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expressive and uplifting spaces provided within personalized
ceremonies. Sweetgrass offers refreshingly customized ceremonies,
where the sources of inspiration are your stories, beliefs and values.
[email protected] or 520.609.8396
Pricing information available upon request or developed based upon
your needs. FCA~SAZ members receive 10% off any general prices
quoted.
ADAIR DISCOUNT PRICING FOR FCA~SAZ MEMBERS:
1. Plan One: Direct Cremation: $760.00*
Arrange for my body to be transported to the mortuary
Procure the original death certificate signed by my physician, and a cremation
permit.
Take my body to the crematory (on premises) in a suitable cardboard container
(or a $50 credit towards the purchase of a different crematable container) for
cremation
Provide suitable cardboard container for the cremated human remains (or a
$50 credit towards the purchase of an urn other than temporary from Adair)
Notify Social Security and provide Veterans Administration forms if needed
2. Plan Two: Direct Burial: $1225.00*
Arrange for my body to be transported to the mortuary
Procure the original death certificate signed by my physician and a burial
permit
Provide cloth covered casket for my body or $200.00 credit on a more
expensive casket from our price list.
Arrange a time convenient for the mortuary and cemetery to inter my remains
Provide transportation of my remains to any of the local cemeteries
Notify Social Security and provide Veterans Administration forms if needed
3. Plan Three: Economical Funeral: $1615.00*
Arrange for my body to be transported to the mortuary
Take care of my body and prepare it for possible viewing
Procure the original death certificate signed by my physician and a burial
permit
Provide a cloth-covered casket for my body or $200.00 credit on a more
expensive casket
Allow the use of the mortuary chapel for a funeral service during normal
business hours
Provide a hearse to the cemetery
Notify Social Security and provide Veterans Administration forms if needed
Items not included in these plans: Use of mortuary chapel for a memorial
service (except for Plan 3), Certified copies of death certificate, Flowers, clergy
fees, obituary notices, Government fees and taxes. Cemetery expenses. The
family may also arrange for a burial plot, vault, urn, niche, etc.
*Basic prices quoted are good through May 3, 2012
OFFICIAL MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION FORM FOR NEW MEMBERS
Please send me the planning forms, wallet card, and the latest newsletter. I have enclosed the initial Membership Fee of $40 (which is
non-refundable) that covers an individual and spouse as well as children under 18 years of age. Annual renewal fee is only $10 per person.
NAME(S):______________________________________________________________________________
ADDRESS: _____________________________________________________________________________
CITY/STATE/ZIP: ______________________,
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TEL:_________________
New Membership ($40):_______ OR Transferring from another FCA group?($10.00) _____
“Before I Go, You Should Know” Freezer packs ($12.00 ea.)________ Additional contribution________ Total enclosed $_______________
CHECK/M.O.________
CC: VISA___MC___AMEX___DISCOVER___
NAME ON CARD__________________________________________________
CARD # _____________________________________EXP____________CID:____________
This is not a pre-paid
service. Services are paid
for at time of need to your
designated funeral home.
Signature:_________________________________________
How did you hear about us?__________________________________________________________
See reverse side for additional options
Mail this form with credit card #, check, or M.O. to: FCA/SAZ ~ P.O. Box 12661 ~ Tucson, AZ 85732-2661
Every adult American should have one in their freezer!
What? You might ask. Surveys indicate that 85% of the public supports advance planning for end-of-life
issues, yet only 20-25% have done anything about it. (And even if you have signed advance directives,
does your family know where they are?
This 20-page booklet," Before I Go, You Should Know”, comes in a
freezer pouch, along with a magnet for the refrigerator door. In addition
to setting out your funeral or memorial wishes, there are reminders for
survivors to cancel your weekly hairdresser and your internet e-mail
account...those “little” things you might have forgotten to tell someone
about otherwise. But Most importantly, the pouch comes with your
Arizona specific Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney. And if
you are a person who travels a lot, you’ll find this a handy size to drop
in your suitcase. The pamphlet “Death Away From Home” has vital
information, including necessary phone numbers to call if you’re in a
foreign country. There’s also a directory of funeral consumer groups
that can help locate the most affordable US mortuary if you’re in an
unfamiliar town.
Order Yours Today for $12.00, including shipping and handling
(Backside of membership application)
Please send me the following brochures
with my membership kit:
A donation of .25 each helps cover printing costs
Cremation Explained
Common Funeral Myths
Consumer Guide to Cemetery Purchases
Death Away from Home
Guide to Funeral Planning: Affordable Options
How to File a Funeral or Cemetery Complaint
How to Help Grieving People
Organ and Body Donation: A Gift to Science
Prepaying your Funeral: Benefits & Dangers
Ten Tips for Saving Funeral Dollars
Veteran’s Benefits
Viewing vs. Visitation
Recycle Your Medical Devices
What You Should Know About Embalming
Please send a copy of this brochure to:
NAME:
ADDRESS:
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
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Invite an FCA~SAZ speaker to make a presentation
Volunteer a few hours a week for office tasks.
Serve on the Board (4 meetings a year)
Treasurer (with computer skills)
Price Survey Committee
Legislative Watch Committee
State Funeral Board Monitor
Legal Consultant
Newsletter Editor (with computer skills)
Speakers Bureau (group presentations)
Please check with your church or Civic group to schedule a
speaker. We have a very upbeat presentation that lasts about
40 minutes including a Q & A period. Your help getting “the
best kept secret in America” to the public is a wonderful
contribution to friends and family. Call: 721-0230
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