Funeral Consumer Society of Colorado
Affiliate of the Funeral Consumer Society of America.
Our mission is to inform and educate consumers on significant end-of-life decisions.
Funeral Consumer Society of Colorado is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit educational organization that educates our members about important end of life issues. Your donations support our work monitoring state and federal legislation and educating families in consumer rights and funeral information. Join nearly 400,000 others nationwide in supporting our mission in protecting funeral consumer rights.
Founded in 1963 with the original goal of enabling its members to plan for simple, dignified funerals or memorials at fair prices, the Society has greatly expanded its mission to additionally include: educating our members on many significant end-of-life issues, keeping members apprised of pertinent State and Federal laws and helping both members and their heirs make informed decisions. The Society is open to all, regardless of age or ethnic background, and is nonsectarian. We are an affiliate member of the Funeral Consumers Alliance (FCA), a leading national organization advocating consumer rights.
We are not a charity nor a funeral home, nor a funeral insurance plan, nor prepayment plan. We are not affiliated with any mortuary. We do not make decisions for our members. We are not a repository for end-of-life documents. We are not antagonistic to the entire funeral industry.
WHAT WE ARE
WHAT WE ARE NOT
A death in the family creates an emotional situation. It often leaves people vulnerable and likely to make hasty and expensive decisions if they lack sufficient information regarding the wishes of the deceased. The Society encourages its members to study options and make decisions in advance and to make a written record of their wishes, thereby sparing their survivors from having to make difficult decisions under stress.
As of March 26th, 2020, FCSC is going to Zoom for their Board meetings. Until we have further COVID updates our meetings will be by Zoom (see "NEWS" and "COMMUN. ED." on this website. Disregard below info for now; we hope to get back to these locations after summer of 2021).
Once a year we have a general meeting for members and their guests, in which one or two speakers are invited to talk about issues concerning our mission. This annual meeting is held on the first Saturday in May, from 9:00 a.m. until around 12:00 p.m.
Our Directors have about six meetings per year, generally held on the fourth Thursday at 10:00 a.m. Members are welcome to attend Board meetings; if you are interested, contact the FCSC phone number, 720*432*5379, for the date and place of the next meeting.
WHY IS THE SOCIETY NEEDED?
CURRENT MEETING INFORMATION
VETERANS BURIAL INFORMATION
GREEN BURIAL AND HOME FUNERALS
ORDERING DEATH CERTIFICATES
COMMUNITY EDUCATION EVENTS
COLORADO END-OF-LIFE OPTIONS
WHAT TO DO WHEN SOMEONE DIES
LISTING OF FUNERAL HOME PRICES
ORGAN AND BODY DONATION
REQUIREMENTS AND LAWS
On a Personal note:
Do Your Children Know About Us?
Recently we talked with a family of siblings who had lost their last surviving parent. They were at a loss as to how to go about planning a service, and what things needed to be done. None of the children had ever gone through the process of arranging for a funeral or cremation (their parent did this previously), and none of them even knew where to start. In not knowing, they flipped through the yellow pages and picked a mortuary; they were unpleasantly surprised when the costs of their “standard” funeral just about ate up all the family resources, not to mention any inheritance. A sad lesson learned, only too late!
Since many families find it hard to talk about end of life issues, especially with a parent (“Are you trying to say something?!”), we suggest an easy way to bring the subject up: Buy them a subscription to this Society and newsletter. The cost is minimal, and you’ll be doing them a favor by at least giving them the names of some worthy providers. My parents did this for me, and I was forever grateful. They were smarter than I gave them credit for!
Legislative News---Senate Bill on Stipend for Veterans---under "News" (6-17-21)
Legislative News---"Human Reduction" bill signed into law under "News" (5-10-21)
Legislative News---2 new Bills under "News" (4-30-21)
New info on Contract Providers---under "Contract Providers" (4-2-21)
Annual Meeting Info, Zoom link for Annual Mtg.---under "Speakers" (4-2-21)
Newsletters---under "Newsletters" (4-1-21)
Legislative News---2 new Bills under "News" (4-1-21)
Save these dates!!!---under "News" & "Commun. Ed." (3-30-21)
Annual Meeting Info---under "Speakers" (3-20-21)
Annual Meeting Speaker, Josh Slocum bio---under "Speakers" (3-10-21)
Link on recycling pacemakers---under "Resources and Links" (2-27-21)
Nobody can go back and start a new beginning,
but anyone can start today and make a new ending.