The Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes, Inc. (FCAFL) is an all-volunteer, non profit, service organization that provides the public with unbiased information about funeral planning, practices, and costs.  The Alliance, based in Ithaca, serves the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York State.

Do you prefer funeral arrangements that are simple, dignified and reasonably priced? Do you believe it is sensible to make funeral plans in advance and put them in writing? Planning now for your funeral can assure that you have the final arrangements you want and spare loved ones the anxiety of making those decisions at a difficult time.

Explore the Resources section to learn about body disposition choices, funeral home costs, financing options, your legal rights and more. Consider supporting our work through your donation .

You are welcome to contact us for information about funeral or death-care issues or problems.


Price Survey

We survey funeral prices in our service area at 2-year intervals. The 2017 Survey is now online. This service area, centered on Tompkins County, includes parts of eight surrounding counties in the southern Finger Lakes region and adjacent Southern Tier.



Our spring newsletter is online for your reading pleasure. Explore some of our past newsletters while you’re there.

Upcoming Event


Join us for a public presentation at our Annual Meeting on Sunday, April 7, 2 PM at the Auditorium, Kendal at Ithaca. Joshua Slocum, Executive Director of the national Funeral Consumer Alliance will be giving a talk titled “Yes You Can - Overcoming Self-Sabotage in Funeral Planning

Note: Visitors use the South entrance off Triphammer Road. Turn left at the stop sign for the circular road. Follow the road around the first curve, the Visitor Parking will be on your right. Enter the doorway under the portico. The Auditorium is down the hall on the left (before the dining hall).