The Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes, Inc. (FCAFL) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit, public-service organization supported by members to provide the public unbiased information about funeral planning, practices, and costs. We promote advance planning and legislation that improves consumer protection. The Alliance, which is based in Ithaca, serves the southern Finger Lakes region of New York State.

Membership is free and open to all. Members share a commitment to preplanning (as opposed to prepayment) of simple and affordable funeral and memorial arrangements.  Consider joining the Alliance if...

  • you want to spare your family and friends difficult decisions when you die;
  • you prefer funeral arrangements that are simple, dignified and reasonably priced;
  • you believe it is sensible to make funeral plans in advance and put them in writing;
  • you want to avoid unnecessary funeral costs for yourself, your survivors, and others.

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.


Planning ahead can make a painful time easier to bear. Explore the articles in the Financing, General Information and Planning sections to help you get started with your plan.


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