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.


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.


Face the Elephant in the Room and join the conversation for Local Healthcare Decisions Day on Monday, April 2 from 2:00-4:00 pm at McGraw House (221 South Geneva Street).

  • Elder Care Attorney, Marcie Finlay: “Advance Directives & Estate Planning”
  • Death Midwife, Angela Mennitto: “The Art of Dying Well”
  • President of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Finger Lakes, Donna Scott: “It’s Your Funeral: Will it Be What You Want?”