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11 organizations you may need when a death occurs

Many state, federal and non-profit organizations have been established to help guide and protect families during a time of death.

The following organizations can provide any help you might need in planning a funeral or filing a complaint.

Texas Funeral Service Commission 333 Guadalupe St. Suite 2-110 Austin, TX 78701 512-936-2474 1-888-667-4881 e-mail:

The Texas Funeral Service Commission is the licensing and regulatory agency for all funeral establishments, funeral directors and embalmers in the state of Texas.

Texas Funeral Service Directors Association 1513 S. Interstate 35 Austin, TX 78741 512-442-2304

The Texas Funeral Service Directors Association’s mission is to promote and improve the funeral industry and consumer relations through education and legislative capabilities, making the membership better informed and capable of responding to the consumer at local levels.

Funeral Consumers Alliance of San Antonio P.O. Box 701884 San Antonio, TX 78270 210-341-2213

Funeral Consumers Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose a meaningful, dignified and affordable funeral. It does for funeral purchases what Consumer Reports does for products.

Anatomical Board, State of Texas 301 University Blvd. Galveston, TX 77555 409-772-1293

The mission of the Anatomical Board is to facilitate the distribution of deceased human remains for the purpose of teaching and research. In doing so, the board protects the interests of donors and their families by requiring that only authorized educational and medical institutions receive human remains and the remains are treated with dignity and respect.

Funeral Service Foundation 13625 Bishop's Drive Brookfield, WI 53005 877-402-5900 The Funeral Service Foundation funds projects and programs that support all of the funeral service industry in building meaningful relationships in the community.

Federal Trade Commission: Consumer Information 600 Pennsylvania Ave. Northwest Washington, DC 20580 202-326-2222

The Federal Trade Commission is the nation’s consumer protection agency. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace.

Funeral Consumers Educational Foundation PO Box 13306 Portland, OR 97213 1-888-475-5520

Funeral Consumers Education Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping consumers identify dignified, meaningful and affordable end-of-life services.

International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association 107 Carpenter Drive, Suite 100 Sterling, VA 20164 800-645-7700

Promotes consumer choices, superior ethics, pre-arrangement and open competition in the funeral service industry.

National Funeral Directors Association 13625 Bishop’s Drive Brookfield, WI 53005 800-228-6332

To help members provide quality service to families, the National Funeral Directors Association offers a number of consumer resources to explain and give a greater understanding on topics such as planning funerals and life tributes, types of losses, grief and bereavement, consumer tips and links to support and charitable organizations.

National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association 6290 Shannon Parkway Union City, GA 30291 800-434-0958

A membership association of professional funeral directors, morticians and embalmers, the National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association is dedicated to promoting the common professional and business interests of its members.

Cremation Association of North America 499 Northgate Parkway Wheeling, IL 60090 312-245-1077

The Cremation Association of North America is an international organization of more than 1,500 members and is composed of cremationists, funeral directors, funeral home operators and owners, cemeterians, industry suppliers and consultants. CANA members believe cremation is preparation for memorialization.

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