Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge

(540) 953-5589

fcavbr@gmail.com

PO Box 10082,

Blacksburg, VA 24060

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Death is inevitable.

Let's talk about it.

Death Café

Death Cafés are held periodically. Let us know if you are interested in helping to plan the next one's place and time.

Death Café* is a global movement that brings people together for lively conversations about death over coffee, tea, and food.  Join us for a group-directed and candid discussion on issues about death and dying. The conversation is free; food and beverages are not, so please bring your wallet!

*There are more than 8,890 Death Café gatherings in more than 65 countries (www.deathcafe.com). Death Café is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counseling session.

Who Says Death is Boring?

We have a variety of programs ready to deliver to any size group. We love to present our information to civic and community groups and clubs, to faith communities (Sunday school classes, senior groups, etc.), or just an interested group of friends. We can provide a program for any day of the week and any time of the day. We tailor our remarks to your group.

 

Our mission is one of providing accurate information to the community. If you don't see a title that piques your interest, let us know and we will work with you to deliver the program you desire. 

 

  • Shop Before you Drop – Price and service comparison of funeral homes

  • Alternative Funeral Practices

  • Dust to Diamonds – non-traditional choices for body disposition

  • Going Out Green – environmentally friendly burial

  • Why I Want to Die from Cancer – views from a former hospice nurse

  • Death on a Dime – how to avoid getting stiffed

  • Cremation – From start to finish

  • Home Funeral – one family’s experience

  • Memorial Societies and the Funeral Consumers Alliance Movement

  • Body and Organ Donation

  • Preplanning, Not Pre-Paying – planning for final arrangements

  • Death away from Home

  • Death Outside the Box – Virginia laws and caring for your own

  • Surveys  – costs and services of area cemeteries and funeral homes

  • How to Select a Funeral Home

  • Write Your Own Obituary  – a workshop on  how to write an obituary.

DVDs are able to share

  • Two Weeks – 99 minutes-DVD (Four adult siblings return to their dying mother (Sally Field) with special feature Learning to Live Through Dying)

  • Strangers in Good Company – 105 minutes-DVD (film examining questions of life, aging, death)

  • Lasting Images: Alternatives to Traditional Burial – 52-minutes – DVD (examines ways to remember and honor the dead)

  • A Family Undertaking – 55 minutes – DVD (explores the growing home funeral movement)

  • Dying Green - 30 minutes - DVD (a look at the green burial movement)