Meeting Minutes of January 13, 2014

9 in attendance.

Twin Cities Funeral Providers Price Survey

Larry Espel, Jody Bystrom, and Tom Koberstein from the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Minnesota presented on their 2013 general price list survey of local funeral service providers. The whole survey is available at the FCAMN website.

The FCA board collected 80 general price lists to create the price list survey. They highlighted the most economical options in each of 6 categories and “compared apples to apples” in organizing the survey.

The presenters reminded us that the survey reflects one point in time. The FCA encourages consumers to call for ourselves to verify current prices and confirm green/home options.

Representative Carolyn Laine has proposed a change to Minnesota Statutes, section 149A.71, subdivision 2, which would require funeral service providers who maintain a website to make their general price list available on the website. Federal law already requires that providers maintain gpls and provide them to anyone who asks. Representative Laine’s bill is H.F. 1988, and you can track its progress via the MyBills feature at the Legislative website.

Other items of note:

  • Does MTN need a mission statement?
  • We want to connect with/hear from our outstate members more! What are you up to?
  • Our June library event might focus on green burial.
  • Minnesota funeral homes are no longer required to have an embalming room in every branch

Upcoming Events

Sunday, January 19: Death Café at Common Roots

Monday, February 10, 7:00 pm: MTN movie night at Marianne Dietzel’s home (2954 Hamline Ave, Roseville). Clips from Amour, winner of the 2013 Oscar for best foreign film. Hospice workers and volunteers will share their end-of-life experiences and perspectives on death.

The Funeral Consumers Alliance national biennial conference will be held in Bloomington, MN this June 5-7!

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