2020 Funeral Home Price Survey

Each year the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Texas (FCACTX) a non-profit, consumer group that provides information to help you make end-of-life decisions that fit your values and your budget, publishes their Funeral Home Price Survey.

Advance Care Planning Brings Loved Ones Closer: Do the Math

In a national survey conducted by The Conversation Project, we discovered some interesting facts that reinforce the importance of encouraging everyone, everywhere to have the conversation. 

Resources

Advance Directives for Texas

Books, Articles and Other Interesting Stuff

Books, Articles and Other Interesting Stuff


Advance Directives for Other States



Remembering Loved Ones


  • Eterneva  - Ashes to diamonds.  The diamond is a symbol that is earned by the loved one who passed. A symbol that their character had the power to make people better versions of themselves. We strive to share that remarkable character with the world.
  • Parting Stones -  Cremated remains can feel messy and meaningless. Instead of receiving a box of ashes following cremation, you can now receive a collection of stones. Solidified remains let you feel connection with the remains of your departed. 



Movies


  • Coco - On Dia de los Muertos, young would-be musician Miguel crosses into the afterlife on a quest to meet his ancestor and understand his family legacy.  Winner of the Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA Awards for Best Animated Film and the Oscar for Best Original Song. Available on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Vudu.
  • Being Mortal - PBS FRONTLINE follows renowned New Yorker writer and Boston surgeon Atul Gawande as he explores the relationships doctors have with patients who are nearing the end of life. In conjunction with Gawande’s book, Being Mortal, the film investigates the practice of caring for the dying, and shows how doctors — himself included — are often remarkably untrained, ill-suited and uncomfortable talking about chronic illness and death with their patients.
  • End Game - Facing an inevitable outcome, terminally ill patients meet extraordinary medical practitioners seeking to change our approach to life and death. Academy Award Nominee. Available on Netflix.

Extremis - Witness the wrenching emotions that accompany end of life decisions as doctors, patients and families in a hospital ICU face harrowing choices. Academy Award Nominee. Available on Netflix

Books, Articles and Other Interesting Stuff

Books, Articles and Other Interesting Stuff

Books, Articles and Other Interesting Stuff

  •  Healthcare Bluebook -  Today’s healthcare environment is complicated. It’s tough to know the true cost and quality of care. Price shop for the best healthcare without overpaying.

 



  • Accompanying the Dying - A Practical, Heart-Centered Wisdom for End of Life Doulas and Health Care Advocates by Deanna Cochran, RN


  • Honoring the Mystery - Uplifting Insights from the Language, Visions, and Dreams of the Dying by Barbara Morningstar.



 



 




Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Online Resources

Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Online Resources

Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life Online Resources

  • Afternote
    Allows you to make your last wishes known, to leave messages for your loved ones and record your life story in a beautiful way.
  • Cake
    The easiest way to discover, share, and store your end-of-life preferences.
  • Everest
    A funeral planning and concierge service rolled into a life insurance plan.  
  • Everplans
    A secure, digital archive of everything your loved ones will need should something happen to you.  
  • MyDirectives
    Helps you create your own emergency, critical and advance care plan for your family and doctors so they can make decisions on your behalf.
  • Safebeyond
    The digital time capsule, emotional life insurance.
  • Vital Decisions -Let's talk about what's important to you. a personal approach to advance illness decision making and support