Funeral Consumers Alliance of Champaign County, IL


Who We Are

No one wants to talk about death, yet it remains an unspoken concern for many of us. Memorial Societies and Funeral Consumer Alliances do talk about death and provide vital information enabling people to make well-informed decisions that can bring them and their families peace of mind. Beginning early in this century, these societies were created throughout the United States to offer simple, respectful, and affordable funeral arrangements. The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Champaign County (formerly The Champaign County Memorial Society) is an affiliate of the Funeral Consumer Alliance, a Federation of Non-profit Funeral Information Societies. The FCACC is currently the only such organized society in downstate Illinois. We were formally established in the early 1970’s to help members plan for death with dignity, to promote simplicity in funeral and memorial services, to acquaint them with options, and to avoid unjustified costs. We are a 501(c)(3) organization, operating as a public charity under IRS regulations. We are financed strictly by donations. We have no paid staff. A volunteer board of nine members runs the organization.

What We Do

In recent years, the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Champaign County has broadened its interests to provide members with information about a spectrum of end-of-life planning decisions applicable in the state of Illinois. Among the topics we have investigated, updated and reported to the membership are:
(1) hospices
(2) final arrangements check lists for families of decedents
(3) funerals and memorial services
(4) cremations and “green” burials
(5) fees and services of local funeral homes, crematories and cemeteries
(6) advance medical directives
– living wills
– durable powers of attorney for health care
– patient directives concerning withholding, withdrawing, or terminating life sustaining treatments
– policies and practices of local health care providers
(7) self deliverance and assisted suicide
(8) information about relevant legislation which affects the concluding part of life.

How We Function

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Champaign County operates with a nine member Board of Trustees who serve without compensation. These trustees maintain this website and report on local board surveys and other timely topics. We also organize the annual meeting, which features expert speakers and offers informative publications. The board welcomes suggestions from members for future meetings and areas of investigation. There are increasing numbers of options concerning end-of-life planning. As people live longer, at some point they may lose their ability to make these decisions. All of us, young and old, face the inevitability of death and should have plans and directives which reflect our wishes. We invite you to join the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Champaign County and explore these important matters with us.

Board of Trustees

(Year of term expiration is given in parentheses):
Phyllis Croisant, President (2020)
Allen Avner, Vice President (2020)
Grace Schoedel, Secretary (2021)
Cloydia Larimore, Treasurer (2022)
Alice Berkson (2020)
Marilyn Lindholm (2021)
Anne Robin (2022)
Kristin Solberg (2021)
Robert Switzer (2022)