Fall Newsletter Archive

2018 Fall Newsletter

2018 Fall Newsletter

Death’s Summer Coat: The Natural Death Handbook

Dr. Brandy Schillace, PhD, writes at the intersections of medicine, history, and literature. In her blog, she gives insight to her perspective on death: I was not afraid of death, […]

End-of-Life Doulas

There is a growing movement of volunteers and professionals who are pushing for greater compassion and companionship for people who are dying. Borrowing language from the birthing world, they’re called […]

DIY Coffin-Building Workshop Reviving Dying Art Of Casket-Making

by Carla Howarth, Australian Broadcasting Corporation A coffin-making community group has popped up in Tasmania’s northwest, allowing people to make their caskets dirt cheap. The Community Coffin Club meets once […]

CMS Price Survey

Have you visited our price survey? It’s at http://clevememorialsociety.org/price-comparison-tool/. You can compare “apples to apples” prices for any of about 100 funeral homes in the Northeast Ohio area. As a […]

Speakers Are Available

We need you to help your Memorial Society find speaking engagements in order to inform more people about the services we provide. How about your AARP group? Your retirement crowd? […]

Burial alternatives

Excerpted from an article by Emanuela Campanella Multimedia Journalist Global News As life moves so quickly, people are often thinking about new ways of living, if it be new adventures […]

Book Reviews

Mark Binnig Death on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and Mortality by Jules Howard.  Bloomsbury Books, 2016, 288 pages List  price: $27.00 Although he begins with trying to explain to his […]

Good Grief at London’s Highgate Cemetery

The third and final evening  (9/16/2016) of the Architecture Foundation’s residency in Highgate Cemetery is a conversation on the culture of memorialisation.  The event offers a last opportunity to see […]

Election of Officers and Trustees

At the Annual Meeting there will be an election of officers and trustees. The Nominating Committee, Cheryl Hanger, Kathleen Binnig, and Jackie Stimpert, recommend the following slate: President – Jane […]

Maureen Kundtz

We are very sad to report that Maureen Kundtz, a member of our current Board has died.  Maureen had been a cheerful presence at our meetings since 2011 and has […]

CMS at the City Club

The Society has formed a relationship with the City Club of Cleveland, the nation’s oldest forum of free speech. We will be sponsoring a table at a series of four […]

Annual Meeting Speaker

We are delighted to announce that the speaker at our annual meeting (November 13 at 2:00 at First Unitarian Church in Shaker Heights) will be celebrity mortician, Caitlin Doughty, author […]

Election of Officers

The nominating committee, Jackie Stimpert, Cheryl Hanger, and Kathleen Binnig, recommend the following slate: President – Bill McCullam Vice-President – Jane McCullam Secretary – Mark Binnig Treasurer – Don Stimpert […]

What’s a Death Midwife?

From funeral cooperatives to green burials, here’s a kinder, gentler, less expensive way to die Char Barrett walked into a quaint cafe in Seattle with business in mind. Over the […]

Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law

Oregon’s law was crafted and initially voted into law in 1994. However, due to legal challenges, implementation was delayed until 1998, following a second vote in 1997 in which it […]

Home Funeral Rights

Having the law on your side is sometimes only half the battle when it comes to carrying out after-death care without hiring a professional. Chances are good that a person […]

Price Survey

We have updated our area price survey on our website, where a direct comparison can be made among several funeral directors. Since our last published results a year ago we […]

Speakers for Annual Meeting

Our guest speaker this year will be David R. Mitchell, who has been manager of the City of Cleveland’s twelve cemeteries for more than 25 years. The oldest of these […]

Election of officers

The nominating committee, Roger Peckinpaugh, Iris Bishop, and Flo Marcinko, recommend the following slate: President – Bill McCullam Vice-President – Jane McCullam Secretary – Mark Binnig Treasurer – Don Stimpert […]

Organize your memorial service

Enjoy the leftover Halloween candy and get busy. Or, better yet, pour a glass of wine, put out the chips, invite friends and/or family over and plan your Memorial Service. […]

Welcome to our family

We are pleased to announce that two funeral directors will be joining  us in offering services to our members.              Mr. Gary Best of Best Funeral Home in Middlefield, Ohio […]

El Dia de Muertos

Halloween, a contraction of All Hallows Eve, is on Friday this year. This holiday originated in Germany during the Middle Ages when boarding students at various universities took to the […]

Dividing cremation remains and scattering

Several years ago, Dear Abby published a letter from parents who said that their son was killed on a skiing trip. A friend asked for some of the son’s ashes […]

Cremation rates rise nationally

The rate of families choosing cremation continues to rise across the country, according to the Cremation Association of North America (CANA). CANA statistics on cremation are regarded as the most […]

Who are we?

The next time someone asks you what the Cleveland Memorial Society is, tell them the Cleveland Memorial Society is a non-sectarian, non-profit group of diverse people who unite in the […]

Volunteer Pallbearer Services

Four hundred sixty-eight students from St. Ignatius High School volunteer with the Pallbearer Program to provide service for those who have died indigent, alone, or with few remaining family or […]

Reporting the Death of a Federal Annuitant

The National Association of Retired Federal Employees reports that there are three ways to contact OPM (Office of Personnel Management) to report the death of a federal employee or annuitant […]

Memorial Options

How to memorialize the life of a loved one? The cemetery salespeople would like you to purchase a grave or a niche. What if that is not what your loved […]

Famous Last Words

Well, gentlemen, you are about to see a baked Appel. Who: George Appel, executed by electric chair in 1928 But how the devil do you think this could harm me? […]

Executors’ Deadlocks

hank my aunt for this tip. She has 12 children and has named one from each age group to be her Executors. What happens when there is a deadlock in […]

Price Survey Results

Periodically, The Society conducts a price survey of funeral directors in our service area. This information is available on our website, where a direct comparison can be made among several […]

Vanessa Niekamp will be our annual meeting speaker

Our guest speaker this year will be Vanessa Niekamp, Executive Director of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors. She will give us an inside look at how her […]

Funeral Consumers Alliance

The Funeral Consumers Alliance is our umbrella organization, that is, all of the Memorial Societies are members of and support its mission. FCA does what no one Memorial Society can […]

Things To Do

Do you have a “To Do” list? I do, and every day I check things off – and add things! Here are suggestions to add to your “To Do” list. […]

Revised Constitution of the Cleveland Memorial Society

Following election of officers and trustees, there will be a vote on adoption of a new constitution. The following is the new constitution proposed by the board: CONSTITUTION OF THE […]

From the President

What could be more scintillating than a re-write of our Constitution? Well, here it is. You, the members, must approve these changes. Most are simply wording changes; i.e., take out […]


There will be an election of officers and trustees. The nominating committee, Maureen Kundtz, Iris Bishop, and Bob Murphy, recommend the following slate: President – Bill McCullam Vice-President – Jane […]

Right of Disposition Form

You have the right under Ohio law to designate one person to have authority to make the decision of what to do with your body at the time of death. […]

Kevin O’Brien will be our annual meeting speaker

Kevin is a Certified Celebrant. After studying various religious traditions, he came to know the importance of ritual. He was trained by Doug Manning and the Insight Institute and then […]

Death Notices In The Plain Dealer

I am a regular obit  (a free news story) and death notice (a paid notice usually submitted by the family and/or funeral director) reader. Most Notices are cut-and-dried – surviving […]

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