Newsletters Archive

Fall Newsletter 2017

  • Annual Meeting September 24

    September 24, 2017

    Featured Speaker: Brandy Shillace,  author of Death’s Summer Coat Sunday, September 24 2:00 pm  Location to be announced. be sure to visit our website and look for the august newsletter […]

  • Burial alternatives

    September 27, 2017

    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 […]

  • Speakers Are Available

    September 27, 2017

    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? […]

  • CMS Price Survey

    September 27, 2017

    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 […]

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

    September 27, 2017

    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 […]

  • End-of-Life Doulas

    September 27, 2017

    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 […]

  • Death’s Summer Coat: The Natural Death Handbook

    September 27, 2017

    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, […]

Spring Newsletter 2017

  • View from the President’s Chair

    June 4, 2017

    We are pleased to welcome our new board members; John Barber, Mary Dietzen, Chip Joseph, Jill Koch-Johnston, Roland Moore, and Kate Smith. We look forward to some exciting new ideas […]

  • End of Life Considerations and Resources 

    June 4, 2017

    I’ve developed a keen interest in the way our country regards human life as we approach the end of it. This is one of the reasons I’m so interested in […]

  • Coffins (or not)!

    June 4, 2017

    Seattle based company Artful Ashes (www.artfulashes.com) is helping loved ones during the grieving process by creating unique ashes glass art memorials for those who have passed away. Through the use […]

  • Dear Family

    June 4, 2017

    Does your family know what you’ve done?  While you have made an informed decision to take care of your end-of-life plans by becoming a CMS member, it’s imperative you share […]

  • Are you familiar with “Green Burial”?

    June 5, 2017

    Or natural burial is a way of caring for the dead with minimal environmental impact that aids in the conservation of natural resources, reduction of carbon emissions, protection of worker […]

  • What if I die Out of Town or in another Country?

    June 5, 2017

    What If I Die Out Of Town Your survivors/travel companions should look online or in a telephone book for the nearest Memorial Society. A list of all societies is at […]

Fall Newsletter 2016

  • Annual Meeting Speaker

    October 18, 2016

    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 […]

  • CMS at the City Club

    October 18, 2016

    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 […]

  • Maureen Kundtz

    October 18, 2016

    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 […]

  • Election of Officers and Trustees

    October 18, 2016

    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 […]

  • Good Grief at London’s Highgate Cemetery

    October 18, 2016

    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 […]

  • Book Reviews

    October 18, 2016

    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 […]

Spring Newsletter 2016

  • Speaker for Annual Meeting

    April 26, 2016

    Our annual meeting will be on Sunday, November 13 at 2:00pm, at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland, 21600 Shaker Blvd, Shaker Heights. We are delighted to announce that the […]

  • CMS at the City Club

    April 26, 2016

    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 […]

  • FCA Biennial Conference

    April 26, 2016

    FCA Will Hold Its Biennial National Conference in Atlanta June 24-25, 2016 Every two years the Funeral Consumers Alliance hosts a conference for all affiliates. This year Atlanta has been chosen, […]

  • Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting

    April 26, 2016

    The meeting was called to order by President Bill McCullam at 2:05 p.m. at the West Shore Unitarian Church in Rocky River. Printed copies of the minutes were made available […]

  • Doulas for the Dying

    April 26, 2016

    When I tell people that I am an end-of-life doula, their first question is: what is that? The second question is why? The “what” is simple to answer: it is […]

Fall Newsletter 2015

  • Speakers for Annual Meeting

    October 22, 2015

    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 […]

  • Price Survey

    October 22, 2015

    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 […]

  • Home Funeral Rights

    October 22, 2015

    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 […]

  • Oregon’s Death with Dignity Law

    October 22, 2015

    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 […]

  • What’s a Death Midwife?

    October 22, 2015

    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 […]

  • Election of Officers

    October 22, 2015

    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 […]

Spring Newsletter 2015

  • Thank you Linda

    June 18, 2015

    With the exception of a few years off for good behavior, Linda Betzer has spent the last 29 years serving on the Board of the Cleveland Memorial Society—four years as […]

  • Annual Meeting Minutes

    June 18, 2015

    The meeting was called to order by President Bill McCullam at 2:05 p.m. at the First Unitarian Church of Cleveland.  Printed copies of the minutes were made available to members.  […]

  • What If I Die In Another Country

    June 18, 2015

    First, take some simple steps before you leave home. Leave a copy of your passport at home. Pack your reduced-size documents, a note stating what you want done with your […]

  • Promession

    June 18, 2015

    The concept of promession (an environmentally friendly way to dispose of waste) was developed by Swedish biologist Susanne Wiigh-Mäsak, who derived the name from Italian word for “promise” (promessa). She […]

  • Urban Death Project

    June 18, 2015

    Katrina Spade, a young Seattle architect, has proposed a new form of natural burial, composting. She was inspired by the use of ‘nurse’ logs in the forest which provide habitat […]

  • Book Reviews

    June 18, 2015

    We’ve been reading new books, three of which may be of interest to our members. Dr. Atul Gawande has written three previous books, memoirs of becoming a surgeon and about […]

Fall Newsletter 2014

  • Vanessa Niekamp will be our annual meeting speaker

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Price Survey Results

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Executors’ Deadlocks

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Famous Last Words

    October 1, 2014

    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? […]

  • Memorial Options

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Reporting the Death of a Federal Annuitant

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Volunteer Pallbearer Services

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Who are we?

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Cremation rates rise nationally

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Dividing cremation remains and scattering

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • El Dia de Muertos

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Welcome to our family

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

  • Organize your memorial service

    October 1, 2014

    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. […]

  • Election of officers

    October 1, 2014

    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 […]

Spring Newsletter 2014

  • Letter from the President

    April 28, 2014

    By this time I hope all of you will have had a chance to visit our new website. If you do not have computer access, please do go to your […]

  • Green Burial

    April 28, 2014

    Those of you who attended our 2012 Annual Meeting will remember that one of our featured speakers was Sara Starr of the Foxfield Preserve in Wilmot, Ohio. At that time, […]

  • Medical Devices

    April 28, 2014

    Regulations in the US prohibit the recycling of implanted medical devices after their owners die, but Frank Swain on the BBC reports that there’s “a growing trend to recover them […]

  • Celebrations of Life

    April 28, 2014

    It seems there are two types of death – sudden or slow.  We Memorial Society members should have filled out our paperwork, discussed our wishes with our loved ones and […]

  • New Website

    April 28, 2014

    If you haven’t visited our web site since February, we encourage you to take a look at http://www.clevememorialsociety.org.  The web site name (URL) is the same, but the content is […]

  • Digital Assets

    April 28, 2014

    Although I have been practicing law for over a decade, my background is in the field of communications including an undergraduate degree in telecommunications. During my junior year at Bowling […]

Fall Newsletter 2013

  • Kevin O’Brien will be our annual meeting speaker

    November 21, 2013

    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 […]

  • Right of Disposition Form

    November 21, 2013

    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. […]

  • Elections

    November 21, 2013

    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 […]

  • From the President

    November 21, 2013

    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 […]

  • Revised Constitution of the Cleveland Memorial Society

    November 21, 2013

    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 […]

  • Things To Do

    November 21, 2013

    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. […]

  • Funeral Consumers Alliance

    November 21, 2013

    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 […]

Spring Newsletter 2013

  • Estate Planning Considerations in Light of Changes in Federal and Ohio Tax Laws

    March 21, 2013

    As you know by now, the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (ATRA) was signed by President Obama on January 2, 2013. The word “relief” in the title of that […]

  • Message from the President

    March 21, 2013

    Add to Ben Franklin’s maxim, “ . . . nothing is certain but death and taxes,” the wisdom of the Greek thinker Heraclitis who said, “There is nothing permanent except […]

  • History of Cremation

    March 21, 2013

    Cremation is not an alternative to funerals, it is an alternative to ground burial, sea burial, or the ancient Zoroastrian practice (5th century B.C.) of exposure on top of specially […]

  • Write Your Own Obituary

    March 21, 2013

    A fellow in Massachusetts wrote to Dear Abby to ask whether or not he should write his own obituary. He mentioned that he learned a lot about the life of […]

  • Funerals in The News

    March 21, 2013

    Funeral planning has been on the Big Stage lately.  The November and December issues of Money Magazine have a series of articles called “The High Cost of Saying Goodbye.” The […]

  • Home Funerals

    March 21, 2013

    Home births, home schooling, home hospice care, now there is growing interest in home funerals. Of course this is not a new idea. In the past, people cared for the […]

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