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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

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  • 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,

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  • 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

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  • CMS Price Survey

    September 27, 2017

    Have you visited our price survey? It’s at https://clevememorialsociety.org/price-comparison-tool/. You can compare “apples to apples” prices for any of about 100 funeral homes in the

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Spring Newsletter 2017

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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,

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • New Website

    April 28, 2014

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

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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 –

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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”

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  • 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,

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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