Spring Newsletter Archive

2019 Spring Newsletter

2019 Spring Newsletter

Annual Meeting September 24

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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Death Cafe

At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat, drink, and discuss death. At these gatherings, now happening around the world, people meet to

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

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

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Are you familiar with “Green Burial”?

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

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Dear Family

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

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Coffins (or not)!

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

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End of Life Considerations and Resources 

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

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View from the President’s Chair

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

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Doulas for the Dying

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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Minutes of the 2015 Annual Meeting

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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FCA Biennial Conference

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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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

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Speaker for Annual Meeting

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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Book Reviews

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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Urban Death Project

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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Promession

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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What If I Die In Another Country

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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Annual Meeting Minutes

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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Thank you Linda

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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Digital Assets

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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New Website

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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Celebrations of Life

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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Medical Devices

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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Green Burial

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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Letter from the President

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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