Annual Meeting

Our Annual Membership Meetings are held in October, usually on a Sunday afternoon. These meetings are open to the public 
and always include an educational 
Program. 


Sunday, October 14, 2018, 2:00-4:00 pm

Annual Meeting and Program

Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 Coles Meadow Rd, Northampton, MA  

Which Cemeteries Allow …?

Cemetery policies are not uniform. 

Some cemeteries are governed by town officials, some by elected commissioners, some by churches, synagogues, or other religious organizations. Others are run as private businesses. Practices can vary widely. 

How can you determine WHICH cemeteries will allow what you and your loved ones want?  If you desire a “green” or natural burial, which cemeteries allow that?

Come hear what we are learning as we survey cemeteries. FCAWM and Green Burial MA are working jointly to compile a directory of cemeteries. 

VOLUNTEERS welcome in SUMMER 2018 to help with the survery. (See page 3 of our Spring 2018 Newsletter.)

More details about this program will be in our Fall newsletter. 

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Last year's program:

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 2:00-4:00 pm

Annual Meeting and Program

Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 Coles Meadow Rd, Northampton, MA  

Answering Questions about Cemeteries

How far in advance to buy a plot? What is the likely cost of a plot? 
If my family has an extra plot, what are the options for selling or donating it? Who makes policy decisions about a cemetery? Who will maintain it? 
What monuments or ornaments are allowed? What are “opening and closing” costs and policies?
Why do some cemeteries require “vaults” or grave liners? Who keeps track of burial records? What happens when a cemetery runs out of space? Could old plots be recycled, as done in parts of Europe?

Come hear knowledgeable panelists answer these and related questions. 

  • Joshua Slocum, Executive Director, Funeral Consumers Alliance
  • Carol Coan, Cofounder of Green Burial MA; Caretaker, Mt. Toby Friends Burial Ground
  • Joan Pillsbury, Member of Gill Cemetery Commission; Board member of Green Burial MA and FCAWM. 

Bring your friends, and your questions. 
Refreshments will be served.

A brief FCAWM Annual Meeting (electing trustees) will precede the program. 

See Fall 2017 newsletter for articles about cemeteries, and for more about our special guest Joshua Slocum.

See Spring 2018 newsletter for 2-page report of the Questions asked by the audience and Answers given by the panelists.

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See our Annual Meetings Archive for program topics and photos of past years.