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 23, 2016, 2:00-4:00 pm

 Annual Meeting and Program

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

Cremation: Pros, Cons, & Environmental Impact 

A panel of informed volunteers discussing issues and answering questions. 

We will provide updated information about cremation options, and PRICES, in Western Massachusetts. One option ceased when Eternal Blessings (Guilford, VT) stopped accepting customers from MA, and then went out of business.  Eternal Blessings had specialized in direct service to families.  What other crematories help families directly?

Why are we focusing on cremation? The rate of cremation in the U.S. has now surpassed burials, according to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). The rate of cremation is expected to grow to 89.4% by 2035, according to the NFDA Cremation and Burial Report released in June 2016.

Is this trend towards cremation good news? That depends...  Come hear our panelists.  Bring your friends, and your questions.

Refreshments will be served.

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

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Last year's program:

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Annual Meeting 2:00 pm 
Program 2:30-4:00 pm 

Rockridge Retirement Community, 
25 Coles Meadow Rd, Northampton.

Five (or more) Shades of Green

A program presented in conjunction with Green Burial Massachusetts

Panelists included:

  • Carol Coan, Cofounder of Green Burial MA, Instructor, “Funeral Planning for the Living” 
  • Candace Currie, Director of Planning & Cemetery Development, Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, MA; Director of the Green Burial Council
  • Judith Lorei, Cofounder of Green Burial MA, member of Montague Cemetery Commission
  • Heather Massey, Home funreal educatior, "In Loving Hands" 
  • Sandra Ward, President and webmaster of FCAWM.

See our Fall 2015 newsletter for more about this event.


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Topics of previous Annual Programs:

2014  Choices in After-Death Care: A Road Show from FCA of Eastern Massachusetts. Four presentors: Sandy Ward, Heather Massey, Eva Moseley, and Ruth Faas.      (read more... and see more photos...)   

2013  Cremation Options and Trends: A panel   (read more...) 

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2012  Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don't Plan to Die, spoke on "Laughing in the Face of Death: Funny Films for Funeral Planning."    (read more...) 

2011  Your Last Gift: Anatomical Donations. A panel.    (read more...

2010 Joanna Lillian Brown, author of "Caring for Dying Loved Ones: A Helpful Guide for Families and Friends".   (read more...

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2009 Panel on home funerals: “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Home Funerals but Didn’t Know Whom to Ask”     (read more...

2008 Mark Harris, author of Grave Matters: A Journey through the Modern Funeral Industry to a Natural Way of Burial, spoke on "Bringing Green Burial to Western Massachusetts".      (read more...

See our Annual Meetings Archive for more on past meetings