Annual Meeting

Sunday October 20, 2013, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

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

Cremation Options and Trends

a panel of speakers 

and an opportunity to ask questions


  • Tom Robinson, Eternal Blessings Crematory, or co-owner Jim Curley will talk about operating their service and working directly with families. 
  • William "BT" Hathaway, a fourth generation funeral director from SE Massachusetts dissatisfied with the detached process of modern cremation, will describe the ceramic MemryStones he has created and how people have used them in recent months. 
  • Doug Barnshaw, M.D., a consumer advocate and long-time FCAWM member, will share his experience with “hidden” costs of cremation. 
  • Carol Coan, PhD, former president of FCAWM, will report on alternative approaches to cremation, including alkaline hydrolysis (also known as resomation or biocremation) and "do it yourself" cremation.  

A brief Business Meeting to elect Trustees and Officers proceeded the Program.

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Previous Annual Meetings have featured these programs:

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."  View a printable flyer for the event

2011 Panel on Organ Donation: 

  • Ginnie Teed, Program Manager for Tissue Development, New England Organ Bank;
  • Joe Manzo, Administrative Coordinator, Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Bank
  • Carol Coan, author, Unwrapping the Anatomical Gift (UMass Anthropology PhD)

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

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

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".

See our Annual Meetings Archive for more on past meetings

Watch for more details on our next annual meeting as the date approaches