News Items

Two workshops, October 26 and November 9, for community members to learn more about the growing home funeral movement, and the comforting experience that comes from preparing the body of a loved one for a burial or cremation. Leading both workshops will be Peg Lorenz, a home funeral guide, consultant and founder of Peaceful Passages at Home. She also has 20 years experience with hospice care.

Advanced registration required. See details on page 4 of our Fall 2013 newsletter.

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Watch an Interview On March 28, 2012, FCAWM President Sandy Ward was interviewed by Mary Wheelan for the "From the Center" program on Frontier Community Access Television (FCAT), South Deerfield, MA.

To watch the resulting video, go to the FCAT website:  www.fcat.tv

In the search box, type "sandy" and hit return key

Click on "From the Center: Sandy Ward"

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NEWS ITEM: State inspectors have charged 46 Massachusetts funeral homes around the state with violating the FTC Funeral Rule by failing to give out price lists to undercover inspectors. Read the details at: http://www.funerals.org/newsandalerts/consumer-alerts/614-massftcviolators2009

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Letter to the Editor by FCAWM President Sandy Ward published in The Republican newspaper 4/5/12.

Consumers deserve affordable funerals

When "Dear Abby" ran information about state-specific funeral consumer rights in her column March 23rd, thousands responded to the information available through the Funeral Ethics Organization. 

As another organization dedicated to protecting a consumer's right to choose meaningful, dignified, affordable final arrangements, we'd like to let your readers know about the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Western Massachusetts.

  One of the services we offer is a comparative funeral price survey. We post the results on our website, sortable by county (Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire), town, name of funeral home, or by the cost of specific services. We are now collecting the 2012 price data. Volunteers are always welcome.

  We are a nonprofit educational organization, independent of the funeral industry. We encourage communication and advance planning within families, and provide neutral information about rights and options, including green burial. We provide a handy planning kit and a newsletter to our members. For more information write to FCAWM, P.O. Box 994, Greenfield, MA 01302-0994, call (413) 774-2320, or visit our website, www.funeralconsumerswmass.org.

Sandy Ward

Holyoke

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