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Conference Preview---Melissa the Modern Mortician

-Joshua Slocum, executive director So, what are the Core Values of the Modern Mortician?  My core values are to be transparent about funeral care, empower families in death, and “lift the veiled hood on the cloak of death”- which can be translated into, “This Mortician will NOT feed you smokey Bull Shit on a mirrored platter.” That’s from a piece written by Melissa Unfred, and it’s one of the reasons she’ll be a featured speaker at FCA’s 2018 National Conference in Rochester June 22-24. Read more
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What I've Learned as a National FCA Board Member

By Alison Rector In May 2017,  I traveled to Seattle for my third meeting as an FCA board member.  I thought you’d like to read about the work I’m doing on the national board.  I like the work. The FCA board meetings are fun, fast paced, and productive.  Read more
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Cemetery Owners Face Multiple Felony Charges

By Nastassia Strackbein Husband and wife cemetery owners, Ted and Arminda Martin, owners of Grandview Memorial Park in Ravenna, OH and Fairview Memorial Park in Delaware, OH, face a grand jury on August 8, 2017. The Record-Courier newspaper in Ohio reported that the Martin’s are charged with, “Crimes related to the operation of the cemetery, including multiple counts of tampering with records, failure to establish a cemetery trust fund, failure to deposit sales proceeds into a cemetery trust, failure to appoint cemetery trustees, failure to file annual reports and affidavits and misdemeanor charges of failure to register a cemetery”. Read more
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A brief but shining life: Baby's 'summer of being'...

By Laurel Droz These days I notice dragonflies. They flit softly, urgently through blue sumer skies, arriving unexpectedly and alighting someplace warm. Wings stretch toward the June sun and refract light like stained glass on God’s smallest church window. Read more
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Heritage Cremation Provider has been ordered to "C...

By Nastassia Strackbein The state of Colorado has shut down Heritage Cremation Provider for misleading consumers and acting as a middle-man to generate business for funeral homes. But Heritage Cremation’s website implied to consumers that the business is locally owned and services were provided by the consumer’s “friends and neighbors. Read more
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Uniquely Vulnerable

By John Lantz At the time of “at need” funeral planning, we often refer to the funeral consumers as “uniquely vulnerable.” There are several reasons why those shopping for a funeral are vulnerable in a way they are not in any other retail transaction. Read more
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