A Will for the Woods
A Will for the Woods (1h 42m - Documentary/Drama) A man's passionate wish for a legacy of green burials inspires a profoundly affecting and optimistic portrait of people finding meaning in death. Musician, folk dancer, and psychiatrist Clark Wang battles lymphoma while facing a potentially imminent need for funeral plans. Determined that his last act will not harm the environment and may even help protect it, Clark has discovered the movement to further sustainable funerals that conserve natural areas. The film follows Clark’s dream of leaving a loving, permanent legacy by using green burial to save a nearby woods.
The FCAEM supports the Green Cemetery Initiative, a collaboration between Mount Grace and Green Burial Massachusetts to establish Massachusetts’s first green cemetery open to all. The FCA of Eastern Massachusetts is dedicated to educating consumers about their rights and options, and publicizing up-to-date information about the state of after-death care options in Massachusetts.
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FCAEM 2014 Annual Meeting
Curious about after death care, but don’t know where to get reliable information? Come learn the answers to questions such as: Can you really keep a dead body at home? Are there alternatives to conventional burial and cremation? How can I find a low-cost coffin? How can I make a funeral more meaningful and personal?
Choices in After-Death Care
Featuring a panel of knowledgable volunteers:
Heather Massey, home funeral guide of “In Loving Hands,” a center for natural death-care education: The Why and How of Home (or Do –It-Yourself) Funerals
Eva Moseley, member Green Burial Committee: What is Green Burial and Why Is It a Good Choice?
Raya Gildor, President of the Funeral Consumers Alliance or Eastern Massachusetts: The FCA and Consumer Choice
Ruth Faas of Mourning Dove Studio: Finding Meaningful Ways to Honor and Grieve
Day: Saturday, March 29, 2014
Accessible via MBTA bus, and there is parking onsite. (MBTA bus 71 or 73 from Harvard Square; get off at the Brattle Street stop and cross Mount Auburn Street)
Return to Life
Join us for this free lecture in Story Chapel with Mary Woodsen, who brings nearly 15 years and a wealth of ground-up experience with the natural burial movement – as well as evocative imagery – to her talk, Return to Life.
This event is co-sponsored by the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts. The FCAEM is dedicated to educating the public about the rights and options, and publicizing up-to-date information about the state of after-death care options in Massachusetts.
The FCAEM 2014 newsletter is available.
Death is something no one wants to think about. But, when a death does occur, there are many important decisions to be made. These are decisions which should not have to be made at such a difficult and painful time. To ease the burden on your family and friends, there are things that you can do now and plans that you can make today. Check out our benefits of membership.
For a helpful article on Planning a Funeral from Boston Consumers' Checkbook click here.
Do It Yourself
It is perfectly legal in Massachusetts, as in most other states, to care for your own dead without using a funeral home at all. Or, if you wish, you might want to use only limited services, for example, help with transportation, or the necessary paper work. Whether planning for yourself, or someone close to you, see our advice on doing it yourself.
FCAEM helped revive this time honored tradition in the 1990s by clarifying the law with the state after the funeral Board of Registration had led many to believe that the practice was illegal. Click here for details of that history.
2013 Funeral Service Survey Results
The FCAEM Board conducted a new funeral home survey in January 2013. Massachusetts Funeral homes were asked to answer a survey and send us their General Price List.
You can view the responses to the 2013 and earlier surveys and the General Price Lists of those who responded by clicking here.
[last updated 2014-08-09]