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IJ 2008 FCA Conference Speech IJ 2008 FCA Conference Speech

Date added: 07/21/2008
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Valerie Bayham of the Institute for Justice gave this fun - and inspiring - description of how government regulators give in to industry demands at the expense of consumers.

The Future of Funeral Consumer Advocacy - Josh Slocum 2008 The Future of Funeral Consumer Advocacy - Josh Slocum 2008

Date added: 07/09/2008
Date modified: 07/09/2008
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FCA Executive Director Joshua Slocum delivered this welcome address to the 2008 FCA Biennial Conference delegation in Seattle.

Marketing Your Mission - Slideshow from PMA Marketing Your Mission - Slideshow from PMA

Date added: 07/09/2008
Date modified: 07/09/2008
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A slideshow on how to get the word out to regulators and the public about your funeral consumer advocacy, from the oldest and largest funeral consumer group, Peoples Memorial Association. Presented by PMA President Ruth Bennett and Executive Director John Eric Rolfstad.

Advocacy 101 - Slide Show from Josh Slocum Advocacy 101 - Slide Show from Josh Slocum

Date added: 07/09/2008
Date modified: 07/09/2008
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Executive Director Josh Slocum\'s slide show \"Advocacy 101\" for the 2008 FCA Biennial Conference.

Green Burial Slide Show by Mark Harris Green Burial Slide Show by Mark Harris

Date added: 07/09/2008
Date modified: 07/09/2008
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Mark Harris, author of \"Grave Matters,\" prepared this slide show on natural burial and common questions about it for the FCA 2008 National Conference.

Home Funerals Slide Show from Donna Belk Home Funerals Slide Show from Donna Belk

Date added: 07/09/2008
Date modified: 07/09/2008
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An illustrated slide show of modern families taking care of their own dead privately.

Advocacy 101 Action Plan Advocacy 101 Action Plan

Date added: 07/06/2008
Date modified: 07/06/2008
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A step-by-step guide, with real-life examples, on how to track funeral consumer issues in your state. The Action Plan includes tips on attending state funeral board meetings, tracking good and bad legislation affecting funeral consumers, getting the word out to the media, and building coalitions with other organizations to ensure funeral consumer rights are protected. Presented by FCA Executive Director Joshua Slocum at the 2008 FCA National Biennial Conference.

Joyce Homan\'s Speech Joyce Homan\'s Speech

Date added: 07/06/2008
Date modified: 07/06/2008
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Outgoing President Joyce Homan delivered this speech - \"The Chivas Regal Effect\" - to the 2008 FCA National Biennial Conference.

Effective Networking Effective Networking

Date added: 07/06/2008
Date modified: 07/06/2008
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What\'s an \"elevator speech,\" and why do you need one? How do you get professionals from other advocacy organizations interested in what you do as a funeral consumer group? Julie Lomoe, Administrator for the Memorial Society of the Mohawk-Hudson Region has the answers in this guide.

Kathryn Tucker - Compassion and Choices Kathryn Tucker - Compassion and Choices

Date added: 07/06/2008
Date modified: 07/09/2008
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Kathryn Tucker, Director of Legal Affairs for Compassion and Choices, gave this presentation on barriers to patient choice in pain management and hastening death at the 2008 FCA Biennial Conference.

Dangers of Prepaying

"Preneed" is a term coined by the funeral industry to describe the arrangement and payment of a funeral prior to death. Obviously, if you are to have any say in it, you must plan in advance of your death. "Prearrangement" is also used interchangeably with "preneed".

The marketing of preneed plans for funeral services and merchandise is increasingly prevalent. Various companies, including insurance companies, "for-profit cremation societies," and "preneed associations" flood the mail with advertising which touts the benefits of their preneed plans. There are a number of pitfalls, as well as options, about which consumers should be well-informed.

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FCA events

  • FCA Executive Director Josh Slocum will be a guest on wrcr.com's live show 10:10 a.m. Eastern, July 24. Go here to stream.

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