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National Conference 2008
Registration Deadline extended to JUNE 10 - sign up now! Please add a $30 late charge to the registration fee.

You can fax your registration form to 802-865-2626, or register and pay by phone at 800-765-0107.

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We’re in This Together
Consumer Advocacy From the Grassroots to the Nation

Seattle University
June 26 - 28, 2008
901 12th Ave.
Seattle, Washington


  • Mark Harris, author of Grave Matters
  • Valerie Bayham, Institute for Justice
  • Kathryn Tucker, Compassion and Choices
  • 10 workshops and panel discussions

If you’ve never been to Funeral Consumers Alliance’s national conference before, don’t miss this one. We’ve got the largest program of speakers in our history, and we’re honored to be working with our oldest and largest supporting member, Peoples Memorial Association, to bring you this program. PMA made history last year by opening the largest nonprofit, member-owned funeral service cooperative in the country. Don’t miss this chance to come together in the city where it all started, and meet the people who are bringing funeral consumer advocacy into the 21st century!

The registration deadline is June 10, 2008. Download your registration form today! 2008 Biennial Registration Form

Thursday , June 26

Event/ Room

  • 12:00 PM FCA Board Meeting (open to public) STCN-130 Meeting goes until 5 pm.
  • 02:00 PM Registration- Bellarmine Lobby
  • 03:00 PM Registration- Bellarmine Lobby
  • 04:00 PM Registration - Bellarmine Lobby
  • 06:00 PM Barbeque - Student Center Patio (Room 160 if raining)

Friday, June 27

  • 7 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Cherry St. Market - Student Center
  • 8 a.m Registration (UNTIL 1 PM) -Pigott Atrium
  • 08:45 AM Welcome from PMA - Pigott Auditorium
  • 9 a.m. State of the FCA, President Joyce Homan - Pigott Auditorium
  • 9:15 a.m. FCA: Who and Why We Are, Exec. Dir. Josh Slocum - Pigott Auditorium
  • 9:35 a.m. Audience Q&A - Pigott Auditorium
  • 10:10 a.m. Break Coffee in atrium
  • 10: 30 a.m. Breakouts and Workshops
    1. Advocacy 101 - PIGT-103
    2. Effective Networking - PIGT-101
    3. Funeral Director Panel Discussion - PIGT-107
    4. Old Traditions, New Ways: Home Funerals - PIGT-109
    5. Start Spreading the News (Newsletter Development) - PIGT-106
    6. Rethink, Revamp, Be Relevant -PIGT-102

12:00 noon Lunch Cherry St. Market - Student Center
1:00 - 2:30 Anatomical Donation Panel-Pigott Auditorium
2:30 - 2:50 Break
2:50 - 3:30 PMA's Funeral Cooperative - PIgott Auditorium
3:30- 4:30 Open Mic for Affiliates - Pigott Auditorium
4:30 on Dinner/sighseeing on our own

Saturday, June 28

  • 7 - 8:30 a.m. Optional Roundtable Breakfast Discussion - Campion Ballroom
  • 7 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast - Cherry St. Market Student Center
  • 7 - 10 a.m. Registration - Pigott Atrium
  • 8:45 AM Announcements - Pigott Auditorium
  • 9:00 - 10:10 Natural Burial, Mark Harris - PIgott Auditorium
  • 10:10 - 10:30 Mark Harris Book Signing - Break
  • 10:30 AM Breakouts and Workshops
    1. Marketing Your Mission - PIGT-103
    2. Natural Burial w/Cynthia Beal - PIGT-101
    3. Advocacy 102 - PIGT-106
    4. Rethink, Revamp, Be Relevant (repeat) - PIGT-102
    5. A Grave Plot: Resurrecting the Memorial Society of Rhode Island - PIGT 107
    6. Advocacy 101 (repeat) - PIGT-100

  • 12:00 noon Lunch Cherry St. Market - Student Center
  • 1:00 - 2:30 Kathryn Tucker, Compassion and Choices - Pigott Auditorium
  • 2:00-3:30 Breakouts and Workshops
    1. Marketing Your Mission (repeat) PIGT-103
    2. Diversity in Death PIGT-102
    3. Using Computers: They're Not Scary PIGT-207 Computer Lab
    4. Old Traditions, New Ways: Home Funerals (repeat) PIGT-109
    5. Advocacy 102 (repeat) PIGT-101

  • 3:30 p.m. Break
  • 4:00- 5:00 Open Mic for Affiliates - Pigott Auditorium
  • 6:30 - 7:00 Cocktails/Appetizers - Campion Ballroom
  • 7 - 10 p.m. Awards Banquet with Valerie Bayham - Campion Ballroom

Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 October 2008 09:40 )  
Comments (10)
1 Sunday, 13 April 2008 18:18
Can our members get picked up at the airport, and returned to airport?

please email to
2 Sunday, 04 May 2008 16:15
There is info about a shuttle on the registration form and the more people who share with the less it costs. Check the forum; there's a topic about ride sharing.
3 Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:53
I need a ride from the airport to the site. My plane arrives on June 26 at 2:59 pm. Any suggestions?

Dave Hedden
4 Tuesday, 13 May 2008 13:57
Josh Slocum
Hi Dave,

Please read above. You'll see the registration form includes information about the shuttle service. Attendees are responsible for arranging their own shuttle rides, but the more who ride together, the cheaper it is. Please visit our forum on this site (you'll see a link to it on the left-hand menu). There's a page there for folks to team up and share shuttle costs.

The shuttle service you want is www.shuttlexpress.com
5 Thursday, 05 June 2008 17:50
Hi Joshua,

The date above is incorrect - it should read Saturday, June 28, not January 28.

6 Thursday, 05 June 2008 23:11
Dear Ms. Sasparilla,

Thank you very much for pointing out that error so we could fix it.

Josh S.
7 Monday, 14 July 2008 20:46
I lost my mother a short time ago. I used a funeral home that was not locally owned. The ownership was in Texas. I was told that in the arrangement meeting. The management and employees are very involved in our community and are well known to this community. I can truly say my family and I were treated with the utmost respect and we had many options to select from and I felt we received a fair price after shopping two other locally owned funeral homes. The two locally owned firms just did not add up to what was offered with the corporate firm, not only in price but the service itself. We had a traditional service and were so pleased with all aspects of her funeral. They were professional in every way. Sure many things are expensive, weddings, cars, homes and the like. You seem to imply all funeral homes should do this service at no charge. I do not want to bury my own dead. I look to the professionals to help me plan a wonderful tribute for my loved ones, placing them in a homemade box and in the back of a truck as shown in the slide show is just something I could never do for my loved one. Death is a sure thing and should be planed for just as anything that’s important to us. It is about dignity and using a crate and a pickup makes me think we are in some third country…. sorry not much dignity in that.
8 Tuesday, 15 July 2008 10:17
Josh Slocum
Hi Jeff,

Thanks for your comment. We're glad the funeral home you used was professional and courteous, whether it was corporate or locally owned.

No, we've never said funeral home shouldn't charge for what they do. And we've never said every family *should* bury its own dead. We only want to make sure every family has that choice.

You're clear that you find home burial undignified. That's perfectly fine. Just remember there are some who find it very dignified. It's an individual choice.

Josh Slocum
9 Tuesday, 27 April 2010 02:52
Paul M. King
I'm a new member of the board of the FCA-Oregon. I would like to read the proceedings of the 2008 FCA Conference in Seattle, but find them garbled. I do not know what program created the text, but the PDF document on your web lists Word Pad as the text editor.

Can you advise me how to make the document readable? I run Windows 7 on a brand new HP desk PC and use WordPerfect 11 as a word processor. I also have Word Pad and a couple of other text editors installed on my system.

10 Tuesday, 27 April 2010 11:09
Josh Slocum, FCA Exec. Director
Hi Paul,

Welcome aboard FCA. Remember, you're leaving a public comment on an article - you haven't sent an email directly to me or someone on the FCA staff. There's no guarantee that we'll see your comments - I just stumbled across them. When you need specific help like this, please get in touch with us directly. You'll see a "contact us" button above.

For .pdf documents, you need a program called Adobe Reader. It's free for download. Give that a shot, and if you have more trouble, email or call me.


Josh S.

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