Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine June 2013 Newsletter

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine (FCAM) is a non-profit, all volunteer, educational organization dedicated to helping members make informed decisions about after-death arrangements that are dignified, meaningful, and affordable.

The following was included in their June Newsletter

 

Peter McHugh’s Death

We are sorry to hear of the death of Peter F. McHugh of Limington, Maine. Peter founded the Cedar Brook Burial Ground, one of only two green cemeteries in Maine. He was a strong supporter of the Green Burial movement, Do-It-Yourself burials, and of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine. Peter spoke at our annual meeting on more than one occasion.

Peter set aside two acres of his 150-acre tree farm as a green burial cemetery, to preserve the natural beauty of the land in perpetuity. He was buried there on March 12th, next to the large stone marking the old Joshua Small family cemetery.
You can see what Peter created, and what his family carries on, at http://mainegreencemetery.com.

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‘Ecofunerals’ on the rise in the US

Environmentally conscious Americans are opting for ecofriendly “green” funerals.

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Entering Cedar Brook Burial Ground

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Visitors are welcome to tour the grounds.

For a tour of the grounds or a brochure, call Joyce Foley at 207.637.2085, email at CBBG@MaineGreenCemetery.com or request information by mail: Cedar Brook Burial Ground, 175 Boothby Rd, Limington, ME 04049-3019

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Natural Burial: Build an Eco-friendly Coffin and Plan a Green Funeral

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Have you considered natural burial options? From sustainably harvested bamboo to simple and inexpensive DIY coffins, there are eco-friendly options to consider when it comes to funeral planning.

By Tabitha Alterman
June 12, 2009

You don’t have to break the bank in order to plan a thoughtful funeral. You may want to consider building or commissioning a simple, handmade coffin.

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National Home Funeral Alliance

National Home Funeral Alliance is a nonprofit alliance of home funeral guides, educators, and advocates dedicated to educating the public to the intrinsic value of a home funeral, and to supporting those who promote the rights of families and communities to care for their own after death in eco-friendly, affordable, and family-directed ways. Go to their website for extensive resources and news, and find out about trainings and workshops across the country. The NHFA holds an annual conference that is open to the public. For more information, go to www.homefuneralalliance.org.

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New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy

New Hampshire Funeral Resources, Education & Advocacy is a New Hampshire based resource, training and speakers bureau committed to supporting informed consumer choice through education and advocacy, and promoting green funeral and burial practices.

For more information, go to www.nhfuneral.org.

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Wooden Coffins for a Green Burial

Down to Earth Classic Wooden Coffins
by Lew McGregor
P.O. Box 2006, Hope, Maine 04847
207 763-3129, 207 542-8668
Price range $200-$1000
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Home Funerals Grow As Americans Skip The Mortician For Do-It-Yourself After-Death Care

A little over five years ago, Alison and Doug Kirk held their 9-year-old daughter’s hand as she lay on a futon in their Nashville living room, told her they loved her, and watched her take her last breath.

The Kirks had known for a long time that their little girl, Caroline, would die. In her last weeks, she was under hospice care, lived off an oxygen machine, was fed through a tube, and spoke only in small murmurs. It was the normal course for a child born with Niemann-Pick, a terminal disease that gradually leads to the breakdown of the nervous system, brain and lungs.

What happened after Caroline’s death was anything but typical.

Click here for the rest of the story.

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A visit to Cedar Brook Burial Ground

Cedar Brook Burial Ground is especially beautiful in the autumn.

These lovely photographs were shared by a recent visitor. We are open year ’round to visitors. Call or write if you would like to schedule a guided tour.

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Marker for Widget

Widget, Peter’s & Joyce’s faithful companion, is remembered.

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