Category: Newsletter Articles

  • 2019 Price Survey

    For the 2019 survey, FCA of CT wrote to the approximately 300 Connecticut funeral homes and cremation services requesting their current price lists. As in previous surveys, we then turned to volunteers to contact funeral establishments that did not respond. Members can get the full survey, a summary is available here.

  • Was it an Ethical Funeral Home or Cremation Service?

    A Baker’s Dozen of QuestionsProbably the answer is “yes”…if you can answer “yes” to these 13 questions: Please let us know of your experiences with funeral and cremation services—how did they score, which were ethical, which were not, and where were the lapses? We can check and read the printed price lists, but only an…

  • The End: The Death and Life of John Shields

    A five and one-half page article in the NY Times by Catherine Porter describes how shortly before John Shields planned to die, he planned his own Irish wake: “old fashioned with music and booze, except for one notable detail – he would be present. Then his family would take him home and he would die…

  • Last Letters

    Last Letters Saying goodbye forever is always difficult both for the voyager and for those who stay. But worse still is leaving with no communication. I have always appreciated the good friends who let me know of their serious diagnosis or their move to hospice, and for the chance to exchange loving reminiscences, thoughts, and…

  • Doctors and the End of Life

    Two recent, distinctly different publications address end-of-life concerns and despite different audiences, format, and approaches, both focus of important considerations and share a common theme. End-of-life goals should emphasize quality rather than quantity of time, should be considered at all stages of life, since death can occur at any age, and should  help patients to…