2012 Annual Meeting

On Sunday, October 21, 2012, 2-4pm in the Grand Ballroom of the Clarion Hotel in Northampton, we gathered for our annual meeting and program. 

View a printable flyer for the event

Gail Rubin, author of A Good Goodbye: Funeral Planning for Those Who Don’t Plan to Die, gave a lively talk using film clips. Her presentation,“Laughing in the Face of Death: Funny Films for Funeral Planning,” drew a large audience, including a carload from the FCA of Eastern Mass. She used short video clips from popular movies and TV shows to illustrate some important points about the need for good planning.   “Just as talking about sex won’t make you pregnant, talking about funerals won’t make you dead – and your family will benefit from the conversation,” says Gail.

Based in New Mexico, Gail calls herself “the Doyenne of Death” and works tirelessly to educate the public about death-related matters. She is a cancer survivor and a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling as well as the International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association.  Sample more of her wit and wisdom at http://agoodgoodbye.com


At the FCAWM business meeting preceding the program, these people were elected:   

Board of Trustees:

  • 3-year term: Bruce Callahan
  • 3-year term: Susie Maddern
  • 2-year term: Dennis Pillsbury
  • 1-year term: Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
  • 1-year term: Sandy Ward



  • President - Sandy Ward
  • Vice-President - Neal Jameson
  • Treasurer - Dennis Pillsbury
  • Secretary - Joan Pillsbury