Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts records: Now available for research

University Archives & Special Collections in the Joseph P. Healey Library at UMass Boston is pleased to announce the availability of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts records, 1907-2010 (bulk 1980-2010).

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that educates funeral consumers about their rights and options. FCAEM provides consumers with current information about after-death care options in Massachusetts, including legal and practical information on death, burial, cremation, and anatomical gifts, as well as options for those who wish to care for their own dead. FCAEM maintains information on funeral directors and monitors legislation on funeral practices. The organization also provides speakers to civic and religious groups.

Founded as the Memorial Society of Massachusetts in 1962, FCAEM has undergone three name changes since its inception: The Memorial Society of New England (ca. 1970-1992), The Memorial Society, Inc. (1992-2002), and the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts (2002-present).

Additional information about the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Eastern Massachusetts is available on the organization’s website at http://fcaemass.org.

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