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Newsletter 2019

The Gift of Peace of Mind

Give this important gift to yourself.  Make a good advance care plan for your future medical care that you want, taking the burden and uncertainty away from your family and loved ones about your wishes.  Let them know how you want to be cared for matching your values and beliefs, before your life changes and you can no longer express your desires. Peace of mind is a precious gift you can give yourself.

Newsletter 2018

Planning for My Death

What if you had to "step out" of your life today? Who knows:


· where you hide your extra set of keys

· when your bills are due and how they are paid, your bank accounts, retirement funds, healthcare and life  insurance policies

· who provides your healthcare (doctors, alternative therapists, pharmacy…)

· how you want your last few hours to be spent

· if you have an Estate Plan or an Advance Healthcare Directive

· what you want done with your remains...

Newsletter 2016

2016 Annual Meeting: FCAH will host Charles Garfield, Phd. 

The spring FCAH Annual Meeting is rapidly approaching and this year’s gathering promises to be as inspiring and as soulful as 2015’s!  The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Humboldt is very pleased to be hosting Dr. Charles Garfield on Saturday April 9, 2016 from 1:00pm to 4:30pm, where he will present Death, Aging, and the Soul Aroused: Embracing Life's Final Mystery.  An author, educator and end of life thought   leader, Dr. Garfield has been recognized   internationally as the founder of Shanti, a widely acclaimed volunteer organization, and the Shanti National Training Institute (SNTI).

Newsletter 2014

A Personal Life And/Or A Personal Death

It's not a paradox; the words "life" and "death" are interchangeable.  It is not a tragedy that we die, but a miracle that we live at all.  The crux of the matter is to carry that with you every day.  During his talk,  Michael will share what he is learning as he walks beside and behind  people as they face the challenge of living fully while actively dying.

Newsletter 2012

Finding the "Oh, Wow" in Our Death Experience. 

“Oh wow. Oh wow. Oh wow.”  These were reportedly the last words spoken by Steve Jobs moments before his last breath.   Death is one of life’s great mysteries. Anecdotes like Steve’s give us glimmers of hope that there is something beyond and that perhaps it is even something beautiful.  It is a journey each of us will make.   Sadly, many of us avoid preparing for it.  Yet, if we choose to, we can have a say in how we die, where we die, and what happens before and after death.  In so choosing, we accept the responsibility of participating fully and consciously in our care and in our deaths. 

Newsletter 2017

Brief Overview: End of Life Option Act

The End of Life Option Act is a California law that permits terminally ill adult patients, with the capacity to make medical decisions, to be prescribed an aid-in-dying medication if certain conditions are met. Signed into law by Governor Brown in October 2015, the law went into effect on June 9, 2016. California is the fifth state to enact an aid-in-dying law.

Newsletter 2015

FCAH Celebrates 50 years "Knocking on Heaven's Door" in Humboldt County! 

For this year’s Annual Meeting the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Humboldt will commemorate 50 years of community service in advocacy, education, resource and referral with an outstanding program!  We are very pleased to welcome award-winning journalist KATY BUTLER, a National Magazine Award finalist and winner of the “Science in Society” prize from the National Association of Science Writers.  Katy Butler has written about neuroscience, medicine, Buddhism and human behavior for the New Yorker, The New York Times, Vogue, Mother Jones, The L.A. Times, MORE, and The Washington Post.  She was a staff reporter for twelve years for the San Francisco Chronicle where she covered health care, social issues, riots and the human face of the AIDS epidemic.

Newsletter 2013

The Different Side of Grief

We are very pleased to welcome Sheri Whitt, MFT, as the keynote speaker for our Annual Meeting. Ms. Whitt has a rich background in helping people dealing with loss, grief and mourning. Your experience of grief may have come with the death of a parent, spouse or child.  Our shared grief may have come from one of the many traumatic deaths in our community this last year.  We may  seek to change our relationship to death or how we approach the end of our own days.