Our informative annual newsletter, Egress (formerly The Messenger), is mailed to members and archives are available here.
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2012 FCIS eNewsletters
March 19: Preneed Fund Embezzlement: Calling FCIS
May 18: FCA on '60 Minutes'
May 21: Going Out in Style 213 Years Ago
June 18: Preparing for End-of-Cyberlife
July 16: My Burial Plans as of July 11, 2012
September 17: Mama's Private Pacific Ocean Funeral
October 15: The Norwegian Perspective on Funerals
October 31: FCIS November Speaking Events
November 18: November 2012
December 17: Our Gift to You
2011 FCIS eNewsletters
January 17: What the Doctor Ordered
February 21: Lincoln's Funeral Train
March 21: Planning in Uncertain Times
April 25: From Here to There
May 16: Tips From the Death-Beat
June 20: The Times They are a Changin'
August 22: Help for the Plain-Pint-Box People
September 19: A Dying Cubs Fan's Last Request
October 17: Dead Woman Found Alive in Morgue
November 21: Legislation Alert: A Girls Day Out
December 19: Grief and the Holidays: Inner Lights
2010 FCIS eNewsletters
January 16: Welcome to FCIS' First e-news
February 15: Donation, Disease and Disaster
February 24: Family-led home funeral legislation
March 4: Your Society in the Headlines
April 30: Dig this Special Offer
May 15: A Step Between Soil and Soil
June 21: Near-Death Experiences
July 15: Popping the Other Question
August 16: The Great Motivator
September 20: A Day of Losses
October 18: Grief Support by E-mail
November 15: Is Death Really an Option?
December 20: Thoughts for the Holiday Season
The No. 1 mission of Funeral Consumers Information Society is to be a source of impartial information for all Michiganians.
Therefore, we offer these free pamphlets and forms on a wide variety of death- and funeral-related topics. To download a PDF version, simply click on the name of the pamphlet.
Planning & Options
Going Out Green
Going Out Green offers a sensitive, entertaining and honest account of the twists and turns award-winning writer and Michigan author Bob Butz encountered when planning his own natural burial.
Before I Go, You Should Know
BIGYSK is an end-of-life planning kit. It comes in a plastic button-tie pouch with state-specific advanced medical directives. The 16-page write-in booklet is illustrated by the delightfully macabre artist Edward Gorey. Click here for a sneak peak.
If you're wondering how to talk to your family about your funeral plans, this booklet will help. With hundreds of thousands in print, we've seen first-hand how careful planning and candid family talk can make a tough time more manageable and less expensive.
Five Wishes is America’s most popular living will. It's written in everyday language to help start important conversations about care in times of serious illness.
Five Wishes lets your family and doctors know:
Who you want to make health care decisions for you when you can't make them;
The kind of medical treatment you want or don't want;
How comfortable you want to be;
How you want people to treat you; and
What you want your loved ones to know.
Undertaken With Love: A Home Funeral Guide for Congregations and Communities UWL is designed to be used independently by any group exploring home funerals. This step-by-step guide will teach you how to:
start a home funeral committee;
research and identify your legal rights, options and responsibilities;
handle, bathe and transport the body; and
sustain an effective home funeral committee.
Created by a volunteer cadre of home-funeral advocates across America, including FCIS's Holly Gilbert, who served as art director, and Wendy Lyons, who served as co-editor. Available as a Free PDF Download.
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Going Out Green
Before I Go
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Funeral Consumers Information Society, also known as FCIS, is a volunteer-run nonprofit dedicated to helping Michiganians make dignified, meaningful and affordable funeral arrangements since 1961.
In 2006, our mission expanded to advocate for the re-establishment of family rights in after-death care, including family-led home funerals, and to foster sustainable environmental practices, such as green burial, in the state.
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