A Guide to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers 2001-2004 Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers Ms2005-001

A Guide to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers 2001-2004

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms2005-001


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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Accession number
Ms2005-001
Title
A Guide to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers 2001-2004
Physical Characteristics
1 containers; 0.25 cu. ft.
Language
English
Abstract
Collection includes materials about the founding and organization of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge (FCAVBR), FCAVBR Cemetery and Funeral Home Surveys for 2003 and 2004, Checklist for Survivors, Pre-Planning Form for an individual's wishes and final arrangements, and the packet "Before I Go, You Should Know: My Funeral and Final Plans." The collection also includes a number of brochures prepared by the FCAVBR, including "How to Plan a Memorial Service," "Beat the High Cost of Funerals," "Recycle Your Medical Devices," and other topics related to death, grief, and funeral decisions.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

A Guide to the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers , Ms2005-001 Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers were donated to Special Collections in 2004.

Alternative Form Available

Some of the materials in the collection are available in digital form on the web site of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge: http://www.funerals.org/fcavbr/membership.htm Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge newsletters are catalogued separately.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement and description of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers commenced in February 2005 and was completed in February 2005.

Biographical/Historical Information

The Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge began in January 2001 with six members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Blacksburg, Virginia. The organization made a conscious effort to branch out and not be associated with any denomination. The group is committed to providing information about end-of-life planning to anyone who requests it. The FCAVBR is a volunteer group. It is committed to fostering a cooperative working relationship with the community, including businesses dealing with end-of-live.

Scope and Content

The collection includes materials helpful to individuals and families of individuals wishing to make their own choices related to death, funerals, and final plans. Materials have been prepared by the FCAVBR, which is concerned with helping individuals do their own end-of-life planning. It includes a Checklist for Survivors as well as "A Guide for My Survivors." The collection also contains a packet which individuals may prepare to let their individual funeral and final plans be known. It includes survey results for 2003 and 2004 FCAVBR surveys relating to costs for services of over 30 cemeteries and 27 funeral homes in the Virginia Blue Ridge area. The collection also contains over 30 brochures dealing with various topics associated with death and dying and funeral plans, such as "How to Plan a Memorial Service, "A Guide to Funeral Planning," "Organ & Body Donation," Viewing and Visitation," and "What You Should Know About Embalming. The brochures endeavor to help individuals make informed decisions regarding their final and funeral plans.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by subject matter.

Contents List

Funeral Consumers Alliance of the Virginia Blue Ridge Papers 2001-2004 .
  • Background Material . 1-1, Box-folder
  • Pre-Planning Forms . 1-2, Box-folder
  • "Before I Go, You Should Know: My Funeral and Final Plans" packet . 1-3, Box-folder
  • Cemetery and Funeral Home Surveys . 1-4, Box-folder
  • Brochures . 1-5, Box-folder