Archive March 2023

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News You Can Use: March 29, 2023

This week we provided the Catholic Church’s updated response to alkaline hydrolysis and human composting. Also in this issue, we reminded you about the reimbursement rates for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, shared the response by Gannett newspapers on its new obituary deadline, updated you on the MassHealth redetermination process and recent requests for preneed information, announced a pause in cremation services at Newton Cemetery, reminded you about the availability of free workplace employment posters, and provided links to two interesting articles in the Washington Post.


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News You Can Use: March 22, 2023

This week we provided an update on the 2023-24 legislative session that included the names of the chairs of the committees where bills related to the MFDA have ended up. Also in this issue, we informed you on a State Supreme Court ruling that churches can move remains, shared an invitation to informational sessions at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemeteries in Winchendon and Agawam, announced that the Funeral Service Foundation is now accepting applications for academic scholarships, shared that the RSVP date was extended to Friday for OCME event on March 27, informed you that the deadline for obituaries with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette will be changing permanently and that we have reached out to the Worcester Telegram to express the concerns passed along by many of you, and informed you about possible traffic delays for those heading to the National Cemetery in Bourne due to the repairs on the Sagamore Bridge.


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News You Can Use: March 15, 2023

This week, we listed the nursing homes that have closed since 2020. Also in this issue, we asked Funeral Directors to share stories about their impact on their communities, reminded you about the availability of free Paid Family Medical Leave posters and the membership benefit of free classified ads in Inside Edition, updated the reimbursement data for FEMA, and informed you about a March 27 tour of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Westfield.


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News You Can Use: March 8, 2023

This week, we informed you that Gov. Maura Healey announced last week that the state will reinstitute the redetermination process for those enrolled in the MassHealth program. Also in this issue, we reported that Healey also announced that the Fiscal Year 2024 budget will include funding to create the MassReconnect program, which will cover the cost of community college for some state residents, and shared information about Boston’s Old North Church burial site is undergoing renovations.


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News You Can Use: March 1, 2023

This week we brought you the story of Mary Forrest, wife to NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, who wrote in a recent essay about saying goodbye to her son’s physical body after his death. Also in this issue, we reminded members to register for the March 9 OSHA training session, gave highlights from the MFDA Directors’ quarterly meeting, and introduced Loose Ends, a group that finishes craft projects for the families of ill or deceased people.


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