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This profile was last updated on 11/4/08  and contains information from public web pages.

Treasurer

Phone: (614) ***-****  HQ Phone
Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio
P.O. Box 14835
Columbus , Ohio 43214
United States

Company Description: Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio provides information about end-of-life issues to individuals through consumer education outreach, including group...   more
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Board Memberships and Affiliations

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Education and Training
www.growingolder.org, 4 Nov 2008 [cached]
March 28 - Funeral Planning; Phyllis Byard, Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio
Crossroads Baptist Church, The Woodlands, Texas - Crossroads Baptist Church, The Woodlands, Texas
www.crbctw.org, 6 April 2002 [cached]
Phyllis Byard keeps her last wishes in the same place she keeps the frozen peas and Rocky Road ice cream - in the freezer compartment of her refrigerator.
"We were told that is one place where emergency personnel are told to look," explained Byard, who is treasurer of the Funeral Consumers Alliance of Central Ohio.The volunteer group helps people plan funerals that won't cost a fortune.
And, like most of the members of the alliance, Byard has detailed her last wishes in a little blue booklet titled "Before I Go You Should Know."
The kit comes complete with a refrigerator magnet that features an illustration of a hand holding a note and reaching out of a tomb.The magnet bears the message: "Matters of life and death inside."
Suppose you have a nephew who is an accordionist, and you want to make sure he doesn't show up at your funeral to play "My Way."
Just flip to the section of your freezer booklet headlined "Please don't at my funeral/memorial service" and spell it out.
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Byard suggested that the booklet can help eliminate confusion and squabbling among survivors."At that time," she said, "there is so much going on, it is hard to remember who said what when."
If it is all right there in the freezer, doubts and differences of opinion are eliminated.Why the freezer?
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Byard said that people who do a lot of traveling simply take the pouch out of the freezer and put it in their suitcase when they hit the road.
She said that the booklet is complete "even down to instructing people, 'Don't forget to cancel my hair appointments on Thursdays.' "
Want to be buried with your favorite fishing pole or ukelele?Note it in the booklet.
One section of the booklet is headed: "I can't take it with me, so here is where it is."
The booklet also includes a living-will form and durable power of attorney for health care.One of the best features of the booklet, though, is that it allows its owner to be as unconventional as he chooses not matter what survivors might think.
For my part, it might take a while to get used to having a booklet specifying my last wishes resting in the Frigidaire atop a Tombstone frozen pizza.
Email Directory and Committee Reps
www.firstuucolumbus.org, 30 April 2011 [cached]
Phyllis Byard
About Funeral Consumers Alliance
www.funerals.org, 24 May 2003 [cached]
Phyllis Byard87 Orchard Dr.Worthington, OH 43085Voice/fax: 614-436-8911E-mail: PhyllisByard@worldnet.att.net
Senior Clubs
www.ofmc.org, 2 Dec 2007 [cached]
Phyllis Byard, Treasurer 87 Orchard Drive Worthington, OH 43085-3656 (614) 846-2747 phyllisbyard@columbus.rr.com
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