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Member Talks! by WA. State Funeral Directors Association

155 EpisodesProduced by Rob Goff, CFSPWebsite

The Washington State Funeral Directors Association (WSFDA) has one solely focused and primary goal - to fulfill the needs of its membership. With that focus in mind, Member Talks! was created to start conversations about funeral service. We discuss funeral-related issues, ideas, and events specifi… read more

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Member Talks! WSFDA Prof. Women's Conference

February 7th, 2023


As we sit in Las Vegas looking over the strip, we want to share the upcoming WSFDA Professional Women's Conference with you.  To find out more email us at

Member Talks! w/ Heather Welborne

January 31st, 2023


Today we sit down with Heather Welborne from All Her Friends Are Dead. Heather shares a little bit about what she will be talking about at the  WSFDA Professional Women's Conference. This event will be on March 11, 2023.

MemberTalks! w/ Travis locke

January 24th, 2023


Why hire a funeral professional if you can simply buy a funeral from a funeral amateur?  What is the difference? Discover what the differences are on #MemberTalks! by WSFDA

MemberTalks! w/ Corey Gaffney

January 17th, 2023


No Funeral For Me! You ever hear those words said? What are people really saying to you when they say no funeral?  Today we sit down with Corey Gaffney of The Gaffney Group to discuss the possible outcome of not having …

MemberTalks! w/ Funeral Service Peer Support

January 10th, 2023


Today we sit down with Michael Dixson the founder and Executive Director of Funeral Service Peer Support.

Michael shares with us the importance of mental health support in the funeral profession and where to turn for …

MemberTalks! w/ David Bradley

January 3rd, 2023


Welcome to 2023! This year we are talking about funeral service, families, and paramotoring. And that is all just in this episode. Be sure to watch @davidbradley18 to see what we are talking about.

Member Talks! w/ Todd Reinholt

December 27th, 2022


As we end our 3rd season of MemberTalks! we welcome to the podcast Mr. Todd Reinholt from Life Celebrants International. Todd joins us to talk about …

Member Talks! Merry Christmas 2022

December 20th, 2022


We Wish you all a very  Merry Christmas! and a very Joyful New Year.

Be sure to join us next week as we kick off Season 4 of MemberTalks! by the

Member Talks! w/Death with Dignity

December 13th, 2022


Medical Assistance in Dying (aka Death with Dignity) is the topic of today's new podcast.  We sat down with End of Life Washington to discuss the topic of medical assistance in dying. What is it? Is it legal? How does …

Member Talks! w/ Seattle's Bagpiper

December 6th, 2022


Today we sit down with Neil Hubbard AKA Seattle's Bagpiper.  Neil talks with us about the history of bagpipes and why they are so popular at funerals …

Member Talks! w/ eCare Mortuary

November 29th, 2022


If you put your mind to it, Nothing can stop you from starting your own mortuary.  Meet Diane Achord from eCare Mortuary on today's brand New episode of #MemberTalks!

MemberTalks! w/ Forgotten Heroes

November 22nd, 2022


We are on location at the WA. State Veterans Ceremony for the Forgotten Heroes ceremony in which 130+ urns of unclaimed Veteran's cremated remains are being inurned.  We were honored to bring these Heroes home.

MemberTalks! WSFDA Women's Conference

November 15th, 2022


The WSFDA is hosting the First Annual WA. State Women's Funeral Professionals Conference and we want you to be apart of it.  Check out this week's episode of #MemberTalks! to hear more.

MemberTalks! w/ John T. Hill, Part 2

November 8th, 2022


Are there really four Olympic swimming pools of formaldehyde dumbed into the ground each year by funeral service? Is Formaldehyde really that bad? …

MemberTalks! w/ Christine Dziedzic

November 1st, 2022


Today we talk with Christine Dziedzic of Missumuch is a team dedicated to the creation of global awareness of healing activities that are individualized and uniquely support all people who are …

Member Talks! w/ OneRoom & Life Expressions

October 25th, 2022


Today we talk with Michelle Crandle from Life Expressions and James Montgomery from OneRoom. Both Michelle and James attended their first WA. State DeathCare Convention back in September and we had the opportunity to …

Member Talks! w/ Plot Box and Clearpoint

October 18th, 2022


What do Plot Box and Clearpoint Bank have in common? They were both supplier sponsors at the 2022mWA. State DeathCare Professionals Convention.  Take a listen to see what they have to say.

Member Talks! w/ Ultimate Canine Training

October 11th, 2022


Have you ever wanted a certified therapy dog at your funeral home? Meet Julie Case of Ultimate Canine Training.  Julie joins us to talk about …

Member Talks! w/ Pete Cameron and Blake Smith

October 4th, 2022


Let's meet long-time #WSFDA member, Pete Cameron.  Also stopping by the #Membertalks! mic today is Blake Smith from Everything After. As it turns out, Everything After has been nominated to receive the 2022 NFDA …

Member Talks! w/ Eternity's Touch

September 27th, 2022


Chuck Ferris from Eternitys Touch joins us today to discuss their unique and exclusive fingerprint jewelry options for funeral service professionals.  Check it out of #MemberTalks!

MemberTalks! w/ the Death Care Collective

September 20th, 2022


Today we sit down with the Death Care Collective to discuss the importance of women in funeral service.  It all began when 3 women decided to start …

Membertalks! w/ old West Caskets $ Kanga-Woo Cot Pouches

September 13th, 2022


We dip back into the 2022 WA State DeathCare Professionals Convention vault and meet two local Inland Empire companies working hard to serve funeral …

Member Talks! w/ Lasting Eulogies

September 6th, 2022


Lasting Eulogies is a brand new WA. State company that helps Funeral Directors, Families, and Clergy write great eulogies for loved ones being …

MemberTalks! Day 1, 2022 DCP Convention

August 30th, 2022


Professor Jennie Fredrickson stops by the podcast booth at the 2022 WA. State DeathCare Convention to discuss the LW Tech Gifted Body Program.  #Jointheconversation on #Membertalks! by the #WSFDA

Member Talks! Connecting with the LGBTQ+ Community

August 23rd, 2022


Today we sit down for the second time with Dr. Sara Murphy and Tim McLoone to hear their thoughts on their WA State DeathCare Professionals convention.  #Jointheconversation on #Membertalks! by #WSFDA

Member Talks! Convention Recap

August 16th, 2022


We wanted to talk about and give you a recap of the 2022 WA. State DeathCare Professionals Convention that just ended on August 11, 2022.  Take a couple of minutes and have a listen. #WSFDA #membertalks!

Member Talks! w/ President Mohler

August 9th, 2022


On today's Episode of #Membertalks! we sit down with Jamin Mohler, CFSP.  A few hours after we recorded this episode Jamin assumed the role of …

Member Talks! w/ Nicole Steinburg

August 2nd, 2022


What is a Death Doula? Today we meet Nicole Steinburg from to hear about the world of Death Doulas Is the funeral profession …

Member Talks! Convention Updates

July 26th, 2022


Today we hear from some of the speakers who will #Jointheconversartion at the 2022 WA. State DeathCare Professionals Convention.  Check it out on #Membertalks! by the #WSFDA

Member Talks! w/ Enduring Wishes

July 19th, 2022


Sharing your Legacy should be EASY and sharing your End-of-Life wishes should be SIMPLE.  Check out this digital safebox from Enduring Wishes

Member Talks w/ The Love Always Project

July 12th, 2022


Today we sit down with Dean Lamberet of the Love Always Project. Dean shares with us Their mission of encouraging funeral preplanning as the ultimate …

Member Talks! Never Have I Ever

July 5th, 2022


We wanted to do something fun for the 4th of July Podcast.  Our board met a few days ago for a board meeting.  At the end of the meeting, we decided …

Member Talks! w/ Dutch Nie

June 28th, 2022


Today we sit down with Dutch Nie, Secretary of the NFDA and owner of the Nie Family Funeral Homes.  Dutch shares his path to the NFDA, What growing up in a funeral home looks like, and his upcoming trip to the WA. State …

Member Talks! LWTech Job Fair Pt. 3

June 21st, 2022


This is the final day of interviews with students at the Funeral Service Education job fair at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

Member Talks! LWTech Job Fair Pt. 2

June 14th, 2022


Today we sit down with four students from the Lake WA. Institute of Technology, Funeral Service Education first annual job fair. This is a great way …

Member Talks! LWTech Job Fair Pt. 1

June 7th, 2022


We had the opportunity to attend the first-ever job fair at Lake Wash. Institute of Technology.  This was so exciting to hear from the students about …

Member Talks! Employee Satisfaction

May 31st, 2022


We recently published a survey about employee retention, and what employers are looking for in new #funeralhome employees.  In today's episode, we …

Member Talks! Memorial Day 2022

May 24th, 2022


What happens at your cemetery for Memorial Day?  Today we meet with T.J. from Coeur d Alene Gardens and Holley from Sunset Gardens and Einan's …

Member Talks! w/ LW Tech

May 17th, 2022


Online Mortuary School? Bachelors Degrees? Funeral Service certificates? what is going on over at LW Tech/ Funeral Service Education. Find out on …

Member Talks! w/ Katherine Pendergast & Lacie Brueckner

May 10th, 2022


How do I talk with my children about the death of a loved one? Will my children understand the feelings they see in others and the feelings they feel …

Member Talks! w/ Travis Locke

May 3rd, 2022


Should we lower the educational and licensing standards in the State of Washington in an effort of attracting more people into the funeral service …

Member Talks! w/ Jason Engler

April 26th, 2022


Today we sit down with Jason Engler to talk about the history of cremation in Washington State.  Jason is a cremation historian for the National Museum of Funeral History and the cremation historian for the Cremation …

Member Talks! w/ Mahala Mohler

April 19th, 2022


What is it like to grow up in a funeral home? Today we meet Mahala Mohler of Shaw and Sons in Yakima, WA.  Mahala sits down with us to talk about growing up in Central WA. State and growing up in a funeral home.  Have a …

Member Talks! w/ Rick Phillips

April 12th, 2022


In today's episode, we meet Rick Phillips of Chapel of the Valley. Rick has been a long-time supporter of the #WSFDA and has served as a board member as well as a Past President of the Association.  Rick looks back at …

Member Talks! w/ Linda Findlay Part II

April 5th, 2022


Linda Findlay from Mourning Discoveries returns to #Membertalks! to talk about the definition of Aftercare.  Check it out!

Member Talks! w/ Lacie Webb-Jendryka

March 29th, 2022


Today we sit down with Lacie Webb-Jendryka from the Historic Claquato Cemetery in Claquato, WA.  Claquato Cemetery is actually older than the State …

Member Talks! w/ Robin Collier

March 22nd, 2022


Robin Collier from The Ash Experiment stops by #MemberTalks! to join the conversation.  We talk about what the Ash Experiment is and then shift gears …

Funeral Literacy W/ Pastor Dave Noll

March 15th, 2022


In today's new episode of Funeral Literacy by Member Talks! we meet Pastor Dave Noll from Redeemer Lutheran Church in Spokane Valley, WA.  We look at …

Member Talks! w/ Linda Findlay

March 8th, 2022


In today's episode, we talk with Linda Findlay.  Linda is a co-founder of The Grief Cruises.

Tha Grief Cruises provide Daily workshops with captivating, educational grief presenters, Small group Circles of Hope specific …

Member Talks! Passare & Precious Metals

March 1st, 2022


We caught up with the 2021 NFDA Innovation award winner, Passare, at the NFDA International Expo. in Nashville, TN #nfdanashville.  On the way to …

Member Talks! w/ Eternal Remembrance

February 22nd, 2022


Create an online legacy! Eternal Remembrance is an innovative, easy-to-use virtual memorial mobile app that creates a walk through a life lost. Eternal Remembrance is a great new product to help families cherish loved …

Member Talks! Crowd Funding?

February 17th, 2022


Have you ever been a part of crowdfunding? How about a crowdfund for a funeral facility? Do you know what croudfunding is? I didn't until now.  Return Home has started a crowdfunding investment opportunity open to the …

Member Talks! w/ Nelson Sanchez

February 8th, 2022


Nelson Sanchez AKA "Don Frigid" sat down with Member Talks! at the NFDA Convention to discuss the #embalmbetter movement.  Find out more about Frigid Fluid and at #Embalmbetter

Member Talks! w/ Cost Segregation Services Inc.

February 3rd, 2022


Hey! Funeral Homeowners.  Does the thought of increasing your cash flow spark an interest in your business? Meet John with Cost Segregation Services, Inc.  He has some ways to put a little scratch back into your funeral …

Member Talks! 100th Podcast

February 1st, 2022


We never thought we would make 100, but here it is.  The 100th Podcast from Member Talks! by the WSFDA.  Some friends of the show stopped by to …

Member Talks! w/ Dr. Damon De La Cruz

January 27th, 2022


Is the American Funeral Director really filling the ground with the equivalent of four Olympic-sized swimming pools of formaldehyde every year? Let's …

Member Talks! w/ Bart Casey

January 25th, 2022


Today we meet a 20+ year friend of mine, Mr. Bart Casey of Lakeview Funeral Home in Sandpoint, ID.  Bart joins us to talk about what it is like to serve your community while losing a close family member and serving your …

Member Talks! w/ Brittany Hope

January 20th, 2022


What happens when you send us a message that you just found our podcast? We put you on it. Sit back and relax as we meet Brittany Hope from South …

Member Talks! w/ Patricia Hartley

January 18th, 2022


A published obituary can be stolen and re-published on various websites without your knowledge.  Many of those websites are using the obituary of …

Member Talks! w/ Faith Haug

January 11th, 2022


On today's brand new episode of #MemberTalks! by the WSFDA we sit down with our Social Media friend, Faith Haug to discuss organ procurement and cemetery jobs.  Come #Jointheconversation. 

Member Talks! w/ Disrupt Media

January 6th, 2022


On today's new episode of #MemberTalks! by the WSFDA we sit down with Ryan Thogmartin from Disrupt Media. Ryan shares his thoughts on social media & the comfortable beds at Northern Quest (Venue for the …

Member Talks! w/ Eternava

January 4th, 2022


Diamonds from ashes??? Today we sat down with the folks from Eterneva to discuss how they can make real diamonds from cremated remains and hair.  …

Member Talks! w/ David Speaks

December 28th, 2021


Where can you look for qualified funeral service professionals to fill the growing number of open positions at your location? What if you are looking for a change in location and do not know where to start looking? …

Member Talks! w/ Chris Raymond

December 23rd, 2021


On today's brand new holiday episode, author, web host, and former editor of The Director magazine, Chris Raymond,  joins the conversation.  Chris …

Member Talks! w/ A.J. Stocker

December 21st, 2021


There is nothing like talking with mortuary students.  They are always so full of energy and ready to take on this sometimes crazy world that we call …

Member Talks! w/ Alexandra Jo

December 16th, 2021


Alexandra Jo is the content manager at, She is a contributing author and researcher at and host at the Decoding Deathcare podcast.  Alexandra stopped by …

MemberTalks! w/ Barbara Kemmis

December 14th, 2021


A very good friend of the show, Barbara Kemmis, stopped by our booth at the 2021 DeathCon convention to #JoinTheConversation on Member Talks! by WA. State Funeral Director Association

Member Talks! w/ FT Cremation

December 9th, 2021


Need a Crematory? Need Cremation equipment? Check out Faculatieve Technologies on Member Talks! by WSFDA.  Ernie Kassoff, National Sales Manager sits …

Member Talks! w/ Brie Smith

December 7th, 2021


Our friend Brie Smith from Return Home joins us once again for this last recording from the 2021 CANA Convention held in Seattle, WA.  Join the conversation at #MemberTalks!

Member Talks! w/ Ron King

December 2nd, 2021


Have you ever wondered where one goes to buy a hearse? Butler Coach Company is the answer.  Today we sit down with Ron King from the Butler Coach Company to discuss custom-made funeral vehicles. 

Member Talks! w/ Brian Ruddell

November 30th, 2021


Have you ever thought about the pilot and aircrew that is responsible for transporting a deceased person to their destination of disposition? Today we talk with Airline Pilot, Brian Ruddell about the experience of …

Member Talks! Happy Thanksgiving

November 25th, 2021


Searching for something to listen to while preparing for dinner this Thanksgiving? Check out this bonus episode of Member Talks! as we hear from our board of directors wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Member Talks! w/ John T. Hill

November 23rd, 2021


On this New episode of Member Talks! by #WSFDA we meet Embalmer, Professor and Funeral Director, Mr. John T. Hill.  We met John at the #NFDA convention held in Nashville a few weeks back, however, we were not able to …

Member Talks! w/ After Life Mortuary Service

November 16th, 2021


On today's new episode of Member Talks! we meet Madeline Lyles and Dana Taylor from After Life Mortuary Service (ALMS). Madeline and Dana joined forces a couple of years back to become the first female-owned, …

Member Talks! w/ Alan & Comelo

November 9th, 2021


Welcome to Season 3 of Member Talks! by WSFDA.  Today we meet two funeral directors from Mexico and Colombia.  Alan & Comelo stopped by the …

Member Talks! w/ Coldspring and Plotbox

November 4th, 2021


In Todays's new episode we go back into the #Deathcon locker to discover some recordings of two great companies that joined in the conversation at …

Member Talks! w/ Kevin Precht and MorTrack

November 2nd, 2021


In today's Brand new episode we catch up with an old friend of the WSFDA and some new friends.  Kevin Precht stopped by our recording booth at the …

Member Talks! w/ Journey To Serve

October 26th, 2021


Journey to Serve is a new program aimed at recruiting military veterans to careers in funeral service.  Journey to Serve was launched in 2021 by the Funeral Service Foundation, the ICCFA Educational Foundation, and is …

Member Talks! W/ Dr. Murphy & Tim McLoone

October 19th, 2021


Today we had the privilege to attend a class at the #NFDA 2021 convention taught by Dr. Sara Murphy and Licensed Funeral Director, Tim McLoone.  The topic of conversation... the LGBTQ+ community within funeral service.  …

Member Talks! w/ Rob & Jess

October 16th, 2021


What do people do on a 4-hour flight to Nashville?  Record 30 minutes of a podcast show of course.    Check this one out.

Member Talks! w/ Shaune Hudson

October 12th, 2021



We are talking #Preneed #Preplanning and #Prearrangment with Shaune Hudson from our friends at United Heritage Life Insurance Company of Meridian, Idaho

To check out more about UHL visit

Member Talks! w/ Amy Baxter

October 7th, 2021


What do funeral Stereotypes, trade embalming, and stand-up have in common? The answer...Amy Baxter.  Amy stops by Member Talks! to share her story.  Have a listen.

Member Talks! A Drive to Districts Part 2

October 5th, 2021


Back by popular demand, Rob & Jess mic up for the car ride to the next district meeting. Listen as they discuss Nashville, cannabis, and whatever …

Member Talks! w/ eFuneral

September 30th, 2021


Mitch Smith from eFuneral stopped by the Member Talks! headquarters to join in the conversation.  Have a listen.

Member Talks! w/ Asco Pacific Supply

September 30th, 2021


Maggie Morton from Asco Pacific Supply stopped by our recording booth at #DeathCon2021.  Take a minute to listen to Maggie and be sure to check out 

Member Talks! w/ Jennie Fredrickson @ CANA

September 28th, 2021


Professor Jennie Fredrickson stopped by the podcast booth at the 2021 CANA Convention to join in the conversation.

Member Talks! w/ Wendy King

September 21st, 2021


The International Order of the Golden Rule is an association of independently owned and operated funeral homes dedicated to ethical service to all. …

Member Talks! A Drive to Districts

September 21st, 2021


What do three people who travel to eight districts meetings around the State of Washington talk about when they ride together?  Absolutely Nothing. …

Member Talks! w/ Teraloom

September 14th, 2021


Today we meet a very interesting person in Joe Nauman from Teraloom.  Do you need your loved ones transported to those far away places that used to enjoy? Listen to Joe, he has a great way to help you.

Member Talks! w/ Dana Goodell

September 9th, 2021


In today's new episode we talk with Dana Goodell From the Embalmers Supply Company #Esco

Member Talks! w/ Jason Engler

September 7th, 2021


Today we talk with the Official CANA Historian as well as the Cremation Historian at the National Funeral Service Museum, Jason Engler.  This is a fun conversation. Check it out here.

Member Talks! w/ Curtis Smith

September 2nd, 2021


Do you need a headstone, Mausoleum, or Memorial Bench? Meet Curtis Smith from Memorial Monuments.  Memorial Monuments has been crafting quality …

Member Talks! w/ Kelsey Hasson

August 31st, 2021


Are you looking for an Intern? We have a great person for you to meet.  Have a listen to this brand new episode of Member Talks! w/ Kelsey Hasson.

Member Talks! w/ Aftermath

August 26th, 2021


Today we hear from Vikas Chopra from Aftermath.  How can you help families with bio cleanup? Learn how from Aftermath.

Member Talks! w/ Drew Osberg

August 24th, 2021


Today we meet up with our friend Drew Osberg at the 103rd Annual Cana Convention.

Member Talks! w/ Don Frigid

August 19th, 2021


We met up with Nelson Sanchez (AKA Don Frigid) at the Cana convention in Seattle.  He had a lot to share with us, Have a listen.

Opening Day at the Cana Convention

August 17th, 2021


Member Talks! had the honor of podcasting from the 103 Annual Cana Convention floor in Seattle WA.  We met a lot of great people that had lots to share with us.  Have a listen

Welcome to Cana 2021

August 11th, 2021


We made it to Cana 2021. Be sure to check back often as we talk with the attendees of the CANA 103 annual convention from the Westin Hotel in Seattle, WA

Member Talks! Special Episode

August 11th, 2021


We are getting ready to kick off two great conferences. We recorded this special episode to talk about what is in the near future of Member Talks! (and to test the recording equipment)

Member Talks! w/ Larry Stuart Jr.

August 4th, 2021


CANA 103rd Annual Cremation Innovation Cremation Convention, Seattle, WA. Check out more here!

Member Talks! w/ Dr. Jason Troyer

August 3rd, 2021


Dr. Troyer joins us to talk about his upcoming trip to #DeathCon2021 in Leavenworth, WA on August 17-19, 2021

Member Talks! 2021 Conventions

July 30th, 2021


It is happening, Two great LIVE conventions in Washington State in August 2021.  Find out more here

Member Talks! w/ Michael Warfield

July 27th, 2021


Today we meet Michael Warfield, Removal Technician, and courier for a greater Seattle care center.  Check him out!

LGBTQ+ in Funeral Service on Member Talks! by WSFDA

July 20th, 2021


On today's Member Talks! by the WSFDA we discuss the LGBTQ+ community and its place within the funeral profession. Dr. Sara Murphy and FD Timothy McLoone join us to share some thoughts.

Heather Welborn on Member Talks!

July 13th, 2021


A former model turned Funeral Professional, today we talk with Heather Welborn from @allherfriendsaredead 

Member Talks! w/ Scott Dahl

July 6th, 2021


On today's brand new episode we meet Scott Dahl.  Scott is a fellow Funeral Director and long-time friend of the WSFDA.  Scott comes on to talk about Día de Muertos and other great events happening right here in Spokane.

Member Talks! w/ Viewlogies

June 29th, 2021


Live-streamed funeral services have become the new normal since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Viewlogies has kicked the technology up a notch for the …

Member Talks! w/ Michael Sharkey

June 22nd, 2021


Michael Sharkey, Esq, CCO, CFSP joins us on Member Talks! We discuss litigation, authorization, and other important "C.Y.A." information.

Member Talks! Father's Day and Funeral Service

June 20th, 2021


Happy Father's Day! Where did Father's Day begin and how is it connected to Funeral Service?

Member Talks! W/ Bridget Frost

June 15th, 2021


What is it like to e a funeral service education student in 2021? Today we talk with Bridget Frost, a current mortuary student preparing to start her 2nd year of Funeral Service Education

CANA Convention & DeathCon in August 2021?

June 11th, 2021


Did you know Washington State is going to be the place to be in August of 2021? That's right, CANA's 103 Cremation Innovation Convention and DeathCon are moving forward with live conventions in Washington State in …

Member Talks! w/ Codi Shewan

June 8th, 2021


Funeral Director and Author Codi Shewan stops by Member Talks! this week to discuss his book, Everyday Legacy, and living life intentionally.

Member Talks! Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

June 1st, 2021


As Memorial Day 2021 comes to a close we take a moment to reflect on one of America's most visited graves, The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.  Today we …

Member Talks! w/ Loving Paws Pet Loss Center

May 25th, 2021


Today on MemberTalks! we revisit Craig Bergmann from Loving Paws Pet Loss Center in the Spokane Valley.  Loving Paws Pet Loss Center offers Alkaline …

Member Talks! w/ Brian Curnow

May 18th, 2021


Today we dig into the vault to listen to Member Talks w/ Brian Curnow.  Brian spent some time in Africa developing funeral homes and joins us today …

Member Talks! W/ Special Guest Host, Jason Easton

May 11th, 2021


In today's episode, we have a special guest returning to the show.  Jason Easton returns as a past guest to host Member Talks!

Member Talks! w/ Soulumination

April 20th, 2021


Today we meet McKenzie Johnson, Executive Director of Soulumination.  Soulumination celebrates the lives of children and parents facing …

Member Talks! w/ Cascadia Search Dogs

April 13th, 2021


What are Human Remains Detection dogs? Where and when are they deployed? Today we talk with Suzane Elshult from Cascadia Search Dogs on Member Talks! …

Member Talks! w/ Melissa Polis from Garfield Refining

April 6th, 2021


What do you do with post-cremation, Alkaline Hydrolysis, or Natural Organic Reduction metal?  Learn how metal recycling can help your business grow.  …

Member Talks! a Discussion on Natural Organic Reduction

March 30th, 2021


For the first time ever, Katrina Spade from Recompose, Walt Patrick from the Herland Forest, and Micah Truman from Return Home sit down in the same interview and discuss Natural Organic Reduction. And they did it on the …

Member Talks! w/ Jamin Mohler

March 25th, 2021


Funeral Professional, Board Member, and friend, Jamin Mohler joins us on Member Talks! to talk about what is happening in Central Washington

CANA's Crucial Conversations

March 18th, 2021


It is almost here.  Register for Crucial Conversation with CANA at

Member Talks! w/ Jennie Fredrickson

March 16th, 2021


Today we talk with LW Tech professor, Jennie Fredrickson about what the future looks like for new mortuary students.  Check it out.

Member Talks! w/ the Funeral Service Foundation

March 9th, 2021


Today we talk with Lee Wiensch from the Funeral Service Foundation only on Member Talks!

Member Talks! w/ WA. State Veterans Cemetery

March 2nd, 2021


On today's Member Talks! we talk with Rudy Lopez of the WA. State Veterans Cemetery.  We discuss Veterans eligibility requirements, DD214, and what is happening around the Veterans Cemetery

Member Talks! w/ Dr. Sara Murphy, PhD

February 23rd, 2021


Today we dive into a topic rarely discussed, Suicide.  Dr. Sara Murphy is a renowned suicidologist and a Certified Thanatologist. If you are in …

Member Talks! w/ Ruthann Disotell

February 16th, 2021


What can your funeral home do to keep someone's story alive?  Meet Ruthann Disotell and hear the story of   See what Oak Tags can do to help you better serve your families.

Member Talks! w/

February 9th, 2021


Today we meet Paul Generowicz from  Paul discusses the importance and ease of live streaming funeral service or any other events you …

Member Talks! w/ Stan Goldstein from the American Funeral Director Magazine

February 2nd, 2021


Stan and the American Funeral Director Magazine inter us for an article that is to come out in Feb 2021. So of course we made a Member Talks! episode out of it.

Member Talks! w/ Nicole Wiedeman of Dead Ringers

January 26th, 2021


How important are your phone skills at a funeral home? Check out our show to find out.

Member Talks! w/ Undertaking the Podcast

January 19th, 2021


Our One Year Anniversary episode of Member Talks! Today we talk with two guys that were part of the inspiration for the show.

Member Talks! w/ Patty Hutcheson, CFSP

January 12th, 2021


Patty Hutcheson, CFSP joins us from the Acadamy of Professional Service Practice on this Week's episode of Member Talks!

Member Talks! w/ Steve Webster

January 5th, 2021


Steve Webster from First Call Plus joins us for our first episode of 2021 on Member Talks! by WA. State Funeral Director Association

Member Talks! w/ Jason Easton

December 29th, 2020


This week we talk government affairs and Pre-Need with Jason Easton of Evans Chapel on Member Talks!

Member Talks! Holiday Episode

December 22nd, 2020


Jessica & Rob have fun talking about decorations, trips, and rest-stops along the highway.

Member Talks! w/ Ryan Thogmartin

December 15th, 2020


Today we talk with Ryan Thogmartin from Disrupt Media on Member Talks!

Member Talks! w/ Gary Curtis

December 8th, 2020


Meet Gary Curtis from Wilbert Precast Inc. on Member Talks! by WA State Funeral Directors Association

Lee McKinstry

December 1st, 2020


Meet Lee McKinstry on Member Talks!

Member Talks! Thanksgiving Special

November 26th, 2020


Today we give thanks to our members, funeral partners, and especially You, our listeners!

Member Talks! w/ Bill Johnston

November 17th, 2020


Meet Bill Johnston from Post and Boost

Member Talks! w/ Brevin Clifford

November 10th, 2020


Meet Brevin Clifford from Mueller's Funeral Homes. 

Member Talks! w/ Eric Layer

November 3rd, 2020

Eric Layer recently published The Right Way of Death, a powerful new book on the past, present, and future of death care. It’s packed with data, …

Member Talks! w/ Gerald Smiley

October 27th, 2020


How can you address the topic of raising funds for someone's funeral?  Meet Gerald Smiley of on this week's episode of Member Talks!

Member Talks! w/ Ellery Bowker

October 20th, 2020


Today we talk with Ellery Bowker of and Co-host of the podcast Elevating Funeral Service

Member Talks! w/ DNA Memorial

October 13th, 2020


Today we talk about Post Mortem DNA collection and what it can be used for.

Member Talks! w/ Funeral Boss, Inc.

October 6th, 2020


Today we talk with Elaine Vazdez from Funeral Boss, Inc. about their online store and the new non-profit foundation they have created.  

Member Talks! w/ Nicki Mikolai of Resomation America

September 29th, 2020


What is Resomation, Aqua, Flameless or Water Cremation, or Alkaline Hydrolysis? Have a listen to Nicki Mikolai from Resomation America to find out.

Member Talks! w/ Micah Truman of Adamah

September 22nd, 2020


Terramation, Natural Organic Reduction, or Human Composting what do you call it? Check out this week's episode to hear more. 

Member Talks! w/ Saskia Orton

September 15th, 2020


In this episode, we meet Saskia Orton.  Saskia is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer looking to place down roots in Washington State.

Member Talks! w/ The Funeral Law Lady

September 12th, 2020


In this bonus episode, we talk with Emily Albrecht, The Funeral Law Lady, and in-house counsel for the WSFDA

Member Talks! w/ Author, J.H. Harrington

September 8th, 2020


We discuss author, J.H. Harrington's newly released book, Digital Remains; Death, Dying & Remembrance in the Tech Generation. 

Bonus Episode Member Talks! w/ Dr. Jason Troyer

September 5th, 2020


This is a bonus content episode with Dr. Jason Troyer.  It was recorded during the time of year when Washington State reopened funeral ceremonies to the public at a very limited capacity.

Member Talks! w/ President Jessica Wakefield

September 1st, 2020


Today's episode we welcome Jessica Wakefield as the new President of the WSFDA

Episode 1. Member Talks! becomes a podcast

August 21st, 2020


In today's episode, we discuss why the Washington State Funeral Director Association chose to add it's Youtube show, Member Talks! to the world of podcasting.

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