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Member Talks! by WA. State Funeral Directors Association

52 EpisodesProduced by Rob GoffWebsite

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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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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