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  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fort Logan is instituting some changes to its operations. These changes will be addressed in an upcoming CFDA webinar.

    In the meantime, documents linked below will explain more about these changes.

    James O'Neal Hughes
    Ft Logan National Cemetery

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado funeral director Laura Zabel, CMSP/CFSP, was recognized by the Iowa Funeral Directors Association at the IFDA's annual convention.

    As an IFDA member who was licensed as a Funeral Director 40 years ago, Zabel was honored at the Presidential Banquet on May 15, 2018, at Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona, Iowa. 

    Zabel is employed at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary in Wheat Ridge. She is a Colorado Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and is also a licensed funeral director in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming.

    Congratulations to Laura for many years of dedication to the funeral service profession. 


  • Friday, July 27, 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Proposed bylaws changes will change the CFDA's membership model beginning in 2019.

    Ballots are being cast by Establishment Members and a decision will be confirmed on August 1.

    Watch for the official announcement and find out what you can do to prepare for 2019.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association has recommended the attached changes and amendments to the association’s bylaws to adopt a Hybrid Association Model.

    Ballots have been mailed to Primary Establishment Members to vote by July 30.

    According to 13.1 of the current bylaws, “these Bylaws may be amended by two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the establishment members attending any annual meeting or any special meeting called for the purpose of amending the Bylaws provided, however, that the prior notice by official publication or by written notice be sent by mail to all delegates of establishment member firms at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. Such notice shall contain the proposed amendment(s) to these Bylaws.”

    DISCUSSION AND VOTING | CFDA will hold a meeting to review and discuss bylaws changes on Friday, July 20, in conjunction with the 2018 Summer Symposium. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Summit Event Center, 411 Sable Boulevard North, Aurora, CO. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

    In lieu of voting at the July 20 meeting, member votes will be collected from written ballots received at the CFDA office no later than July 30, 2018. Official results will be announced by August 4.

    KEY POINTS | In addition to structural changes within the articles, the amendments include several key changes to the bylaws:

    • Professional membership is eligible for individual practitioners who work in various capacities across the funeral service spectrum. Professional members have voting rights and may serve in leadership positions.
    • Interns, students and retired practitioners may enjoy specially-priced memberships, but do not have voting rights.
    • Businesses that provide death care services can join as Location Members for recognition on CFDA’s consumer-searchable online directory and get free advertising like job postings and classified ads. Membership applies to a single establishment, branch, or business entity at the physical location.
    • The Board can create committees, task forces and Special Interest Groups based on organizational needs or member interest. 
    • Membership meetings can be conducted through telephonic or electronic means and online voting will be available for Professional Members.
    • All members must sign a pledge to adhere to CFDA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and members may be expelled for violations after a special hearing.

    MEMBERSHIP | If the proposed bylaws amendments pass, new membership categories and other measures will be implemented for the fiscal year commencing January 1, 2019. Current memberships will continue until December 31, 2018. New applications will be available online in December through the CFDA website.

    NATIONAL DUES |  The CFDA will maintain affiliation with the NFDA as the recognized state association for Colorado, however, membership in NFDA will no longer be required as a condition to join the CFDA for 2019.

    WEBSITE |  CFDA is developing a new website that will include a member administration system. Each person will be required to create a user account to update contact information and communication preferences, join/renew membership, register for events, and get access to other sections. 

    CERTIFICATION | The bylaws changes will have no effect on certification requirements or the renewal of credentials through the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Certified professionals will need to apply to be considered for CFDA Membership.

    QUESTIONS? | Contact Steffani Blackstock at the CFDA Office at 303-791-2336 or by email

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. 

    A recent incident with a Colorado funeral director has had a negative affect on the Colorado Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, Fort Logan National Cemetery and local funeral homes in the Denver (surrounding areas). 

    Failure to follow guidelines resulted in the multiple absences of military presence for veteran services. These expectations for Veteran Services within the State of Colorado have been ignored and dismissed most negligently by the funeral director involved with this incident.

    To request military honors, please email:

    For Military Funeral Honors information please visit: 

    Veteran Eligibility & Veteran Records Locator:

    Thank you to all Colorado funeral directors for the continuous support in honoring our veterans.

    Very Respectfully,

    CPL Austin D. Norcross
    COARNG Military Funeral Honors (MFH)
    NCOIC / State Instructor - Trainer
    HHC 1 / 157TH - INF (MOUNTAIN)
    COARNG Marksmanship Team Member
    Office:  (720) 250-2525
    Mobile: (303) 325-5757

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Blueprint 2020 group has been working to overhaul the CFDA's association bylaws to create new categories of membership to adopt a hybrid professional model.

    You can review the first draft of the proposed bylaws here.

    Please report all comments, suggestions and questions to the CFDA office.

    Members can expect to see a marked-up version of the proposed bylaws changes for voting in August.

  • Monday, May 07, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A late bill was introduced on May 4 that will amend Colorado's preneed laws.

    This legislation resulted from the 2016 Sunset Review of Division of Insurance regulations.Subsequently SB 17-249 mandated the Division of Insurance to study and report strategies to ensure compliance for preneed contract sellers.

    In 2017, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association and representatives from the Division of Insurance conducted several meetings with industry stakeholders to discuss problems with existing preneed laws and gain consensus about compliance issues.

    In the “Preneed Funeral Contract Seller Study Findings Report” issued by the Division of Insurance on September 1, 2017, the Division recommended three (3) significant amendments to Article 15 to gain necessary industry compliance.

    Sponsored by Rep. Donald Valdez and Sen. Nancy Todd, HB 18-1440 will:

    • Require that all registered funeral establishments also be licensed as preneed contract sellers; 
    • Require funeral establishments to identify the individuals who sell preneed funeral contracts at, or on behalf of, the establishment; and
    • Create a preneed relief fund to provide restitution to preneed contract buyers.
    The bill must pass through both houses before the General Assembly adjourns on Wednesday, May 9. If that does not happen, CFDA intends to pursue this legislation in the 2019 General Assembly.

    For information and updates on this legislation:

  • Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:39 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA lobbyists are monitoring a bill introduced in the state legislature 

    Senate Bill 18-234, entitled "Human Remains Disposition Sale Businesses", makes it unlawful under the 'Mortuary Science Code' for a person to own more than a 10% indirect interest in a funeral establishment or crematory while simultaneously owning interest in a nontransplant tissue bank. The bill prohibits an entity from profiting from the transfer, sale, storage, or leasing of human remains.

    This legislation, sponsored by Senators Don Coram and Larry Crowder, is a measure to resolve conflicts of interest and require separation between the operation of funeral establishments and crematories, and the business of body donation, resulting from problems that occurred at Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors.

    For the status of this bill visit:

  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado has been in the spotlight again since recent media articles called attention to the business practices and eventual summary suspension of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). 

    The incidents that took place at this particular business are isolated and not at all representative of the hundreds of Colorado funeral establishments and crematories that are registered with DORA. 

    Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors is not a member of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association and its employees are not accredited by the Colorado Funeral Service Board.

    For some families, the act of donating a loved one’s organs or even their whole body for the purpose of medical research is a meaningful and healing gesture. As funeral directors, we support families that want to honor their loved one in this way. Families that are interested in donation should do so with a reputable organization that is properly accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. This is a discussion that families can have well in advance of a death when there is ample time to do research. 

    The LATTS (Labeling and Transporting Tissues Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 2022)

    There is a concerning lack of uniform regulation and standards of tissue banks – which collect and recover whole human bodies, as well as cadaver tissue for medical research and education. Rep. Paul Gosar introduced H.R. 2022: The LATTS Act to enact public health safety measures to ensure the proper labeling and transportation of human tissue specimen in interstate commerce. This is a bill that NFDA strongly supports.

    Choosing to donate a loved one’s body or tissues for medical education and research is a noble gesture. Without such donations, medical students could not properly study human anatomy. We also would not have some of the medical procedures, devices or medications that save tens of thousands of lives every day. We support this bill because we want to ensure that families who donate can do so knowing that their loved one’s gift will be safely and ethically used.  

     The LATTS Act:

    • Prohibits the sale of human tissue for research or education unless the seller has a non-transplant tissue bank license and each package of tissue is labeled with specified information.
    • Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a process for the approval, suspension, and revocation of non-transplant tissue bank licenses.
    • Prohibits falsely labeling packages of human tissue.
    • Allows HHS or any accrediting body authorized by HHS to enter and inspect any establishment engaged in the preparation of any human tissue specimen.
    • Requires HHS to recall any human tissue specimen that is an imminent or substantial hazard to public health.

    Click here to learn more about The American Association of Tissue Banks.

    Click here to view a PDF list of accredited organizations.

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA's Executive Director presented an update on the association's goals and objectives for the 2018 calendar year.

    The most important task is the re-organization of CFDA from a trade association to a hybrid professional association. 

    In case you missed our first Listen & Learn Webinar this week, you can listen to a recording online. Access Password: Outlook

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