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  • Friday, May 13, 2016 2:57 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    There is a surprising trend across the country as funeral establishments are left to care for the cremated remains of individuals who are long forgotten by family or friends. Funeral homes across the U.S. are facing the same challenges about what to do with these forgotten remains.

    CFDA helped to change Colorado laws in 2011 to address the appropriate handling for unclaimed cremated remains. 

    The “Exceptions-Safe Harbor” statutes in the Mortuary Science Code outline the requirements for notification of the family, documenting, storing and disposing of unclaimed cremated remains from 180 days to 3 years after cremation. 

    The laws provide that “if cremated remains are not claimed by the person with the right of final disposition within three years after cremation, a funeral establishment may dispose of the remains in an unrecoverable manner by placing the remains in an ossuary or by scattering the remains in a dedicated cemetery, scattering garden, or consecrated ground used exclusively for these purposes.”

    The decision to continue to hold unclaimed cremated remains is left up to the funeral home, and appropriate documentation and notification must be satisfied before any disposition can occur.

    Now is the time to review YOUR firm’s policies and practices for handling cremated remains, including tracking an individual from the time they are taken into the care of the funeral home through the cremated remains being claimed by the next-of-kin or final disposition being carried out.

    The overwhelming majority of funeral directors are dedicated, honest and trustworthy professionals. Please take these issues to heart and be understanding as our communities grapple with concerns raised by these negative stories. 

    Continue to abide by CFDA’s Code of Ethics and do your utmost to ensure trust and integrity for all Funeral Directors and the funeral service profession in Colorado.

    Click here to read the full CFDA Member Bulletin, May 13, 2016

  • Friday, March 04, 2016 3:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mark your calendar and register online now to attend a CFDA District Meeting in your area:

    • Tuesday, March 29 – Grand Junction
    • Thursday, March 31 – Loveland
    • Friday, April 1 – Pueblo

    The education program will run from 1:00 to 4:30 PM and 3.8 contact hours is approved by the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Presentations include:

    • “What Has CFDA Done for Me Lately?” – Steffani Blackstock, CMP, Executive Director, Colorado Funeral Directors Association
    • "Customization: Unlimited Choices for Families” – Terry School, President, The Davis Whitehall Co.
    • Speed Dating Discussion Groups

    An informal social hour will follow the program.

    Registration Fee: $0 for Employees of CFDA Establishment
    Member firms who register online before March 25th

    If space is available after March 25, Non-members will be allowed to register at the door for $38 per person. Full payment will be due at the time of check-in.

    Don’t wait! Seating will be limited so register now!

    Online Registration is required at www.COFDA.org


  • Thursday, March 03, 2016 6:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Director of the Office of Funeral Establishment and Crematory Registration at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) held a stakeholder meeting to discuss rules and standards for Colorado mortuary science regulations.

    Senate Bill 15-110 enacted changes to the Mortuary Science Code and DORA’s Director will promulgate rules to:

    • Establish what constitutes custody;
    • Establish who is authorized to identify human remains at a care facility for a funeral establishment or crematory;
    • Prescribe minimum standards for the positive identification and chain of custody of human remains.

    The meeting took place on February 17 at the DORA offices and more than 30 funeral professionals participated in the discussions.

    Program Director Joyce Young will be preparing a draft of the proposed rules and CFDA will share details with Members when available.


  • Monday, February 22, 2016 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have the Talk of a Lifetime Campaign Helps Families Learn More About Their Loved Ones

    National public information campaign aims to help people begin the conversation about what matters most in life and how they want to be remembered

    An individual’s life story – memories made, principles and lessons learned – is a gift that should be shared with family and friends. The Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) has launched Have the Talk of a Lifetime, an awareness and education initiative to help families have important conversations during which they can have discussions about the things that matter most and how a person’s life story can be remembered and honored in a meaningful way.

    “FAMIC members hear firsthand about the struggles families have; funeral professionals are dedicated to helping families discover how they can honor and celebrate a life in a meaningful way,” said FAMIC president Kathleen Berry. “Memorialization is so much more than it used to be. Today it can reflect a person’s life story, values, interests and experiences. Meaningful memorialization can be transformative, healing and comforting. Have the Talk of a Lifetime offers families practical advice and tools to help them have conversations about the things that matter most and how they hope to be remembered when they die and for generations to come.”

    Families often want to learn more about the rich lives their loved ones have led; however, they may be unsure about how to begin a conversation. On the Have the Talk of a Lifetime website, www.talkofalifetime.org, families will find a wide range of free tools and information. The site features a downloadable workbook filled with advice on how to start a conversation and discussion questions to help families get to know their loved ones in new and surprising ways.

    In addition, the site has videos, a blog where people can share their experiences “having the talk” – what worked for them and how it made an impact – and much more.

    Throughout 2016 and beyond, FAMIC will raise awareness of Have the Talk of a Lifetime through online and mobile ads, video testimonials from families that have had the talk, and through social media. In addition, thousands of funeral homes that fall under the FAMIC umbrella are sharing information with their communities and offering advice and guidance to support families as they have the talk.

    Families can learn more about Have the Talk of a Lifetime by visiting www.talkofalifetime.org, or by contacting their local FAMIC-member funeral home using the “Find a Funeral Professional” tool on the website.


    About the Funeral and Memorial Information Council

    Since 1991, FAMIC has been committed to making available to the public direct and open information regarding deathcare and memorialization from the leading associations of service providers and businesses. FAMIC recently launched Have the Talk of a Lifetime, a consumer education outreach effort to urge families to talk with loved ones about life, the things that matter most and how they want to be remembered when they die. FAMIC members include: Casket & Funeral Supply Association; Funeral Service Foundation; International Memorialization Supply Association; International Order of the Golden Rule; Life Insurers Council; Monument Builders of North America; National Concrete Burial Vault Association; National Funeral Directors & Morticians Association; National Funeral Directors Association; and Selected Independent Funeral Homes.


  • Monday, February 01, 2016 7:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    DORA STAKEHOLDER MEETING RESCHEDULED

    The Director of the Office of Funeral Establishment and Crematory Registration at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) has scheduled a stakeholder meeting to discuss rules and standards for Colorado mortuary science regulations.

    Senate Bill 15-110 enacted changes to the Mortuary Science Code and DORA’s Director will promulgate rules to:

    • Establish what constitutes custody;
    • Define care facility, repository, and entity;
    • Establish who is authorized to identify human remains at a care facility for a funeral establishment or crematory;
    • Prescribe minimum standards for the positive identification and chain of custody of human remains.

    The meeting will take place on Wednesday afternoon, February 17, at the DORA offices in downtown Denver. CFDA leaders will participate in the meeting and members are also encouraged to attend and weigh-in on the discussions.

    If you’d like to attend, please RSVP online at http://goo.gl/forms/N2yeX4fwCp

    A follow-up report will be sent to CFDA members.


  • Friday, January 29, 2016 10:04 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CFDA Board of Directors is planning a full schedule of education offerings this year. The 2016 calendar includes:

    District Meetings around the state are on tap for the spring and fall this year. These afternoon/evening sessions include 2-3 hours of CE credit and informal networking with funeral service professionals. There is no registration fee for employees of CFDA Member firms; a nominal fee will be assessed for non-members. Watch for announcements and RSVP in advance to reserve your spot.

    CFDA is confirmed to host the NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program (CCO) on Thursday, June 9, 2016, in the Denver metro area. The day-long program will be presented by NFDA’s Vice President of Cremation Services Mike Nicodemis.  Whether you currently own or operate a crematory, are thinking of opening one, or want to evaluate a third-party crematory, this training is necessary for your success.  Protect your firm through cremation due diligence practices and provide your families with the best cremation service possible. Registration information will be available soon.

    With increasing costs and declining attendance at its annual convention, CFDA has decided to partner with the Wyoming Funeral Directors Association to hold a Colorado & Wyoming Combined Convention, October 8-11, 2016, at the Saratoga Resort & Spa in Saratoga, Wyoming. The rustic resort features hot springs pools, hot tubs, spa, and a brewery.  Future plans include CFDA hosting a 2017 Combined Convention with the WYFDA and Colorado Association of Cemeteries in Colorado.

    CFDA’s Annual Meeting is tentatively slated for November 2016 and will include an education seminar along with the corporate business meeting and elections.

    CFDA is also developing a new program on Colorado Funeral Service Laws to be launched later this year. The program will be a primer on the basics of Colorado mortuary science laws, standards and registration, cremation and preneed regulations. This class is a must for new employees and a refresher for the experienced funeral service personnel.

    Watch for announcements from CFDA about dates and locations for these and other programs during the 2016 calendar year.  



  • Monday, December 21, 2015 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The latest issue of the CFDA News is ready!

    Click on the link below to read the December 2015 issue.
  • Thursday, December 17, 2015 5:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At its annual meeting on December 2, members of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association elected the Board of Directors for calendar year 2016.

    The Executive Committee consists of

    • President • Adam Findley, CFD-CET, Allnutt Funeral Service, Loveland
    • Vice President • Edward Halouska, CMSP, Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, Sterling
    • Secretary-Treasurer Jehn-ai Jackson, Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary, Denver
    • Immediate Past President • Carla Dolan, CMSP, Imperial Funeral Home, Pueblo

    Directors at Large include

    • Stacey Kleinman, CMSP, Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, Wheat Ridge
    • Ervin Maltbie, CFD, Maltbie Funeral Services, Springfield
    • Daryl Pridy, Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction

    Ex-officio members of the Board include:

    • CFSB Chair • Adam Findley, CFD-CET
    • Legislative/Advocacy Chair • Chuck Bowman, CMSP, Horan & McConaty  Funeral Service/Cremation, Centennial
    • NFDA Policy Board Rep. • Michelle Bernhardt, CMSP, Stoddard Funeral Home/Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley
    • Executive Director • Steffani Blackstock, CMP

    CFDA President Adam Findley, CFD-CET, is installed by NFDA Secretary Chuck Bowman at the annual meeting.

    Board members installed on December 2nd include Stacey Kleinman, Daryl Pridy, Carla Dolan, Ed Halouska and Jehn-ai Jackson.

    CFDA members listen to a state of the association report at the annual meeting at Wellshire Event Center.


  • Wednesday, November 25, 2015 4:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CFDA's annual business meeting will take place on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, at 4:30 PM at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO. 

    Members will elect the Board of Directors for 2016. 

    The following individuals have been nominated and confirmed as candidates for three Director at Large positions to be elected:

    • 2-Year Term - Stacey Kleinman, CMSP, Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, Wheat Ridge
    • 2-Year Term - Daryl Pridy, Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction
    • 1-Year Term - Ervin Maltbie, CFD, Maltbie Funeral Services, Springfield

    Write-in candidates may be considered if they adhere to bylaws requirements. All officers or directors, prior to being elected or appointed, must have been associated with or an employee of an Establishment Member firm for at least 12 months prior to such election.  An individual may carry such membership tenure from one establishment member firm to another.

    The following Officers will be installed at the business meeting:

    • President - Adam Findley, CFD-CET, Allnutt Funeral Service, Loveland
    • Vice President - Edward Halouska, CMSP, Chaney-Reager Funeral Service, Sterling
    • Secretary-Treasurer - Jehn-ai Jackson, Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary, Denver
    • Immediate Past President - Carla Dolan, CMSP, Imperial Funeral Home, Pueblo

    Returning ex-officio members of the Board include:

    • NFDA Policy Board Rep - Michelle Bernhardt, CMSP, Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley
    • Legislative/Advocacy Chair - Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO, Horan & McConaty, Centennial

    CFDA bylaws dictate the following requirements:

    Article 2.2. Voting Rights

    Each Establishment Member firm shall be entitled to 3 votes.

    Voting may be by voice or hand unless a written ballot is called for by one or more members and approved by a majority of voting members present.

    No member shall be permitted to vote by proxy.

    Article 4. Membership Meetings

    A Sergeant-at-Arms shall be appointed to verify credentials of those in attendance when so ordered by the presiding officer.

    Article 5.1. Quorum     6 Member delegates required for quorum

    Attendance by the delegates of 10% of the establishment member firms based upon a count of member firms at the end of the prior fiscal year shall constitute a quorum.


  • Monday, November 23, 2015 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Chuck Bowman with wife Connie after the election to NFDA Secretary.

    Colorado funeral director Chuck Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, CCO, Vice President of Horan & McConaty Funeral Services, was elected Secretary of the National Funeral Directors Association during the 2015 House of Delegates Meeting in Indianapolis, IN. Bowman acknowledged his state colleagues and co-workers in his acceptance speech, including his election competitor, Scott Anthony, CFSP, from New York.  

    The NFDA Secretary is installed at the Annual Convention at which he or she is elected and continues until the next Annual Convention, then moves on to the Treasurer and President-elect positions in succeeding years.

    Bowman served on the NFDA Executive Board as Director at Large for the past 2 years, and as Colorado's Policy Board Rep. for the preceding 3 year term. He has held every elected office with the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, including as President in 2003, and continues to serve as CFDA's Legislative & Advocacy Chairperson.

    Congratulation to Chuck Bowman for proudly representing Colorado at the national level.

Colorado Funeral Directors Association,  P O Box 631664, Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1664 U.S.A. 

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