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  • 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,, 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, 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)


    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

    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.

  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Colorado Funeral Directors Association is seeking candidates for our upcoming Board elections.

    With new initiatives on the horizon, CFDA needs and welcomes the enthusiastic participation of its members on the Board of Directors.

    There are currently 3 positions available on the CFDA Board of Directors.

    • Two 2-year Directors at Large*
    • One 1-year Director at Large

    Eligible candidates must be employed by a CFDA Member that maintains Establishment Membership in CFDA. No more than two members of the Board of Directors shall be from the same branch/location and a maximum of two individuals may serve from the same organization under common ownership.

    Board member elections will take place during the CFDA’s 2015 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, December 2, at 4:30 PM at the Wellshire Event Center, 3333 S. Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. Assigned delegates of CFDA Establishment Members are eligible to vote in this election.

    Serving on the Board of Directors is a chance to help drive the decisions of our association. Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience and make lasting connections.

    There has never been a more important or exciting time to be part of the CFDA as we work to expand and enhance all of our initiatives and member benefits.

    How to Apply

    Please review the CFDA Leadership Expectations and complete and return the Candidate Application to the CFDA office no later than September 30, 2015.

    Click below for documents:

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2015 4:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After over two years of work, Electronic Death Registration (EDR) is ready for implementation. EDR will be open for all stakeholders in the state on July 20, 2015.

    According to the announcement made by State Registrar Ronald Hyman on July 8, 2015:

    Local vital record offices will be able to start issuing death certificates on Monday, July 13, 2015. This will give local offices the opportunity to test the system before all stakeholders start registering deaths in the system starting on Monday, July 20, 2015.

    Deaths from April 2015 and after may be issued electronically statewide. Deaths prior to 1975 will continue to be issued via the existing paper process. Deaths from 1975 to pre-April 2015 can be issued two ways:

    1. Traditional issuance (paper) for deaths registered in that county

    2. The local office may contact the state office via email to enter the record into the electronic system. Electronic issuance for walk-in customers may take up to two hours as many of these records are not yet in the system.

    The State Office is working to complete electronic records for earlier periods. Announcements will be made as additional time frames become available for electronic issuance.

    Starting on Monday, July 20, 2015, all stakeholders can register deaths and route death certificates electronically in EDR. In those circumstances in which EDR is not used, traditional paper and drop to paper options will be available. These options will be phased out as EDR usage increases.

    As with any new system, there will be many questions and unanticipated issues. We at the State Office are committed to supporting you as we make this historic change. Please be patient as we work to provide this new service for the families of Colorado.

    If you experience any technical difficulties, or have questions regarding the use of the new EDR system, please contact the state office for assistance at 303.692.2191 or


    Ronald S. Hyman, State Registrar

    Click here for the bulletin issued on July 8, 2015

  • Monday, June 22, 2015 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    After 27 years with Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, William DeBoer is retiring.

    A retirement celebration will be held Thursday, June 25, from 3:00 to 5:00 PM at Evergreen Cemetery Chapel, 1005 Hancock Expressway, Colorado Springs. 

    Light refreshments will be available. No RSVP necessary.

    Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement, Will!

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

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