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  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    View scenes from the Colorado Combined Convention on our Facebook page.

    If you took photos at the Convention, feel free to share them!

    CFDA Facebook page

  • Tuesday, June 24, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    By all accounts, the 2014 Colorado Combined Convention was a great success! 

    The historic Stanley Hotel and the friendly community of Estes Park offered the perfect opportunity for learning, networking, fun and relaxation during the three-day event. 

    We heard many positive comments about the "new" Convention format from funeral service professionals and suppliers alike. Convention Sponsors were pleased with the numerous opportunities for interaction without the burden of a trade show booth.

    CFDA would like to extend a special THANK YOU to the following:

    To Bill Smith, CFD, with Allnutt Funeral Service, Estes Park, for sharing his time, resources and references within the Estes Park community. Bill arranged a welcome address by Estes Park Mayor Bill Pinkham; discounts and reservations at local restaurants for lunch and dinner groups; and the fabulous barbecue dinner catered by Amy Gruwe and American Legion Post 119. It's quite clear why Estes Park loves their local Funeral Director, Bill Smith.

    To our Convention Sponsors who provided the financial support to make this event possible. By sponsoring costs for speakers, catering, and other overhead expenses, we were able to improve the caliber of our education programs and enhance social events for everyone.

    To our Convention Speakers -- Gary O'Sullivan, Marguerite Ham, Matt Greenwald, Chuck Bowman, Aaron Corr and Dana Durrance -- for keeping our members entertained, informed and enlightened. 

    To the Convention Planning Committee who shared their great ideas to give the Colorado Combined Convention a new spin. 

    And finally, to the Members of CFDA and CFSB certified professionals who attended the 2014 Convention in Estes Park. We hope you had a great experience and will share your suggestions to help us make the Convention even better next year!

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 2:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Update: This bill was postponed indefinitely on April 14. Governor Hickenlooper is expected to convene a transportation review committee this summer to discuss the matter along with other issues related to emergency vehicles. In the meantime, existing permits for escort firms will remain in effect.

    We need your immediate assistance in support of a legislative bill that will impact your business.

    Senate Bill 170, entitled "CONCERNING THE AUTHORITY OF A VEHICLE THAT IS BEING USED TO ESCORT A FUNERAL," expands the statutory definition of "authorized emergency vehicle" to include privately owned vehicles that are designated as such by the state motor vehicle licensing agency for the limited purpose of escorting funeral processions while the vehicle is being used for this purpose. A copy of this bill can be found online at


    Confusing language in rules that govern the Department of Revenue has created a situation that may eliminate vehicle permits for motorcycle escorts that lead funeral processions. Without permits, escort firms cannot remain in business and funeral establishments will no longer be able to utilize these services to lead funeral processions. With Senate Bill 170, governance will be incorporated into statute to protect Funeral Escorts and authorize them to continue as emergency vehicles.


    Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Colorado State Patrol initially stated they would support this initiative but now both, in a surprise move, have changed their position to oppose the bill.


    Opposition to Senate Bill 170 could effectively "kill" this legislation and potentially create problems for Colorado funeral establishments and the families they serve who rely on motorcycle escorts to ensure safety for funeral processions.


    Contact State Senators in FAVOR of Senate Bill 170

    Your help is needed to contact your legislators, especially the following Senators who serve on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who will hear the bill on Monday, April 7th.


    Chair - LUCIA GUZMAN, State Senator - District 34

    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4862


    Vice Chair - LINDA NEWELL, State Senator - District 26
    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4846


    MICHAEL JOHNSTON, State Senator - District 33
    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4864


    STEVE KING, State Senator - District 7      

    Capitol Phone: 303-866-3077

    Senator King is a co-sponsor of SB 170 - THANK YOU!


    KEVIN LUNDBERG, State Senator - District 15
    Capitol Phone: 303-866-4853


    This legislative initiative will impact your business.
    Please commit a few minutes THIS WEEK to make a few phone calls.

    Help to ensure that funeral escorts can continue to operate and serve hundreds of families who request funeral processions.

  • Friday, April 18, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In an effort to expedite the shipping process for cremated remains, the U.S. Postal Service eliminated Registered Mail as an option for shipping.

    Customers shipping cremated remains (human and animal ashes) domestically must use Priority Mai Express service only. There are no changes to international shipments of cremated remains at this time.

    Please download the following publication from the USPS for more details regarding shipping cremated remains:
  • Monday, April 14, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You can now register to attend the 2014 Colorado Combined Convention to be held June 19-21 at the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park.

    Please download the Word or PDF registration forms at Convention, then submit to the CFDA office with payment by mail or fax.

  • Wednesday, March 05, 2014 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Congratulations to Laura Zabel, CMSP, a funeral director at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, who was recently presented with the President’s Distinguished Service Award at the 110th Annual Meeting of The International Conference of Funeral Service Boards in Orlando, Florida. 

    Laura is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and has served as a representative on the Colorado Funeral Service Board since 1994. She is licensed in four states: Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Iowa. She served as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 1998.
  • Wednesday, March 05, 2014 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Sincere appreciation to the Education Sponsors who have stepped up to support CFDA's first Meet the Mentors program.
    • Terry School, The Davis-Whitehall Co., Colorado Springs
    • Raeann Brown, Donor Alliance, Denver
    • Mike Russell, Federated Insurance
    • Shelley MacGill, Precoa
    Through their generous contributions, CFDA will be able to offer this program at no charge to 15 lucky applicants. 
  • Tuesday, March 04, 2014 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Colorado Funeral Service Board is pleased to offer attractive lapel pins to  recognize CFSB Certified Professionals. 

    Show pride in your accomplishment as a CFSB Certified Professional and your dedication to the funeral service profession. These pins will only be available for sale to individuals who are certified by the Colorado Funeral Service Board for 2014. 

    Details and order information coming in April 2014.

  • Friday, January 31, 2014 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    You are eligible for the $239 “Music License Only” fee if you are a member of at least one of the following associations: NFDA, NFD&MA, OGR, SIFH, CANA or the Colorado Funeral Directors Association (an NFDA federated state association).

    The three licensing organizations, BMI, SESAC and ASCAP, have your funeral home on file as previously having a music license. The 1984 U.S. Copyright Law requires a music license for all establishments. With NFDA, you pay only $239 to avoid penalties of up to $30,000. 

    Don’t take that risk. You’ll have peace of mind through Dec. 31, 2014 in knowing you’re not violating the law.

    Click here for the order form: NFDA-2014-Music-License.pdf
  • Friday, January 31, 2014 9:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    ·        Unlimited access to independent employment law attorneys


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

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