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  • Thursday, April 09, 2015 12:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Register now to attend the 2015 Colorado Combined Convention to be held June 18-20 at Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs.

    Full Convention includes admission from Thursday evening through Saturday morning, daily breakfast and refreshment breaks, Friday lunch and beach party, and all continuing education sessions.

    One-day registrations are also available. 

    Registration for the Convention Golf Outing on Thursday afternoon is optional. Tee times are limited so advance registration is recommended before May 15 to ensure availability.

    Complete and return the Convention Registration Form by email, fax or mail to the CFDA office. Fees increase after May 25.

    Don't forget to make reservations at Cheyenne Mountain Resort! Group rates of $169 are available if you make reservations before May 25.

    Click here to learn more about the Convention and get your Registration Form.

  • Tuesday, March 24, 2015 11:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    James L. “Jim” Schmidt, CMSP, long-time owner of Spellman-Schmidt Mortuary in Wray, is retiring in April. 

    Jim is well known around the Wray community as “Digger”. He is a 1971 graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science and attended Green River Community College in Auburn, Washington and Northeastern Jr. College, at Sterling. 

    He began his career in funeral service in 1968 and began working in Wray with Lockwood-Spellman Mortuary in March 1975. He purchased the funeral home in 1978 from his uncle, Ralph Spellman.

    Schmidt has been active in his profession and served as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 2000. He is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner (CMSP) and holds funeral director licenses in Kansas and Nebraska. He also served as deputy Yuma County Coroner for more than 25 years. He has been an active member of many community organizations; served as president of the Wray Chamber of Commerce, Wray Rotary Club and Wray Country Club. He also served for on the Wray Community District Hospital Board and was a member of the Wray Volunteer Fire Department.

    The funeral establishment has a new owner and new name, Schmidt-Jones Funeral Home, operated by Javan Jones, CMSP.

    A retirement party will be held in Jim’s honor on Friday, April 10, 2015, from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Schmidt-Jones Funeral Home, 427 Adams Street, Wray, CO 80758.

    Congratulations to Jim on a long and distinguished career.

  • Tuesday, March 03, 2015 4:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Colorado Funeral Directors Association is presenting three regional seminars that will offer 4.8 hours of continuing education credit.

    The seminars, sponsored by Pierce Chemicals and Wilbert Funeral Services, will be held from 1:00 to 5:30 PM on the following dates and locations:

    • Tuesday, March 31 - Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction
    • Wednesday, April 1 - Allnutt Funeral Service, Loveland
    • Thursday, April 2 - Horan & McConaty, Centennial

    Class sizes are limited. Please register by March 25.

    Click here for more information and registration form.

  • Friday, February 13, 2015 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued updated guidance on the handling of human remains containing Ebola virus.

    Here are the links to two documents recommended for use by mortuary professionals and supporting entities:

    Employers are responsible for ensuring that workers are protected from exposure to Ebola virus and that workers are not exposed to harmful levels of chemicals used for cleaning and disinfection. While most workers in the U.S. are unlikely to encounter Ebola virus or individuals with Ebola, workers whose jobs involve healthcare, mortuary/death care, airline and other transportation operations, cleaning and environmental services, law enforcement, and certain other tasks may be at higher risk for exposure.

    Based on existing OSHA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, OSHA’s personal protective equipment (PPE) selection matrix is intended to help employers select appropriate PPE for workers who may be exposed to Ebola virus through direct contact with blood or other potentially infectious body fluids from individuals with signs or symptoms of Ebola; objects, materials, and surfaces with Ebola-virus contamination; and exposure to bio-aerosols that may contain Ebola virus particles. 

    The matrix covers examples of common exposures, but is not intended to prescribe PPE for every worker or exposure or discuss all PPE options. In all cases, employers must
    identify hazards to which their workers may be exposed; provide appropriate PPE to
    protect them; and train them on when and how they must use it, and how to dispose of or
    decontaminate the equipment.

    Click here for more information from OSHA on Ebola guidelines

    Click here for copy of OSHA's PPE Selection Matrix

  • Monday, December 08, 2014 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Board of Directors of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association was installed by NFDA President Robert Moore, IV, during the annual business meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014.

    CFDA's officers and directors for the next year are:

    • President: Carla Dolan, CMSP - Dignity Memorial Funeral Homes of Pueblo, Pueblo, CO
    • Vice President: Adam Findley, CFD-CET - Allnutt Funeral Service-Hunter Chapel, Loveland, CO
    • Secretary-Treasurer: Jehn-ai Jackson - Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary, Denver, CO
    • Immediate Past President: Michelle Bernhardt, CMSP - Sunset Memorial Gardens, Greeley, CO
    • Director at Large: Scott DrzewieckiArchdiocese of Denver Mortuary, Wheat Ridge, CO
    • Director at Large: Edward Halouska, CMSP - Chaney-Reager Funeral Home, Sterling, CO
    • Director at Large: Daryl PridyCallahan-Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction, CO
    Proposed bylaws changes were also passed at the annual business meeting.

  • Monday, November 17, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Originally posted 10/2/2014. Update 11/17/2014

    With the deadly Ebola virus now present in the continental U.S., the Centers for Disease Control has published guidelines for safe handling of the remains of Ebola patients for personnel who perform post-mortem care.

    Click on the following link to read these guidelines: CDC Guidelines

    Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) by all post-mortem personnel is essential. The CDC guidelines also address transportation, decontamination and disposition.

    Click here to visit NFDA's site for more Ebola information

    How is Ebola Spread?

    NFDA is offering a free webinar for Members Only on November 18:

    Are You Ready for an Ebola Call? Critical Actions & Key Safety Practices for Funeral Professionals 

    This webinar is free for the first NFDA-member first registrant and includes 1.5 CE hours; additional registrants who require CE are only $60. For more information, visit the event page or call 800-228-6332. Space is limited; please register early.

  • Monday, October 27, 2014 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA Members who attend the association's annual business meeting on Friday, December 5, will be called upon to vote regarding several proposed bylaws changes.

    Some of the proposed bylaws changes will allow CFDA to better align with membership in the National Funeral Directors Association, while other changes help to streamline operations of the association by reducing Board size and combining standing committees.

    Click here for a copy of the Proposed Bylaws Changes.

    CFDA Establishment Members are eligible to vote by authorized delegates; voting must be done in person and is not allowed by proxy.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The State of Colorado's official Sunset Review was recently published by DORA after an analysis of Mortuary Science regulations.


    The report cites 4 recommendations which will result in legislation during the 2015 Legislative Session:

    • Recommendation 1 – Continue the registration program and the Director as the administrator of the Mortuary Science Code for nine years, until 2024.
    • Recommendation 2 – Continue title protection for mortuary science practitioners and funeral directors and repeal title protection for embalmers and cremationists.
    • Recommendation 3 – The Code should unambiguously state when a registered facility becomes solely responsible for human remains and when that responsibility ceases.
    • Recommendation 4 – Make technical changes to the Code. (Mostly administrative and terminology changes resulting from above recommendations.)


    The good news is that DORA recommends continuance of Funeral Establishments and Crematories to be regulated by the State, and that MSPs and Funeral Directors should retain their identity through Title Protection.


    Curiously, DORA analysts don’t see a distinction for Embalmers and Cremationist duties so those titles may no longer be recognized.


    Also, the report cites custody and responsibility for human remains as a problem area that needs to be remedied.


    CFDA will be following up to determine what approach to take regarding these recommendations, CFDA’s position, and a game plan for legislation in 2015. 

    Stay tuned for additional details.

  • Tuesday, October 21, 2014 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    At the NFDA Convention in Nashville last week, the House of Delegates passed a resolution in support of adopting the Colorado Funeral Directors Association as a Partnership Member state association.

    For 2015 memberships, CFDA members will also be members of the National Funeral Directors Association.

    A dues invoice will be mailed to current CFDA Members in early December that will include the dues for both organizations. 

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a recent memo from the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment, State Registrar of Vital Statistics Ronald S. Hyman announced that the "go live" date for Colorado's Electronic Death Registration system has pushed back until late Spring 2015. 

    The system, already in use in Georgia, is being modified, refined and thoroughly tested to ensure functionality for a diverse need of user agencies and businesses.

    Hyman also noted that the hard copy record for death certificate data will be modified for deaths occurring on and after January 1, 2015.

    For questions, concerns or suggestions, contact

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

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