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  • 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

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 6:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA is seeking applications from energetic and engaged individuals who are committed to making a difference in the funeral service profession in Colorado. 

    There are 4 positions on the CFDA Board of Directors for 2015 and beyond. Candidates must be employed by a CFDA Member Funeral Establishment for at least one year prior to election. Other restrictions apply based on bylaws requirements and composition of the existing Board.

    Click here to learn more about the Benefits of Leadership and the Expectations of Board Members.

  • Monday, August 25, 2014 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Do you dread networking events, meeting new people, hospitality suites and business related mingling functions? Does attending another open house make you want to run inside your own and lock the door? These business social occasions represent opportunities to develop relationships and broaden social and business networks. Once you master The Fine Art of Small Talk, every conversation will become an opportunity for success.

    Debra Fine is a former engineer who developed her keynote presentations and workshops, "The Fine Art of Small Talk" and "The Fine Art of Building Business Networking Skills and Gaining Referrals", to teach conversation skills and business social networking techniques for use at networking events and social functions. 

    In this program, Debra Fine will teach share mingling tips including icebreakers and starting conversations, mastering introductions and remembering names, keeping the conversation going, avoiding conversation foot in mouth disease, listening and rapport building skills, body language, handling awkward situations and overcoming communication barriers, becoming an “active” listener, revive a dying conversation, coming up with topics to discuss, approaching social functions with confidence, preparing for successful conversation and even exiting conversations with grace and diplomacy.

    Registration will open soon for this afternoon seminar, followed by CFDA's annual business meeting, holiday reception and auction to be held on Friday, December 5, 2014

  • Friday, August 01, 2014 1:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The results of a ballot sent to CFDA voting members in March confirmed a change in CFDA's affiliation with the National Funeral Directors Association from "Choice" membership to "Partnership" status.

    Partnership state associations enjoy tangible benefits including rebates and cost savings when involved in various NFDA programs and events. Partnership states also have the ability to promote NFDA member benefits directly to their members, thereby expanding the value of membership in their state.

    CFDA and NFDA Members can expect to receive in December one annual dues invoice issued from CFDA that includes 2015 membership in both organizations. Dues must be paid to CFDA no later than February 15, 2015.

    NFDA dues is based on the cumulative volume of cases handled by the funeral establishment, including cases from all branch locations. The CFDA Board of Directors has discussed and will soon determine the dues structure and amounts for 2015 state association dues.

    If your firm is already a member of both NFDA and CFDA, you may notice a negligible change in your annual dues for NFDA and CFDA. You will still enjoy the full benefits offered by both organizations.

    Firms that are not members of NFDA will notice an increase with combined dues, balanced by a whole host of new benefits available through the combined resources of NFDA and CFDA.

    The Colorado Funeral Directors Association will continue to represent Colorado funeral directors and the state's funeral service industry. It will maintain its current operations, activities and advocacy efforts and also receive benefit from NFDA including assistance with volunteer training, marketing support, participation rebates, and other association management resources.

    The NFDA's House of Delegates will vote on a resolution at its October meeting to adopt CFDA's request for Partnership Status. If approved, CFDA membership will include annual membership in NFDA beginning in 2015.

  • Wednesday, June 25, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Howe Mortuary was burned down by an arsonist on May 28, 2013. The mortuary has recently reopened in a newly rebuilt, state of the art, building.

    Howe Mortuary is hosting a private open house on July 8th from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM for CFDA Members and funeral service professionals to preview and celebrate its new building. The new facility is a blend of the familiar, yet with numerous updates and enhancements, all designed to provide premier care and support to our families.

    Lastly and most importantly, thank you for the confidence you continued to show in our staff and firm as we rebuilt. Your confidence, generosity with your facilities and overall support made a tremendous difference in our ability to continue providing the highest quality support to our families.

    Geoff Howe and the Staff of Howe Mortuary

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

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