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  • Friday, January 31, 2014 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Effective December 26, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) revised its policy pertaining to the shipment of cremated remains.

    Cremated remains may no longer be sent domestically or internationally via Registered Mail Service. Priority Mail Express is the only option for sending cremated remains via the USPS. 

    NFDA is working with the USPS to obtain additional details about this change in policy. 

    According to the USPS Postal Explorer: Effective December 26, 2013, the Postal Service™ is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 601.12 to require mailers to use only Priority Mail Express™ service when shipping cremated remains. The Postal Service will no longer authorize cremated remains to be sent using Registered Mail™ service. Although these revisions will not be published in the DMM until January 26, 2014, these standards are effective immediately.
  • Tuesday, January 07, 2014 10:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A Colorado funeral home owner reported that he was recently contacted via email requesting purchase of a large quantity of urns from the funeral home's inventory. 

    This individual, identified in the email as "Kelly Young", is using stolen credit cards to purchase urns from funeral homes and sell them on eBay. 

    Beware of this scam and similar requests to protect yourself from fraudulent activity.

  • Friday, December 06, 2013 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    A Director-at-Large position is open on the CFDA Board of Directors. The term expires in 2014.

    CFDA bylaws requires that: "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."

    Candidates for the Director-at-Large position should contact the CFDA office no later than Tuesday, December 31st. 
  • Friday, December 06, 2013 9:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you're a CFSB certified professional, be sure to check your mail box for your 2014 certification renewal notice.

    Certifications must be renewed and paid annually to maintain use of CFSB's certification credential. No CE hours are required to renew at Inactive status; six (6) hours of CE credit is required to maintain Active status.

    Return your signed renewal notice with payment, CE Activity Report and evidence of CE credit before January 31st. A late fee of $35 will apply for renewals postmarked on/after February 1st.

  • Wednesday, November 06, 2013 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Annual registrations for funeral establishments and crematories expire on November 30th and must be renewed online through the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) to continue Active status through November 2014.

    The DORA renewal fee is evaluated each year and set to meet the budgetary needs of the program; however, it is difficult to predict if costs of regulation will decrease or increase in the future. Renewal fees help offset the operational expenses of the program and are an integral part of our commitment to work diligently to provide consumer protection.

    • If renewed on or before November 30, 2013:

      • The Active Crematory (CM)  renewal fee is: $388

      • The Active Funeral Home (FH) renewal fee is: $388

    • If renewed on or after December 1, 2013, a $15 delinquency charge is applied and the totals are:

      • The Active Crematory (CM) renewal fee is: $403

      • The Active Funeral Home (FH) renewal fee is: $403

    • After January 31, 2014, your license will be expired and you must reinstate.


    Click here to renew online with DORA

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2013 3:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Next year Colorado will play host to a full-day seminar for NFDA's new Certified Crematory Operator Program.

    NFDA Certified Crematory Operator Program™ seminars provide participants with instruction in the best practices for safe, proper, and ethical crematory operations and for excellence in service to cremation families. Seminars cover all topics required by statutory law in the states mandating certification of crematory operators, and are designed to develop understanding, skills, and a broad working knowledge of the proper operational procedures for crematory operations as well as required and prudent administrative duties. Cremation litigation is on the rise. Protect your firm through cremation due diligence practices and provide your families with the best cremation service possible.

    Dates, location and registration details will be posted soon at www.cofda.org
  • Friday, November 01, 2013 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Jean Howe, former Secretary/Treasurer and mother of President and Owner, Geoffrey Howe of Howe Mortuary, died on October 27.


    Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 6 at 11:00 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Interment will be held at Mountain View Cemetery.


    Memorial contributions may be made to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, c/o Howe Mortuary, 439 Coffman Street, Longmont, CO 80501.


    Additional information and a place to leave condolences can be found at howemortuary.com
  • Monday, October 14, 2013 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Lorraine Melgosa of the Wellington Coach Company has provided the services of her antique horse drawn funeral coach for the last 20 years is retiring. 

    Lorraine has always provided her services with grace and dignity, as well as provided the service at no charge to the fallen military members killed in action at no cost. 

    CFDA members are invited to attend a gathering at Horan & McConaty County Line Chapel in honor of Lorraine's long and dedicated service. The reception will be held on October 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at Horan & McConaty, 5303 East County Line Road, Centennial, CO 80122.
  • Monday, October 14, 2013 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The CFSB Board will be reviewing applications at its upcoming meeting in November and the deadline for submitting applications for review is Friday, October 18th.

    All applications along with fees and supplemental materials (transcripts, intern reports, etc.) must be received at the CFDA office no later than October 18th to be considered for approval at the next meeting.

    Applications approved at the November 2013 meeting will be valid through December 2014.


  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 8:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) Policy Board met on July 13 in Park City, Utah, and elected Scott B. Anthony, CFSP, and Charles T. "Chuck" Bowman, CMSP, CFSP, to serve as at-large representatives on the association's Executive Board. They will begin two-year terms of service immediately following the 2013 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 20-23 in Austin, Texas.

    Bowman's career in funeral service began after working in law enforcement. He is vice president of Horan & McConaty Funeral Service & Cremation, which operates several locations in the Denver, Colo., area.


    Bowman has been extremely active in the Colorado Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) for a number of years. In addition to service on the Disaster and Legislative Committees, he was a member of the CFDA board of directors; he was CFDA president in 2003. Additionally, he serves as deputy commander of the Region VIII DMORT and is chair of Arapahoe Community College Mortuary School Advisory Board.


    Bowman is currently Colorado's representative to the NFDA Policy Board and he has served on NFDA's Disaster Committee and Metals Recycling Task Force.

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

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