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  • 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)

    Every employer, no matter what size, is required to manage human resource issues, government regulations, and employment law changes. Any size business can be vulnerable to employment-related litigation. Employee termination, harassment, or discrimination; improper documentation processes; and a multitude of other situations can expose your organization to potential risk of a lawsuit. 


    Now, Federated Insurance has enhanced resources available for clients to help them address just these types of situations. Federated is pleased to introduce the new Federated Employment Practices NetworkSM(FEPN).


    Through FEPN, all clients can access:

    • ·        an employee handbook builder tool
    • ·        online supervisor and employee training
    • ·        sample forms and policies
    • ·        labor posters
    • ·        monthly HR updates on frequently asked questions


    Clients who carry Employment-Related Practices Liability (ERPL) coverage through Federated also receive:

    ·        Unlimited access to independent employment law attorneys


    For more information, watch this brief video, or go to Federated’s website, Your Federated Marketing Representative is also well prepared to discuss these new resources with you.


    Federated Insurance understands and supports organizations like yours across the country through value-added risk management services. We are pleased that your association recommends us for your insurance needs. We encourage you to explore everything Federated has available to members.

  • 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.

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

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