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  • Monday, November 12, 2018 1:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NFDA News

    November 09, 2018

    by T. Scott Gilligan, NFDA general counsel 

    Over the past two years, NFDA has issued warnings to funeral homes regarding the operations of Heritage Cremation Providers, an internet middleman that holds itself out to the public as a locally-owned and trusted funeral home providing low-cost cremation services. In fact, Heritage Cremation Providers is an unlicensed seller of funeral and cremation services with a long track record of consumer fraud and abuse. State Funeral Boards in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Oregon and Tennessee have all taken action against Heritage Cremation Providers; however, because Heritage Cremation Providers can hide behind the internet, it is virtually impossible for a state board to be able to shut it down. Despite efforts of state regulators, they continue to peddle low-cost cremation services to the public through its website.

    Because of warnings issued by NFDA and state funeral associations, in addition to efforts by state funeral boards to prohibit funeral homes and crematories from providing services to Heritage Cremation Providers, many funeral homes have refused to enter into agreements with Heritage Cremation Providers to service families.

    It appears that the warnings by NFDA and others have had an effect because we just learned that Heritage Cremation Providers has adopted a new subterfuge in contacting funeral homes to provide services to them.

    Click here to continue reading this article.

    If you have information to report about Heritage Cremation Providers or Families First Funeral Homes, please report directly to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). 

  • Wednesday, October 24, 2018 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA executive director Steffani Blackstock shares her personal reflections and highlights from the recent NFDA 2018 Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Click here to listen to the recording.

  • Tuesday, October 23, 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the end of the 2018 calendar year only 70 days away, it's time to turn our attention toward 2019. 

    Here are 7 items to add to your To-Do list.

    1. 2019 renewals for the Colorado Funeral Service Board will be mailed to certified professionals by December 1. Your 2019 renewal form and payment must be received no later than January 31. Active status requires at least 6 contact hours of CE credit; renewals will be accepted at Inactive status if less than 6 hours of CE evidence is submitted.

    2. The newly redesigned website for the Colorado Funeral Directors Association is expected to launch in early December. The new system will provide more functionality and enhanced communication features.

    3. The much-anticipated CFDA Individual memberships will begin January 1. The new categories include:

    • Professional Member - $120 per year, voting privileges
    • Intern Member - $60 per year, non-voting
    • Mortuary Science Student and Retired Members, non-voting
    • Location Membership - $325 per location; dues includes 1 Professional Member

    4. 2019 Membership Applications will ONLY be available online at Look for the application forms on/after December 15. Your log-in to the CFDA website is essential to accessing your CFDA Membership benefits and is necessary to minimize administrative costs. 

    5. For 2019, CFDA is now a Choice Affiliate of the National Funeral Directors Association. That means NFDA Establishment Membership is optional and your national dues (along with music/web licensing fees) must be issued directly to the NFDA in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

    6. The CFDA's annual business meeting will be held in early December 2018. We are exploring date and location options, including a virtual town hall format to allow members from across the state to attend online. Stay tuned for details.

    7. Two (2) hours of approved Colorado laws credit will be required for CFSB 2020 certification renewals. CFDA will present more Laws training classes during the 2019 calendar year to satisfy the CFSB requirement.

    We intend to share more information about our 2019 plans in the coming months and hope you'll join us in the transformation.

  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018 2:42 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fort Logan is instituting some changes to its operations. These changes will be addressed in an upcoming CFDA webinar.

    In the meantime, documents linked below will explain more about these changes.

    James O'Neal Hughes
    Ft Logan National Cemetery

  • Wednesday, August 08, 2018 8:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado funeral director Laura Zabel, CMSP/CFSP, was recognized by the Iowa Funeral Directors Association at the IFDA's annual convention.

    As an IFDA member who was licensed as a Funeral Director 40 years ago, Zabel was honored at the Presidential Banquet on May 15, 2018, at Prairie Meadows Event Center in Altoona, Iowa. 

    Zabel is employed at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary in Wheat Ridge. She is a Colorado Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and is also a licensed funeral director in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, and Wyoming.

    Congratulations to Laura for many years of dedication to the funeral service profession. 


  • Friday, July 27, 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Proposed bylaws changes will change the CFDA's membership model beginning in 2019.

    Ballots are being cast by Establishment Members and a decision will be confirmed on August 1.

    Watch for the official announcement and find out what you can do to prepare for 2019.

  • Wednesday, June 27, 2018 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Board of Directors of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association has recommended the attached changes and amendments to the association’s bylaws to adopt a Hybrid Association Model.

    Ballots have been mailed to Primary Establishment Members to vote by July 30.

    According to 13.1 of the current bylaws, “these Bylaws may be amended by two thirds (2/3) majority vote of the establishment members attending any annual meeting or any special meeting called for the purpose of amending the Bylaws provided, however, that the prior notice by official publication or by written notice be sent by mail to all delegates of establishment member firms at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the meeting. Such notice shall contain the proposed amendment(s) to these Bylaws.”

    DISCUSSION AND VOTING | CFDA will hold a meeting to review and discuss bylaws changes on Friday, July 20, in conjunction with the 2018 Summer Symposium. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the Summit Event Center, 411 Sable Boulevard North, Aurora, CO. All members are encouraged to attend this meeting. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

    In lieu of voting at the July 20 meeting, member votes will be collected from written ballots received at the CFDA office no later than July 30, 2018. Official results will be announced by August 4.

    KEY POINTS | In addition to structural changes within the articles, the amendments include several key changes to the bylaws:

    • Professional membership is eligible for individual practitioners who work in various capacities across the funeral service spectrum. Professional members have voting rights and may serve in leadership positions.
    • Interns, students and retired practitioners may enjoy specially-priced memberships, but do not have voting rights.
    • Businesses that provide death care services can join as Location Members for recognition on CFDA’s consumer-searchable online directory and get free advertising like job postings and classified ads. Membership applies to a single establishment, branch, or business entity at the physical location.
    • The Board can create committees, task forces and Special Interest Groups based on organizational needs or member interest. 
    • Membership meetings can be conducted through telephonic or electronic means and online voting will be available for Professional Members.
    • All members must sign a pledge to adhere to CFDA’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, and members may be expelled for violations after a special hearing.

    MEMBERSHIP | If the proposed bylaws amendments pass, new membership categories and other measures will be implemented for the fiscal year commencing January 1, 2019. Current memberships will continue until December 31, 2018. New applications will be available online in December through the CFDA website.

    NATIONAL DUES |  The CFDA will maintain affiliation with the NFDA as the recognized state association for Colorado, however, membership in NFDA will no longer be required as a condition to join the CFDA for 2019.

    WEBSITE |  CFDA is developing a new website that will include a member administration system. Each person will be required to create a user account to update contact information and communication preferences, join/renew membership, register for events, and get access to other sections. 

    CERTIFICATION | The bylaws changes will have no effect on certification requirements or the renewal of credentials through the Colorado Funeral Service Board. Certified professionals will need to apply to be considered for CFDA Membership.

    QUESTIONS? | Contact Steffani Blackstock at the CFDA Office at 303-791-2336 or by email

  • Wednesday, June 06, 2018 12:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The rendering of Military Funeral Honors for an eligible veteran, free of charge, is mandated by law. 

    A recent incident with a Colorado funeral director has had a negative affect on the Colorado Army National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program, Fort Logan National Cemetery and local funeral homes in the Denver (surrounding areas). 

    Failure to follow guidelines resulted in the multiple absences of military presence for veteran services. These expectations for Veteran Services within the State of Colorado have been ignored and dismissed most negligently by the funeral director involved with this incident.

    To request military honors, please email:

    For Military Funeral Honors information please visit: 

    Veteran Eligibility & Veteran Records Locator:

    Thank you to all Colorado funeral directors for the continuous support in honoring our veterans.

    Very Respectfully,

    CPL Austin D. Norcross
    COARNG Military Funeral Honors (MFH)
    NCOIC / State Instructor - Trainer
    HHC 1 / 157TH - INF (MOUNTAIN)
    COARNG Marksmanship Team Member
    Office:  (720) 250-2525
    Mobile: (303) 325-5757

  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Blueprint 2020 group has been working to overhaul the CFDA's association bylaws to create new categories of membership to adopt a hybrid professional model.

    You can review the first draft of the proposed bylaws here.

    Please report all comments, suggestions and questions to the CFDA office.

    Members can expect to see a marked-up version of the proposed bylaws changes for voting in August.

  • Monday, May 07, 2018 10:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A late bill was introduced on May 4 that will amend Colorado's preneed laws.

    This legislation resulted from the 2016 Sunset Review of Division of Insurance regulations.Subsequently SB 17-249 mandated the Division of Insurance to study and report strategies to ensure compliance for preneed contract sellers.

    In 2017, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association and representatives from the Division of Insurance conducted several meetings with industry stakeholders to discuss problems with existing preneed laws and gain consensus about compliance issues.

    In the “Preneed Funeral Contract Seller Study Findings Report” issued by the Division of Insurance on September 1, 2017, the Division recommended three (3) significant amendments to Article 15 to gain necessary industry compliance.

    Sponsored by Rep. Donald Valdez and Sen. Nancy Todd, HB 18-1440 will:

    • Require that all registered funeral establishments also be licensed as preneed contract sellers; 
    • Require funeral establishments to identify the individuals who sell preneed funeral contracts at, or on behalf of, the establishment; and
    • Create a preneed relief fund to provide restitution to preneed contract buyers.
    The bill must pass through both houses before the General Assembly adjourns on Wednesday, May 9. If that does not happen, CFDA intends to pursue this legislation in the 2019 General Assembly.

    For information and updates on this legislation:

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