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  • Thursday, February 15, 2018 8:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Colorado has been in the spotlight again since recent media articles called attention to the business practices and eventual summary suspension of Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors in Montrose by the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA). 

    The incidents that took place at this particular business are isolated and not at all representative of the hundreds of Colorado funeral establishments and crematories that are registered with DORA. 

    Sunset Mesa Funeral Directors is not a member of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association and its employees are not accredited by the Colorado Funeral Service Board.

    For some families, the act of donating a loved one’s organs or even their whole body for the purpose of medical research is a meaningful and healing gesture. As funeral directors, we support families that want to honor their loved one in this way. Families that are interested in donation should do so with a reputable organization that is properly accredited by the American Association of Tissue Banks. This is a discussion that families can have well in advance of a death when there is ample time to do research. 

    The LATTS (Labeling and Transporting Tissues Safety Act of 2017 (H.R. 2022)

    There is a concerning lack of uniform regulation and standards of tissue banks – which collect and recover whole human bodies, as well as cadaver tissue for medical research and education. Rep. Paul Gosar introduced H.R. 2022: The LATTS Act to enact public health safety measures to ensure the proper labeling and transportation of human tissue specimen in interstate commerce. This is a bill that NFDA strongly supports.

    Choosing to donate a loved one’s body or tissues for medical education and research is a noble gesture. Without such donations, medical students could not properly study human anatomy. We also would not have some of the medical procedures, devices or medications that save tens of thousands of lives every day. We support this bill because we want to ensure that families who donate can do so knowing that their loved one’s gift will be safely and ethically used.  

     The LATTS Act:

    • Prohibits the sale of human tissue for research or education unless the seller has a non-transplant tissue bank license and each package of tissue is labeled with specified information.
    • Directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a process for the approval, suspension, and revocation of non-transplant tissue bank licenses.
    • Prohibits falsely labeling packages of human tissue.
    • Allows HHS or any accrediting body authorized by HHS to enter and inspect any establishment engaged in the preparation of any human tissue specimen.
    • Requires HHS to recall any human tissue specimen that is an imminent or substantial hazard to public health.

    Click here to learn more about The American Association of Tissue Banks.

    Click here to view a PDF list of accredited organizations.

  • Friday, January 19, 2018 11:15 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA's Executive Director presented an update on the association's goals and objectives for the 2018 calendar year.

    The most important task is the re-organization of CFDA from a trade association to a hybrid professional association. 

    In case you missed our first Listen & Learn Webinar this week, you can listen to a recording online. Access Password: Outlook

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 1:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get more bang for your buck!

    Beginning in 2018, CFDA will offer its members an exclusive opportunity to attend monthly webinars - free of charge!

    CFDA's Monthly Listen & Learn Webinar Series

    Each month a different topic and speaker will be featured for a 1-hour webinar that is approved for 1.0 contact hours of CE credit by the Colorado Funeral Service Board.

    As a benefit of membership in the Colorado Funeral Directors Association, each Member Establishment will receive a free subscription to attend CFDA's Listen & Learn Webinar Series. The free Listen & Learn subscription offer is available for CFDA Establishment Members who renew for calendar year 2018.

    Your firm will still need to register online at least 3 days before each Listen & Learn Webinar to receive an access link and connection instructions. CFDA will provide your firm with a special subscription code to waive the registration fee. 

    PLEASE NOTE: The subscription is valid only for the designated Listen & Learn Webinar Series. Free registration will not apply for other online programs or webinars unless specifically noted. 

    Who is a Member?

    Only dues-paying CFDA Establishment Member firms are eligible for this special subscription offer. 

    CFDA bylaws do not provide for individual memberships in the association. Individuals who are certified by the Colorado Funeral Service Board are NOT Members of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association. Online registration will be available for each of the Listen & Learn Webinars for nonmembers.

    Visit the CFDA website for announcements and a calendar of upcoming programs.

  • Saturday, November 11, 2017 6:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    More than 25 Colorado funeral service stakeholders participated in a strategic Town Hall session on November 8. 

    Facilitated by Executive Director Steffani Blackstock, participants considered the current membership structure and overwhelmingly concurred that a new model is needed to restore CFDA as "the" association that represents the professional and business interests of the funeral industry in Colorado.

    A Hybrid Organization Model was proposed and CFDA members will be asked to engage in activities during the coming months that will redefine the membership structure, including bylaws changes. The target date for implementing the "new" model is January 2019.

    The 2018 Board of Directors was elected and installed at the business meeting. Your leaders for the next year are:

    • President Jehn-ai Jackson, Caldwell-Kirk Mortuary, Denver
    • Vice President Stacey Kleinman, CMSP, Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary, Wheat Ridge
    • Secretary-Treasurer Ronna Adams, CFD, Evergreen Memorial Park, Evergreen
    • Immediate Past President Edward Halouska, CMSP, Chaney Reager Funeral Home, Sterling

    Directors at Large

    • Ervin Maltbie, CFD, Maltbie Funeral Services, Springfield
    • Jessica Moratto, CMSP, Callahan Edfast Mortuary, Grand Junction
    • Kevin Wood, CMSP, Olinger Highland Mortuary, Thornton

    Ex-officio Board members include:

    • Adam Findley, CFD-CET as NFDA Policy Board Representative;
    • Laura Zabel, CMSP as chair of the Colorado Funeral Service Board;
    • Chuck Bowman, CMSP as chair of CFDA's Legislative & Advocacy Committee.


  • Thursday, October 26, 2017 8:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CFDA will hold its annual corporate meeting on Wednesday, November 8, in conjunction with the Town Hall Meeting to be held at the Mountain West Dental Institute in Denver.

    Delegates from Establishment Member firms will be eligible to vote and must check-in at 3:00 PM to receive voting credentials.

    Click here to learn more about the candidates who are running for election to the Board of Directors and the meeting agenda.

  • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In 2017, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association launched its Blueprint 2020 initiative to develop a strategic plan for modifying the association’s organizational structure, adopting a unified mission, and constructing a new model for CFDA by the year 2020.

    CFDA leaders have been considering new membership models that represent all aspects of the funeral service profession in Colorado, and exploring ways to unite the many individuals and businesses that play a part in providing death care services.

    The 2017 Town Hall Meeting will examine proposed models to create a diverse and collaborative organization and engage participants in focused discussions to design a structure and adopt plans to achieve our Blueprint 2020 mission.

    Individuals who provide death care services in Colorado – funeral directors, embalmers and cremationists; preneed counselors; owners, managers and employees of funeral homes, care centers, cemeteries, crematories, transportation and escort services, and more -- are invited to take part in this Town Hall Meeting.

    Be a catalyst for strength, diversity, innovation and respect for funeral service in Colorado.

    Please register online before November 3 to reserve your seat at this exclusive forum.

    Invest your time and attention to make a difference in the future of the profession:

    • Engage with fellow professionals, colleagues and potential partners;
    • Examine proposed models and collaboration strategies;
    • Share your innovative ideas and solutions; and
    • Unify the funeral service community in Colorado.

    Click here to learn more and register online.

  • Wednesday, September 06, 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the passage of Senate Bill 17-249, DORA's Division of Insurance was tasked with studying compliance of preneed regulations. This summer CFDA facilitated meetings with its members and Division of Insurance representatives to address questions and concerns about Colorado preneed regulations.

    DORA issued its report on September 1st and the challenges raised by CFDA members were reflected in the report's recommendations:

    • Mandatory license for all funeral establishments as Preneed Contract Sellers
    • Registration to track individual Preneed Contract Sellers and Agents for each funeral establishment location
    • Establish Preneed Consumer Relief Fund
    • Examinations to ensure baseline of compliance and minimal disruption to funeral home/preneed contract seller
    In addition, a new license fee structure is required and should result in increased funding to cover costs for a Division employee to conduct examinations.

    Download and read the full DORA report in the Members Only section of the CFDA website. 

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 12:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Colorado Funeral Directors Association is seeking candidates for its upcoming Board and Officer elections.

    With new initiatives on the horizon, CFDA needs and welcomes the enthusiastic participation of its members on the Board of Directors.

    Elections will take place during the CFDA’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, in Denver (location to be determined). Assigned delegates of CFDA Establishment Members are eligible to vote in this election.

    Serving on the Board of Directors is a chance to help drive the decisions of the association. Board service is a chance to grow personally and professionally, to develop skills, gain unique experience and make lasting connections.

    There has never been a more important or exciting time to be part of the CFDA as we work to expand and enhance all of our initiatives and member benefits. Please consider how you can contribute to Colorado’s funeral service profession and submit your application to CFDA.

    Click here to learn more and submit your leadership application online.

  • Monday, August 14, 2017 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    CFDA will present an online class for those who have yet to earn the required 2.0 contact hours of CE credit on Colorado laws to renew 2018 CFSB certification.

    This session will be presented via Go to Meeting and there is a limit of 20 connections. You will need a computer with steady internet access to stream the program and follow along with the presentation slides. We recommend that you gather with a group of employees and colleagues to participate from one connection.

    An online survey will supplement the class and must be completed to be eligible for individuals to receive CE credit.

    Registration will be accepted on a first come, first served basis through the CFDA web site. 


    • $50 per connection/location for a CFDA Establishment Member
    • $100 per connection/location for Non-Members

    An email confirmation will be sent to registered locations on August 28 with connection details and class materials.

    Click here to register online now.


    CFDA will include "The Basics of Colorado Funeral Service Laws" class as a component for the CFDA Annual Meeting to be held in Denver on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

  • Monday, July 10, 2017 7:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Pre-registration for the 2017 Combined Convention will be open through Friday, July 14  -- accepted online or by mail, email or fax.

    CFDA will enter the names of pre-registered Convention attendees for special prize drawings to be held during the Combined Convention.

    Registrations accepted after July 14 will be considered as Onsite Registration and are subject to availability for Convention materials, meals and seating. 

    Why wait? Register ASAP!

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