CFDA Statement | Kent Funeral Homes Investigation
October 16, 2020
A Statement from the Colorado Funeral Directors Association regarding Kent Funeral Homes Investigation
On October 13, 2020, the Colorado Department of Regulatory Affairs (DORA) suspended the business license (license FH.0000629, dba Bailey-Kent Funeral Home, LLC) of the Kent funeral homes in both Lake County (Bailey Funeral Home, 510 Harrison Ave, Leadville, CO 80461) and Eagle County (Kent Funeral Home, 305 McGregor Dr, Gypsum, CO 81637) for violation of standards and practices, as established by the Colorado Mortuary Science Code. DORA proceedings will determine outcome of business licensure issues.
On behalf of its members, the Colorado Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) extends its deepest condolences to the families impacted by allegations of improper handling of deceased persons by Kent Funeral Homes, both non-member firms.
CFDA members believe that funeral professionals have an ethical obligation to care for each deceased person with the highest respect and dignity, and to transport, prepare and shelter the remains in a professional, caring and conscientious manner. As a condition of membership, CFDA members must strictly adhere to a “Code of Ethics” which outlines this as an obligation to the decedent.
CFDA members welcome unannounced inspections from state or local regulatory authorities. Additionally, they invite client and prospective client families to inquire about their firm’s policies and procedures about the handling of deceased persons; families interested in seeing their facilities are encouraged to request a tour.
The Colorado Funeral Directors Association is the leading source of information, education and resources for the funeral service profession in the State of Colorado. The association represents hundreds of dedicated, experienced and compassionate professionals who provide death care services in the State of Colorado and strives to help members enhance the quality of service they provide to families. CFDA’s voluntary credentialing program, the Colorado Funeral Service Board, qualifies funeral service practitioners based on formal education, supervised internship, practical skills and on-the-job training.
For more information, visit www.cofda.org.
Contact: Steffani Blackstock, CFDA Executive Director (303) 791-2336