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News funeral professionals can use
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News funeral professionals can use

In our continuing efforts to keep death care professionals up to date on information available to the profession we pass these items along to you.  Please feel free to share with colleagues and others in the industry. Webinar:  NFDA Town Hall.  This informational webinar is brought to us by the National Funeral Directors Association.  Its two-fold purpose is to introduce NFDA members to five funeral industry colleagues who are at large board candidates for NFDA board positions.  Secondly, NFDA Counsel […]

How COVID-19 death care can affect the economy in many ways
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How COVID-19 death care can affect the economy in many ways

Today (which is Tuesday-as I usually write these columns a day ahead of time) in Minnesota is a warm, humid morning with threats of rain.  I usually take a run every morning and because of the weather I did so indoors on the treadmill while flashing the television between CNBC and Fox News. The television stations were telling of what looked like a pre-market rally in stocks and also were consumed with the opening of the American economy over the […]

A Memorial Day like no other
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A Memorial Day like no other

Monday will bring Memorial Day to those of us in the United States.  It is a day like none other.  Not only does it serve as the weekend when summer begins, but it ultimately is the day all Americans should solemnly, sometime during the day, ponder and give thanks to all who were willing to serve in our country’s armed forces and be ready to give their life for the values that America stands for. Today’s holiday is born out […]

Michigan bill seeks to expand licensing requirements for funeral directors
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Michigan bill seeks to expand licensing requirements for funeral directors

According to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy a bill has been introduced in the Michigan Legislature that would expand licensing requirements for funeral home directors.  The bill, House Bill 4437, is sponsored by Rep. Rodney Wakeman R-Saginaw Township and would require anyone practicing mortuary science to get a bachelor’s degree from select universities and pass state and federal exams.  It would also require ongoing continuing education requirements for the first time and make it more difficult for someone with […]

Plaintiff in funeral home discrimination suit dies this week
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Plaintiff in funeral home discrimination suit dies this week

We learned earlier this week and it was reported in this USA Today article that states in part, “Aimee Stephens, a transgender Michigan woman whose case questioning whether federal law protected transgender individuals from job discrimination became the first of its kind to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court died Tuesday.  She was 59.” Her case, Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, was heard by the United States Supreme Court in October 2019 and the decision by […]

News funeral professionals can use
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News funeral professionals can use

In our continuing effort to bring our readers and their friends and colleagues information that is not only timely, but practical, we bring you the following information on webinars and other information. Please note that one of our webinars that is highlighted is live TODAY at 3:00 pm Eastern Time and 2:00 pm Central time.  It is offered by Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company (FDLIC) and, fortunately, if you miss it today you can probably see it starting tomorrow in […]

Coronavirus illness among staff closes funeral home
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Coronavirus illness among staff closes funeral home

This was bound to happen so we probably should not be surprised by this headline.  However, it still seemed surreal to me when I read in this article from the Arizona Daily Star that a Tucson, Arizona, funeral home had been closed due to “a number of staff” members falling ill and being required to self-quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the world. The article tells of the Adair Funeral Home on North Dodge Boulevard in Tucson that had […]

Attorneys general call for enhanced consumer protection
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Attorneys general call for enhanced consumer protection

As you may well know, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) “Funeral Rule” is up for review at this time.  The FTC has also extended the deadline for interested parties to submit comments to the agency to June 15, 2020, from the original April 14, 2020 date. The FTC Funeral Rule was first enacted in 1982 and follows the FTC’s guidelines to promote competition, and protect and educate consumers.  According to this article from the Daily Independent of Peoria, Arizona, “The […]

Information for funeral professionals
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Information for funeral professionals

In our continuing effort to get out information that has some relevancy to the death care industry we pass along this information.  Please feel free to share this information with your co-workers and colleagues. CLA Livestream Series: Liquidity Strategies during the lending pause.  This comes to us from the solutions experts at Clifton Larson Allen.  This event was livestreamed last week, but is available in a video format should you want to access it. Connecticut Funeral Director’s Association extends Scholarship […]

News Death Care Professionals can use
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News Death Care Professionals can use

I continue to be on the learning end of the equation while I am sheltering in place at home.  Last Friday I was able to take part in a National Funeral Directors Association webinar featuring two seasoned veterans of the profession and how they are dealing with all things COVID-19 as it pertains to their businesses and the changing face of funeral service. Thanks again to all of you who share the information with others in our industry and help […]