In today’s Afternoon Edition of Funeral Director Daily you will find that most of our linked stories deal with funeral homes and their handling of the COVID-19 situation. We are also taking today to catch up with some items that you should be aware of in terms of PPE procurement, a webinar brought to us by the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) and Canadian Funeral Peer Support, information on the U.S. Senate’s passing of the Veteran Administration’s BRAVE Act, some information on thought processes of income tax situations from our friends at Clifton Larson Allen and more. . . . . make sure you take a look, because there is certainly something in this hodgepodge of information that will be of use to you.
Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Procurement — National Funeral Director Association (NFDA) members should look here to sign up for access to PPE from Amazon. An NFDA item mentions that Amazon has been restricting the purchase of PPE to medical personnel only. The NFDA notice informs us that if you would like to receive authorization to purchase PPE through Amazon’s preferred purchasing list you should sign up by December 21. If you are already on the list, NFDA notes that you do not need to re-register.
NFDA Podcast — The 19th episode of the NFDA podcast series “A Brush with Death” can be found here. It is entitled, “The Talk”. The brochure highlights that “Sitting down with loved ones to talk about their lives can be a rich and satisfying experience. Learning about memorable events, people, places, values, and lessons they have learned can help bring you closer to the people you care about.”
Webinar – “Self-Care for Funeral Professionals” — This webinar is brought to us by CANA and the Canadian Funeral Peer Support. According to this registration form the presenters will share strategies to address the challenges you’ll face on the front lines during the coming winter months. Among the presenters is W. Scott Smith who will talk abut the experiences in Texas where he serves as Chair for the Texas Disaster Response Team of the Texas Funeral Directors Association. One our of continuing education has been approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice. The webinar is scheduled for December 16.
Senate passes BRAVE Act — This press release will give you information on the “Burial Rights for America’s Veterans” (BRAVE) that has now passed out of the United States Senate. The bill, if passed by the House and signed by the President, will update current burials benefits to treat all non-service connected deaths equally, regardless of where the veteran passes away. There are other new benefits for veterans and county cemeteries who serve veterans also included.
Tax situation insight — You can read this article from our friends at Clifton Larson Allan. It is entitled, “Should you accelerate income in anticipation of tax rate increases?”
Free CEU’s — And, don’t forget if you are short of continuing education credits as we come up on the new year that our friends from Wilbert can help through their WilbertEDU series which you can access here.
More news from the world of Death Care:
- Mourner limits on funerals can be hard on families. Red Deer Advocate (Alberta, Canada)
- McLennan county’s mobile morgue in use amid rising COVID-19 deaths. News video and article. ABC – 25 (Central Texas)
- Family demanding answers from Cleveland mayor after city-maintained cemetery and graveside were flooded. News video and article. TV19 News (Cleveland).
- Clarkesville’s Mt. Olive Cemetery added to National Register of Historical Places. News video and article. News Channel 5 – Nashville.
- Funeral homes prepare for the worst as COVID-19 deaths surge. News video and article. WGN – 9 (Chicago)
- Grim calculations now include morgue capacity. Daily Memphian (TN)
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