To Advance the Profession of Funeral Service in Connecticut through Public Awareness, Education, Advocacy and High Ethical Standards.

CFDA 2021 Theme - Preserving Tradition In These Uncertain Times

Courtesy Discounts by Funeral Homes When Funding Irrevocable Funeral Contracts
Recently, our legal counsel contacted the Dept. of Social Services about a problem several funeral homes were encountering with discounted funerals. Click here to view the correspondence from Atty. John McHugh and the response from the DSS. (members only)

Disclaimer of Warranties in CT
CFDA Attorney John McHugh has researched whether Connecticut Funeral Homes are permitted to disclaim warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose or to exclude or modify a consumer’s remedies for breach of those warranties in connection with their sale of funeral goods to Connecticut consumers. Click here for more information and a PDF of the statute. (members only)

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Every day, we face new experiences and challenges in funeral service. Some are specific to the business of providing funeral service to the people in our communities. Still more often we find ourselves in a sea of questions about trusts, taxes, marketing and licensing, or the ever-changing requisites for employees, their insurance, their rights and their responsibilities. These solutions and their resources are the business of CFDA.

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High School Seniors 2021 Scholarship Awards for Future Funeral Directors
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2021 Membership Booklet and Application


COVID-19 the Reference Library
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Results of the 2020 Member Surveys
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CFDA 2020 Membership Directory
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Updated Army Military Request & State Firing Party Request Forms
The Connecticut Army Military Funeral Honors & Connecticut Firing Party request forms have been updated to version 4. Starting October 15, 2020 all previous versions are obsolete. The new versions can be completed digitally and emailed to  The Army Military Funeral Honors program is moving away from fax machine requests.  Any questions contact the Army Office at 203-568-1741.

To Download the Updated:
U.S. Army Military Funeral Honors Request  (effective April 1, 2020) (members only)

To Download the Updated:
Connecticut Firing Party Request (other than Army)   (Effective April 1, 2020) (members only)


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How To Package and Ship Cremated Remains
How To Package and Ship Cremated Remains
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CFDA Master Trust Value Worksheet
January 2021
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Funeral Trusts and ContractsNEW 2020
Funeral Trusts & Contracts:
Regarding Medicaid & Title 19

   To Order printed copies from CFDA.
   Brochure Pricing.

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CFDA Membership Alert
Effective January 1, 2020, all pre-need irrevocable funeral service contracts must set forth a statutory notice regarding the disposition of unused funds following performance of the contract. The statutory language can either be included directly in the irrevocable contract, or placed on a separate page and incorporated into the contract. A sample form is provided for your review.

  NEW 2020 (September 2020)
   Amendment to Prepaid Irrevocable
   Pre-Need Funeral Contract


New Connecticut Sexual Harassment Laws
Public Act 19-16 Explained
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House Bill No.7424
Public Act No. 19-117

An act concerning the state budget for the biennium ending June 30, 2021, and making appropriations therefor, and provisions related to revenue and other item to implement the state budget.
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CFDA Career in Funeral Service Flyer
CFDA Career in Funeral
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New Form: Authorization and Indemnification Agreement
Please use this to simplify questions when working with a client family regarding SB 467 An Act Concerning the Custody and Control of a Decedent's Body. - Download PDF

New Form: Cremation Fee Waiver Request for Indigent Decedents - Download PDF

CFDA eLearning
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Mortuary Science Students Scholarship Awards
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Connecticut Department of Public Health issues a Revised Certificate of Fetal Death
View a sample copy of the form that has been sent to all birthing hospitals and to the Medical Examiners office. Although the form is revised, the process for completing, filing and issuing the document has not. It still remains a paper-based process.

DSS Reimbursement for Indigent Funerals
An explanation from CFDA Attorney John P. McHugh -
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OCME Offers Death Certification Tips
Tips to Assist in Keeping Connecticut Vital Statistics Accurate -
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Q&A on New White Collar Exemption Rule
by T. Scott Gilligan, NFDA General Counsel

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The Most Common Financial Mistakes People Can Make When They Lose A Loved One View here

CT State Veterans Cemetery Updated Form
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Members Resource Guide
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Youth and Funerals Resources

Youth and Funeral Resources.
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Thank You Funeral Directors During the Pandemic

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To Connecticut Residents from Members of The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA):

Update:  February, 2021 

We are honored to serve our neighbors in Connecticut, and to support them every day by helping families and friends celebrate the lives of people they love.

Our members' commitment to serve our state's communities remains strong and unwavering amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). We continue to operate 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, and stand ready to help plan personal and meaningful visitations, funerals and memorials, regardless of the individual's cause of death. Our intent is to provide a safe, healthy environment where people can grieve and visit with each other, conforming to the latest directives from Governor Lamont and the Connecticut Department of Public Health.

These last eleven months have been some of the most demanding ever faced by funeral service. Here in Connecticut, these challenges have been met with calm, understanding and poise in the face of a great uncertainty. Funeral directors continue to care for victims of the virus and work with bereaved families, although the frequency of incidents has lessened. In addition, funeral directors work closely with regional and local clergy who have established their own protocols for officiating at and/or holding funerals within their houses of worship.

Governor Lamont announced Phase 2.1 directives that relate to limits on religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings. According to the Governor's Frequently Asked Questions on

Updated Relaxation of Limits on Religious Gatherings

    The current cap in religious gatherings (which includes services in funeral home) is 100 people or 25% of the capacity of the facility whichever is less while maintaining social distancing and masking requirements. The new rule would simply increase the percentage from 25% to 50% of the capacity of the venue while maintaining social distancing and masking requirements.

The New Executive Order 10, Effective Thursday, February 4, 2021 is updated which went into effect immediately and included the following provision:

Relaxation of Limits on Religious Gatherings. Executive Order No. 7TT, Section 2, as most recently amended by Executive Order No. 9K, Section 2, is further amended to provide that religious, spiritual, or worship gatherings, if held indoors, are limited to no more than 50 percent of the venue's capacity, and such services, if held outdoors, are limited to the number of people that can be accommodated safely by the venue or location, provided that all persons present at any such indoor or outdoor gathering wear masks, unless speaking from designated safe locations, and that a distance of 6 feet is maintained between all persons or groups not from the same household.

Proper social distancing protocols and the use of masks shall be maintained at all times at funerals, wakes and burials. Funeral homes can be more stringent than these standards if they feel it is necessary to protect the families and their staff from the spread of COVID-19. This shall be in effect until the conclusion of the declared public health emergency.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association remains focused on the highest standards of funeral service and ethics as we all move forward with our neighbors in every Connecticut town and city.

The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) is comprised of funeral directors at more than 220 funeral homes with hundreds more funeral directors. Founded in 1889, the Wethersfield-based professional association is committed to the promotion and advocacy of high ethical standards in funeral service. This includes the development and presentation of ongoing professional training opportunities for practitioners and educational programs for association members and the public. Contact 860-721-0234.

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