To Advance the Profession of Funeral Service in Connecticut through Public Awareness, Education, Advocacy and High Ethical Standards.
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)
Connecticut State Website - http://www.ct.gov
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.
Browse our website for the latest information relating to funeral service in Connecticut. If you are a funeral service professional, join CFDA now and receive all our member benefits.
What’s New !
FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program - What You Should Know
High School Seniors 2021 Scholarship Awards for Future Funeral Directors
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2021 Membership Booklet and Application
COVID-19 the Reference Library
Results of the 2020 Member Surveys
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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)
Exclusively on the Website
How To Package and Ship Cremated Remains
Download the Value Worksheet PDF
Funeral Trusts & Contracts:
Regarding Medicaid & Title 19
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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
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.
CFDA Career in Funeral
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
- Live Webinars, Self-paced Online Seminars
- Earn Credits
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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 - Click here for more information.
OCME Offers Death Certification Tips
Tips to Assist in Keeping Connecticut Vital Statistics Accurate - Download PDF
Q&A on New White Collar Exemption Rule
by T. Scott Gilligan, NFDA General Counsel
The Most Common Financial Mistakes People Can Make When They Lose A Loved One View here
CT State Veterans Cemetery Updated Form
Required for Veterans Burial - Download PDF
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Members Resource Guide
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Thank You Funeral Directors During the Pandemic
A Message from
The Connecticut Funeral Directors Association
Update: March 19, 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 is to continue to serve our state's communities and remain strong as we work together with the pandemic and the changing restrictions. 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.
The year 2020 was unlike any other year that I can recall in my career. There was a pandemic crisis thrust upon us with almost no notice and no clear direction on how to navigate, whether from a business or personal perspective. Each and every one of us experienced incredible disruption into our lives. The Connecticut Funeral Directors was no different. For 2021 we look forward to a return to a more normal operational environment as the vaccine is distributed and our community is able to regain some control over the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19. On behalf of the entire team at CFDA, thank you for your support and for the trust you have placed in us to keep you and your families safe during such a difficult time.
Governor Lamont announced his reopening plan on Friday, March 19th with directives that relate to limits on religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings. According to the Governor's Frequently Asked Questions on www.ct.gov/coronavirus
Updated Relaxation of Limits on Religious Gatherings
Governor Lamont signed an executive order related to the declarations of public health and civil preparedness emergencies that he enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order No. 10D enacts the following provisions:
- Relaxation of capacity limits for religious, spiritual, or worship (including funeral services) gatherings: Removes capacity limits for religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings (which includes funeral services) effective Friday, March 19, 2021, provided that all persons present at any such gathering wear masks, except for designated speakers speaking from designated safe locations, and a distance of no less than six feet is maintained between people who do not live in the same household.
- Repeal of mandatory travel advisory and self-quarantine requirements: Repeals the previously issued mandatory travel advisory and self-quarantine requirements, effective Friday, March 19, 2021. The Connecticut Department of Public Health continues to recommend limiting travel to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.
In addition to these executive orders, the Department of Economic and Community Development has updated the sector rules to relax certain capacity and other restrictions, effective March 19, 2021, in accordance with the governor's previous announcement.
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.