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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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FAMIC Study of American Attitudes Toward Ritualization and Memorialization - Executive Summary (PDF)


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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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CFDA 131st Annual Meeting
2020 Officers and Executive Committee
Gathered in the Hotel Lobby with Spouses and Partners
 Thursday, December 5th • Sheraton Hartford South/Rocky Hill

CFDA 131st Annual Convention


Lt. Governor Bysiewicz Stopped by the Annual Meeting To Review
the Proceeds of the 14th Annual CFDA Holiday Gift Collection.

Thank You to Everyone who Donated Toys and Gift Cards!!!

Proceeds of the 14th Annual CFDA Holiday Gift Collection

After a month long effort by CFDA member funeral homes to collect toys and gift cards to benefit the Connecticut National Guard's ELF (Embracing Lonely Families) Toy Drive and The Connecticut Children's Medical Center, bags, boxes and carts of toys began arriving at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill. By the end of the day $1200 in Gift Cards and six carloads of toys were delivered to The National Guard and The Connecticut Children's Medical Center. This was by far the most successful Holiday Drive in the fourteen years CFDA has participated. There were dolls, cars, trucks, board games, art supplies, model kits, stuffed animals, and LEGO ® sets.

(L to R): Capt. David Pytlik of the CT Military Department; Melody Bayber the Director of CT National Guard Family Support Center;  CT Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz, CFDA Executive Director John Cascio and 2019 CFDA President Edward Sheehy.



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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
Download the Value Worksheet PDF


Funeral Trusts and ContractsNEW 2020
Funeral Trusts & Contracts:
Regarding Medicaid & Title 19

   To Order printed copies from CFDA.
   Brochure Pricing.

  Click here for brochure in English.
  Click here for brochure in Spanish.

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
   Amendment to Prepaid Irrevocable
   Pre-Need Funeral Contract


2020 Dues Statement and Application
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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
Services Flyer

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CFDA 130th Annual Convention, 2018 Legislative & Legal Summary
Presented by Mike Dugan & John McHugh
December 6, 2018 - Download PowerPoint Presentation - Also available in PDF Download

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
Live Webinars, Self-paced Online Seminars
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High School Seniors Scholarship Awards
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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
Required for Veterans Burial -
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Members Resource Guide
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Youth and Funerals Resources

Youth and Funeral Resources.
eBook in English  •  eBook in Spanish

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