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 !
CFDA 2020 Membership Directory
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Updated Supplier PPE List for the
Connecticut Funeral Directors Association
Updated July 3, 2020
COVID-19 the Reference Library
May/June The Associate
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.
Amendment to Prepaid Irrevocable
Pre-Need Funeral Contract
2020 Dues Statement and Application
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
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
- Live Webinars, Self-paced Online Seminars
- Earn Credits
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High School Seniors Scholarship Awards
New Deadline: June 15
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Mortuary Science Students Scholarship Awards
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Connecticut State Website - http://www.ct.gov
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
To Connecticut Residents from Members of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA):
Update: June 1, 2020
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 three months have been some of the most demanding ever faced by funeral service. Here in Connecticut, these challenges were met with calm, understanding, and poise in the face of a great uncertainty. While we still are serving victims of the Coronavirus and I have concerns about ongoing challenges in the coming months, funeral directors continue to care for the dead and work with bereaved families, and they are to be commended! In addition, we work closely with regional and local clergy who are establishing their own protocols for officiating at and/or holding funerals within their houses of worship.
Governor Lamont's recent Executive Order (7TT) changes the 49-person limit on religious, spiritual and worship gatherings. According to the Governor's Frequently Asked Questions on www.ct.gov:
Question: How many people can attend a funeral, wake, or burial?
Answer: (Effective June 1, 2020) Limits on all religious, spiritual, and worship gatherings are raised to 25 percent of capacity of the indoor space or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is smaller, and to 150 people for outdoor gatherings, provided in each case that appropriate safety and social distancing measures are employed.
Whenever possible, funeral services shall be held at the gravesite. Families are strongly encouraged to postpone funeral services until a later date when they can be held safely for mourners. Proper social distance protocols (not less than 6 feet) shall be maintained at all times at wakes, funeral services 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 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.
Alexander J. Scott, CFSP, CPC, CCSP
President of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association
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.