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 !
Elizabeth Frugale has offered this comprehensive explanation of the EDRS System presented at the 2022 December Annual Meeting of CFDA.
Please Review (members only)
2023 Membership information
and Dues Statement
Download Membership Booklet
Download Dues Statement
2023 Annual OSHA Training Web Series.
Register Your Funeral Establishment Today!
There are 11 sessions to choose from!
CFDA 2022 Membership Directory
Download PDF Updated August 2022
CFDA 2022 Legislative Summary (members only)
Is Your Website ADA Compliant?
Find out here (members only)
Cremation Permit (Part IV: Pre-Authorized Cremation) (members only)
Guidelines for Record Keeping and Retention
Authority of Guardians and Conservators with respect to Pre-need Funeral Contracts
Exclusively on the Website
Download the Value Worksheet PDF
Power of Attorney and Conservator Questions
Recently the question was asked whether an agent acting under a durable power of attorney has the authority to execute an advance directive on behalf of his/her principal giving a person disposition rights for such person and directing the manner of disposition.
For a summary and the relevant statutes members only may go to the Legal Section of the Resource Guide for the following links:
- Decedents’ Estates
- Summary of An Act Concerning the Duties of a Conservator and other Persons Authorized to Make Decisions Relating to the Care and Disposition of a Deceased Person’s Body
- General Authority with Respect to Personal and Family Maintenance
- Protected Persons and Their Property
COVID-19 the Reference Library (members only)
FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program - What You Should Know
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)
How To Package and Ship Cremated Remains
Funeral Trusts & Contracts:
Regarding Medicaid & Title 19
To Order printed copies from CFDA.
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 (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. Download PDF
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 Career in Funeral
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 info (members)
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
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. The only way we can effectively face the future, with unforeseen and ever-changing health crises, looming financial uncertainties, and cultural changes is with RESPECT. Also KINDNESS and a healthy dose of FLEXIBILITY. 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.
I came upon a quote by an unknown (at least to me) scribe that reads, "The beauty of the world lies in the diversity of its people." We are in the business of showing the world, one family at a time, a measure of beauty and respect with every call we receive.
We look forward to a safe return in 2023 and more normal operational environment as the vaccine is distributed and our community is able to regain more control over the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 and its variants.
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.
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Meet Connecticut’s Funeral Directors
2022 CFDA President David MacDonald and his wife, Jennifer with 2023 CFDA President Lionel Lessard, Jr. and his wife, Christina at the 134th CFDA Annual Meeting on December 1st at the Sheraton Hartford Hotel South in Rocky Hill.
2023 CFDA Officers and Executive Board Looking Fabulous at the 134th Annual Meeting
Celebrating the 16th Annual CFDA Toy Drive with (L to R) Hymie Glick, Yale New Haven Hospital Auxiliary Co-Chair of The Toy Closet program; John Cascio, CFDA Executive Director; David MacDonald, 2022 CFDA President; Major Dave Pytlik, CT National Guard; Lt. Gov. Susan Bysiewicz; Lionel Lessard, 2023 CFDA President; Melissa Melin-Miles, 2023 CFDA Vice President; and Jonathan Green, 2023 CFDA Secretary