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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FAMIC Study of American Attitudes Toward Ritualization and Memorialization


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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 Invites Public to Collect for Operation ELF & CT Children’s Medical Center
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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


2021 Legislative Summary (members only)

2021 Annual OSHA Training Web Series
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CFDA 2021 Membership Directory
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COVID-19 the Reference Library (members only)


FEMA’s COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program - What You Should Know
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2021 Membership Booklet and Application

Results of the 2020 Member Surveys
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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)


CFDA Career in Funeral Service Flyer


CFDA Career in Funeral
Services Flyer

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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.

  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
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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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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

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

The Funeral Service Foundation


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Thank You Funeral Directors During the Pandemic

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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 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. In 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.


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CFDA 133rd Annual Convention
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