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.
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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
2021 Membership Booklet and Application
Results of the 2020 Member Surveys
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.
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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.
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
High School Seniors 2022 Scholarship Awards for Future Funeral Directors
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Mortuary Science Students Scholarship Awards
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CFDA Career in Funeral
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 (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 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 years 2020-2021 were unlike any other years 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 2022 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 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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2022 CFDA Officers and Executive Board Members after the morning Business Meeting at the 133rd CFDA Annual Convention on Thursday, December 2nd at the Sheraton Hartford South in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.
(L To R) Front Row: Executive Board Member Amanda Portelance, Secretary Melissa Melin-Miles, President David W. MacDonald, Vice President Jacqueline L. Teske, (Back Row): Executive Board Member Thomas J. Tierney, NFDA State Leadership Rep Diana Duksa Kurz, Treasurer Matthew R. Adzima, Executive Board Members Lionel J. Lessard, Jr. and Jesse M. Gomes.
At the evening Banquet and Installation of the 2022 Officers and Executive Board Members.
(L to R): Executive Board Members Jesse M. Gomes, Amanda Portelance, Lionel J. Lessard, Jr., and Thomas J. Tierney, President David W. MacDonald, Vice President Jacqueline L. Teske, Secretary Melissa Melin-Miles, NFDA At-Large Rep Daniel J. Ford, NFDA State Leadership Rep Diana Duksa Kurz, Executive Board Member Albert M. DeLucia, CFDA Executive Director
John F. Cascio and Past President Edward J. Sheehy, Jr.
The is only a small portion of the toys, games (and gift cards) collected by the CFDA Members and their community families for the Annual Holiday Donations to the Connecticut National Guard Service Members and Family Support Center's "Operation ELF" and the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. CFDA Members and our Suppliers have supported this annual event for over 16 years.
CFDA 2022 Membership Booklet & Dues Statement
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