Arizona Funeral Director Selected for NFDA’s 2024-25 National Emerging Leaders Program Class

AFCCA is excited to announce that Marshall Loring of Messinger Mortuary in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been named among the select group of funeral service professionals for the 2024-25 National Emerging Leaders Program by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA). Marshall’s inclusion in this esteemed program is a testament to his dedication and potential within the funeral service profession. This year-long initiative is designed to cultivate leadership qualities through expert-led sessions and high-level networking, preparing participants …

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Air Force Base Honor Guard Military Funeral Honors Areas of Responsibility

Please note the areas of responsibility for any services you are preparing for that are Air Force Veterans and you are needing Military Funeral Honors. All is needed from the family is a DD-214 verifying honorable service. The AFB do not provide flags, but you can obtain a burial flag for free from a post office by filling out a form and providing a DD-214. More information is provided via the following link: https://faq.usps.com/s/article/Burial-Flags MFH …

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AFCCA Advocacy Updates April 11, 2024

The Arizona legislature recently passed two bills that will impact the Funeral Profession in Arizona, HB2140 and HB2081, both of which have successfully navigated through the House and Senate. As of April 10, 2024, these legislative measures have received the Governor’s signature,. A Closer Look at HB2140 HB2140 makes various changes to the statutes governing funeral industry professionals, licensure and regulations in attempt to clean up legislative moves in 2023 around licensure, education and the …

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SALES CLOSED – CGCC Mortuary Science Program T-Shirt Fundraiser!

The Mortuary Science Club (Sigma Phi Sigma) is selling t-shirts and hoodies! All money collected will go to supporting the club and the mortuary science students. The production/sale of these shirts and hoodies will foster a sense of community and belonging within the program and college. Cost of t-shirt: $25 Cost of Hoodie: $55 Please pick up at the Mortuary science building when notified for pickup. Can also be delivered locally or the the AFCCA …

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NBE Item Writing Workshop – We Need You!

The Conference welcomes anyone who is a licensed funeral director and embalmer, has passed the NBE-Arts and NBE-Sciences, who is interested in volunteering their time to apply. No experience in exam development is required as training and mentorship is provided. Space is limited and participants will be chosen to represent the diversity of funeral service licensees across the country. Participation may also be recognized for continuing education within your state. If interested, please note the …

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Major Victory for NFDA and Funeral Service: U.S. EPA Finds Formaldehyde Used for Embalming Is Not Regulated Under the Toxic Substances Control Act

NFDA to host free member webinar on March 27 about the draft risk assessment. Earlier today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its draft of its determination of the health and environmental risks of formaldehyde under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) for comment and peer review. NFDA and funeral service secured a major victory when the draft risk assessment indicated that formaldehyde used for embalming would not be subject to regulations under TSCA. …

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New Legislation Introduced to Ease Funeral Expenses for Families

Families facing the unexpected loss of a loved one may find relief in new legislation introduced in the House of Representatives today. Endorsed by the National Funeral Directors Association, the “Funeral Coverage Act of 2024,” introduced by Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK), would designate funeral expenses as a qualified expense eligible for coverage under Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). This means that families that have saved money for healthcare expenses can use those funds for funeral and …

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AFCCA Advocacy Updates March 13, 2024

The Senate President has insisted that inspections will revert to a five-year interval, as opposed to the current two-year period written into HB2140. There will not be a separate license for Alkaline Hydrolysis; instead, it will be included under the existing cremation license. This applies irrespective of the location of the cremation process. There will also need to be an amendment to define cremation to include Alkaline Hydrolysis. HB2140 successfully passed through the rules on …

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AFCCA Advocacy Updates February 27 – HB2140

As of February 26, HB2140 continues to move through the Senate, and you can review the latest version via this link: House Engrossed Version – HB2140. However, it seems we’ll need to make some adjustments, according to the Senate President’s guidance. HB2140 has been assigned to the Senate Finance and Commerce Committee, and Courtney LeVinus (AZ Capitol Consulting) intends to  engage with committee members and brief them on the importance of this legislation. In recent communications …

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Forge Your Path: NFDA Accepting Applications for Prestigious National Emerging Leaders Program

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is accepting applications for the 2024-25 National Emerging Leaders Program. This program, which has nurtured 38 funeral service professionals, helps talented individuals cultivate and enhance the skills, abilities and characteristics necessary to effectively lead in their business, their community, and state and national organizations. “The National Emerging Leaders Program promotes the collaboration of like-minded funeral directors who desire to make a difference in a leadership role,” said Victoria Martin …

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