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April 13, 2016

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2016
 A Message From Your Region 2 Director
  Spring Is Here! Time For Internships!
Spring is here……or is it? Though the weather may not always give us clear indications of Spring, the season is upon us. And for those of us in the academic realm, that means graduation is coming! We will soon be sending fledgling funeral director/embalmers out into the world to become interns. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss what a licensed intern can and cannot do.

One of the first things that needs to be clarified is what the law defines an intern as. “Funeral director and embalmer intern” means a person licensed by the Department who is qualified to render assistance to a funeral director and embalmer in carrying out the practice of funeral directing and embalming under the supervision of the funeral director and embalmer” (225 ILCS 41/1-10). Notice that the law says “supervision”, not “direct supervision”. They are basically stating that an intern can’t do these things independently, but must be under another licensee.

Licensee is also an important definition. The statute’s definition of a licensee is: “a person licensed under this Code as a funeral director, funeral director and embalmer, or funeral director and embalmer intern” (225 ILCS 41/1-10). That means that, except in a few instances, interns can perform most of the duties of a fully licensed funeral director and embalmer licensee without direct supervision.

I get many questions from both interns and funeral directors about what are the legal parameters for intern abilities. And to be truthful, the law is sometimes unclear and disjointed with the information. The three areas I tend to get calls about are: 1. Embalming, 2. Moving of decedents and 3. Making arrangements.

The most frequently asked question I get is whether or not an intern can embalm by themselves, or if the fully licensed funeral director and embalmer has to be in the prep-room with them. Section 130 of the Funeral Directors and Embalmers Licensing Codes states that licensed funeral director and embalmer preceptors are responsible for teaching, demonstrating, directing and supervising the procedures performed by interns. In Subsection b.3 of that section, it states that interns shall be given primary responsibility for: “assisting in the preparation and embalming of at least 24 deceased human bodies…”  No where does it state that that preparation be done under “direct supervision”.  That’s fairly significant; “direct supervision” indicates that a fully licensed person must be present.  So, interns are able to perform embalmings without their preceptors being in the prep-room with them.

Interns are able to transport decedents remains, but under some special parameters. Interns may make removals from place of death, institution or other locations by themselves (I’m not advocating ANYONE do a removal by themselves); but they cannot take an unlicensed person with them.  The law states that only licensed funeral director and embalmers can employ unlicensed people to assist in body removal, and have to accompany them on the removal (225 ILCS 41/1-20, c). Medical Examiners and Coroners can override this if decedent weight is an issue.

Interns, though, can transport decedents to the place of final disposition. The law states that: “the transportation of deceased human remains to a cemetery, crematory or other place of final disposition shall be under the immediate, direct supervision of a licensee..” (225 ILCS 41/1-20, c). For the intent of this section, interns would be considered licensees.

I have also been asked whether or not interns can make funeral arrangements. The answer is: kind of. The Licensing Codes states that making at need funeral arrangements shall only be done by licensed funeral directors and embalmers. Interns may “assist or participate in the arrangements under the direct supervision” of a full licensee. The “direct supervision” would indicate that the fully licensed person must be in the same room, essentially. (225 ILCS 41/1-20)

One last thing I would like to mention about internships. The process of obtaining a license from the State for an internship is not a quick one. We have been told that the average wait time to obtain an internship license is about 6 weeks; could be longer if the intern does not fill out the forms properly or the State is inundated with license applications. If you are actively, or thinking about, seeking an intern, please understand that there will be a lag time between their time of graduation and them obtaining a license.

Matthew R. Kendall
Assistant Professor, Carl Sandburg College
Region 2 Director

Recommendation to Continue Completing DHS Funding Forms
  Although we realize that there is no state funding for IDHS claims or reimbursements at this time, it has been recommended that funeral homes continue to submit claims in case the payments are reinstated and are retro-active.  This is only a recommendation.
IFDA Election Coming Up
  The IFDA Board of Directors Election will be held May 2-13, 2016.  Watch your email for a special bulletin containing a link to your ballot.  Candidate profiles can be viewed here.
Dues Notices Sent Via Email
  Dues invoices were sent via email the week of April 4, 2016.  The subject line is Illinois Funeral Directors Association - Membership Dues Invoice.  There is a link to your membership dues invoice in the email.  You can pay online or print your invoice and mail in your payment.  If you/your organization haven't received your Membership Dues email or have a question regarding your membership, contact Elizabeth at or call 217-525-2000.
Worsham Student Wins Scholarship

AUSTIN, TEXAS, MARCH 24, 2015 – The Order of the Golden Rule Foundation announced the recipient of the 2016 Awards of Excellence Gold Scholarship. The scholarship provides assistance to a student about to graduate from mortuary school and enter the funeral profession.  The scholarship is based on strong academic performance, funeral service experience, and the strength of their essays which exemplifies a commitment to serving grieving families with compassion, fairness, and dignity.

The recipient of the 2016 Gold Award of Excellence is Walter Reghi, Jr. who attends Worsham College of Mortuary Science and is a believer of the independent funeral home. “I have always been an avid supporter of the family owned funeral home, as I believe it truly encompasses what it means to be of service to the community – families helping other families through their deepest and darkest sorrow,” said Mr. Reghi. He will receive a $3,500 scholarship to help complete his studies.

 2016 Annual Convention Information Coming Soon

Watch for information about the 2016 Annual Convention scheduled to take place June 27-29 at the Tinley Park Convention Center, Tinley Park, IL, to arrive in your inbox soon! We are putting the final touches on the program now and will be sending registration information shortly.

Highlights include:

  • A keynote speaker who's worked with billion dollar brands and now uses big company strategies to grow organizations of all sizes. This is a presentation you won't want to miss!
  • Education sessions that cover everything from cremation litigation to advanced embalming techniques and everything in between.
  • Networking opportunities that can't be beat! You won't find this caliber of Illinois funeral professionals in one place in this type of setting anywhere else. Meet new friends and catch up with old acquaintances all while swinging at golf balls, dancing to the best of the 80's and celebrating our newly installed President!
  • The largest exhibit show in the state. You will see the largest variety of industry experts and solution providers who truly know what is happening in the funeral care profession - and they have answers to your questions.
 Check Out IFDA's "New" Career Center

We recently launched some serious updates to the Career Center.  One of the biggest changes is that it is now a live site rather than a static one - meaning that it is visible to the outside world and continuously updated. This is important because it provides job listings and resumes the same exposure as Career Builder©, Indeed© or Monster©.  We also have other features like resume writing tips, interview coaching and numerous ways to make your job listing stand out. 

If you are looking to make a career change, be sure to post your resume.  Employers are looking!

If you are looking to fill a position, be sure to check out our posting options.  Potential employees are looking!

Watch for more information on this exciting new benefit.

New Preferred Provider

Red Apple Capital - New Preferred Provider
IFDA is pleased to announce we have a new Preferred Provider - Red Apple Capital!  Red Apple Capital knows that funeral homes serve clients with varying degrees of credit qualifications. Red Apple Capital is the conduit to find alternative funding sources for these clients in need of non-traditional credit offerings as well as very competitive offerings for more qualified clients. 

Check out this article for American Funeral Director about financing clients and the true liability you take on as a home owner. 

Bryan Stevens
President, Red Apple Capital

Watch for more information about Red Apple Capital and the services they offer to IFDA members only coming soon!

 New Members
  Please welcome our newest members!

Richard Gausselin
Arlington Heights, IL

Pitchford Funeral Home
Tyler Pitchford
Woodriver, IL

  Red Apple Capital
Bryan Stevens
Normal, IL

Knauer Industries
Robert Knauer
Joliet, IL

Check Out IFDA's Facebook and LinkedIn Pages
  Be sure to check out the IFDA Facebook page and give us a "like"!
  While you're at it, check out the IFDA Linkedin page too!  
 Member News
  Veronica Haskell, of Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes was awarded a 2016 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference Scholarship by the Funeral Service Foundation.  The award provided attendance at the 2016 NFDA Professional Women’s Conference, which was held April 8-10 in Cape Coral, FL.  To read about Veronica, click here.
  Tell us something good! Have any member news to share? Let us know and we will post it in next month's E-News.
 District News

Northeastern IL FDA - April 22, 2016
Vermilion County FDA - April 26, 2016
District 8 - April 28, 2016
Egyptian FDA - May 9, 2016

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Funeral Home for Sale
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  IFDA has a plethora of advertising opportunities for you. Check out our advertising rates and information here.

Tags:  225 ILCS 41/1-10  225 ILCS 41/1-20  c  IDHA claims  IFDA election  interns  Jr.  licensee  Walter Reghi 

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