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3/17/2020: The IFDA Board of Directors recommends following the CDC guidelines on gatherings, and this includes those directly related to any funerals, visitations, or graveside services.

All gatherings of ten (10) or more should be canceled, and/or only conducted with a limit of ten (10) or less people. Viewings should only be permissive with ten (10) or less people. Graveside services should be private and conducted with ten (10) or less people. This information is subject to change per recommendations by the Federal Government and CDC.

These implemented directives are to comply with current recommendations by the Federal Government and the CDC. Indeed, our compliance with these directives is to keep your families safe, as well as the staff at the respective funeral homes.

 

3/19/2020: After receiving some additional information, we would like to clarify our statement of March 17th. The CDC guidance states, “There is currently no known risk associated with being in the same room at a funeral or visitation service with the body of someone who died of COVID-19.” Additionally, IFDA has received clarification from NFDA that embalming is not required prior to any type of service. This is a rapidly changing situation, and we will do our best to provide the most up-to-date information available.

 

3/23/2020: On Friday, March 20, 2020, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a “Shelter in Place” executive order to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the state. On page 7 of the order, “Funeral services” are considered an essential business and operation, and are able to remain open during this time: “Funeral services. Funeral, mortuary, cremation, burial, cemetery, and related services.” Along with the CDC and IDPH, IFDA interprets this to mean that funeral services ARE permitted, but still urges you to adhere to the CDC’s recommendation of a maximum of 10 people present if at all possible. IFDA will continue to monitor the situation and provide up-to-date information as it becomes available.

 

3/23/2020: If you are running low on PPE, you will need to contact your local health department. They are able to request emergency federal supplies.

 

3/27/2020: We are reminding all funeral homes to adhere to the Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines directly related to any funerals, visitations, or graveside services. All gatherings of ten (10) or more should be canceled, and/or only conducted with a limit of ten (10) or less people. Viewings should only be permissive with ten (10) or less people. Graveside services should be private and conducted with ten (10) or less people. It is imperative that we adhere to the guidelines so that additional restraints are not placed upon us.


Illinois Department of Public Health Information

CDC Postmortem Specimen Guidelines

CDC Q&A Regarding Funerals

CDC Mass Gathering Resources

Guide to Livestreaming Funeral Services

NFDA COVID-19 Portal

NFDA COVID-19 FAQ

State of Illinois COVID-19 Response

IDPH's Recommended Guidance for Preventing Spread of COVID-19 in Funeral Homes

Good Grief's COVID-19 Resources & Updates

VA National Cemeteries Update

IFDA will be posting information on COVID-19 on the IFDA Facebook page as it is received. You do not need a Facebook account to view this information. Please click HERE to proceed to the Facebook page.

Please view NFDA webinars on COVID-19 HERE.

 
CURRENT EVENTS

IFDA aims to offer far beyond what is required during each 2-year licensing period. During the 2017-2019 funeral director and embalmer licensing period, IFDA offered 69 funeral directing CE hours, 36 embalming CE hours, and 9 general elective CE hours, for a total of 114 possible hours. We were able to offer these hours to a total of 1,415 attendees. Please continue to check this section for current CE opportunities offered by IFDA. Additionally, third-party education opportunities are listed monthly in the members-only IFDA eNewsletter.
 

 
 

Earning CE hours, increasing your knowledge, training your staff, and learning about new trends and topics has never been easier! The Illinois Funeral Directors Association is pleased to announce a new online education opportunity which will connect you with the top speakers and programs in the industry from your home or office. 

 
Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction
   

The Illinois Funeral Directors Association has established an awards program as a way to identify the exemplary and enduring contributions our members make to the communities they serve and the funeral service profession.

The Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction has been instituted to recognize members for their outstanding contributions and achievements in select areas and to promote initiatives in social and educational areas.

By acknowledging these awardees, we also use their body of work to inspire our future generation of leaders to higher levels of achievement. These firms personify the commitment to excellence and service and bring distinction to themselves and to IFDA.

To be considered for the 2020 Illinois Award of Funeral Service Distinction, please view the requirements and apply HERE.

   
 
 

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