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By becoming a member of the Illinois Funeral Directors Association, you become a fundamental part of an association comprised of licensed funeral directors and embalmers who pledge to serve Illinois families exemplifying the highest ethical standards within the funeral service profession.

Who Is Eligible for Membership?
Depends on the category of membership. For the most part, you need to be a licensed funeral director and/or embalmer in the State of IL, a student enrolled in a Mortuary Science program in the State of IL, or a supplier of goods and/or services to the profession.


A full Member Benefits Guide can be viewed/downloaded here. A brief description of each is listed below.



Annual Convention
The IFDA Annual Convention is the largest gathering of funeral professionals in the state. Our goal is to present new ideas from innovators in the profession, new products and services offered by leading-edge suppliers and create a network of valuable resources throughout the state.

As part of our education program, seminars provide timely education, fellowship and update members on new programs, services and developments within IFDA and the funeral service profession. Seminars are held in each of the three regions – Northern, Central and Southern.

Online CE Course
IFDA has many self-study course which licensees may register for at any time. Members can purchase these courses at a reduced price.  Online Store

E-News Bulletin and Alerts
Our monthly E-News bulletin, The Director, sent via email updates on legal, legislative, regulatory and any other industry news. Breaking news and critical information is sent via email through our Special Announcements/Alerts.


Laws and regulations have a major impact on how funeral directors conduct their daily business lives. Members have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from state and national representation from IFDA’s grassroots efforts.

Regulatory Intermediator
IFDA maintains a robust working relationship with the state’s regulating body – IDFPR as well as the Treasurer and Comptroller’s offices. The IFDA Board and staff actively participate in legislative and regulatory meetings and serve as a voice for the industry on policy and regulatory initiatives.

Ethical Practice Mediation

IFDA handles ethical practice complaints submitted by consumers and funeral directors alike through our Ethical Practice System. Through this system submissions made concerning a member are handled internally by our funeral colleagues; nonmember complainants are directed to the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


Career Center
Opportunities for funeral professionals begin here!
Whether you are a recent graduate or an experienced funeral professional seeking a change or a home owner looking to fill a position, IFDA’s Career Center will help you find your next perfect fit.

Membership gains you access to the MEMBERS ONLY areas of the IFDA website. Your top resource for the latest information and resources related to the funeral care industry.

Forms Library
Our forms library is filled with numerous documents important in the daily life of a funeral director. You will find forms on autopsy, casket, cemetery, cremation, disposition, donation, embalming, financial, government, legal, religious and many more. The forms library is a valuable MEMBER’s ONLY resource available 24/7.

Problem Solvers
We are here for you…as a resource to answer your questions, to provide a referral, offer counsel for that difficult family situation, perform a form search, whatever it may be. If it keeps you up at night, let us help you with it.

Leadership Opportunities
IFDA actively recruits volunteer leaders for service on the Board of Directors and for special and standing committees. Members can lend their unique talents to the advancement of funeral service while sharpening their leadership skills.

Community of Thought Leaders
When you’re faced with challenges unique to your profession, it’s smart to talk and network with colleagues who have lived your experience. Associations hold the collective wisdom of members of all sizes and financial resources. You won’t find the depth, extensiveness of experience, understanding and now-how better anywhere than IFDA.

Membership provides the opportunity to meet with professional peers from around the state and share their knowledge and discuss industry developments, challenges and solutions.

Preferred Partner Benefit Program
IFDA endorses a number of benefit programs designed to help funeral professionals operate more efficiently and increase profits!  You can view the list of providers here.

Discount Program
As an IFDA member you gain access to valuable discounts on services and products.  View the latest list here.



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