Welcome to the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association website. This updated site is your source for any information you need concerning your association. You can learn more about the classified ads, scholarship information, legislative news and updates and products and services available to you. Membership in your association gives you many continuing education opportunities allowing you to network with your colleagues and hear nationally known speakers, all at an affordable price. Our profession is changing rapidly and your membership assures you that you will not be left behind. Our committees are working hard to make sure the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association members continue to be leaders in our profession. Please check the website often to keep up-to-date with the latest information so you can better serve your community.
Gary Straatmann, President
The Chicago Regional OSHA office has launched “a new program in Nebraska” focusing on increased education about “highly hazardous chemicals” commonly used in funeral homes and certain manufacturing and printing facilities, and outpatient health centers.
“Businesses in these sector will see more inspections,” said Darwin Craig, assistant director for OSHA in the Omaha office. The apparent emphasis is intended to address hazards in the workplace that pose certain risks to workers.
We are urging all NeFDA members to take this notification seriously and re-examine employer OSHA compliance policies that your company has implemented and assess if there are any areas of compliance that need attention.
Does an accused employee have the right to review a written complaint against them?
Question: One co-worker verbally abused another co-worker. Subsequently the abuser received a written reprimand for their behavior. The abuser now wishes to physically review the complaint filed by their co-worker. Are they entitled to view the complaint? (more…)
Heartfelt Incorporated invites you to an open house to celebrate the 140th year of service of Zabka Funeral Home on Thursday, October 23, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm at Junto Winery in Seward, Nebraska.
Greg & Dixie Zabka and Brad & Jill Perdue ask that the spirit of this celebration be in support of the Children’s Memorial being built on the campus of Concordia University in Seward. (more…)
These recommendations give guidance on the safe handling of human remains that may contain Ebola virus and are for use by personnel who perform postmortem care in U.S. hospitals and mortuaries. In patients who die of Ebola virus infection, virus can be detected throughout the body. Ebola virus can be transmitted in postmortem care settings by laceration and puncture with contaminated instruments used during postmortem care, through direct handling of human remains without appropriate personal protective equipment, and through splashes of blood or other body fluids (e.g. urine, saliva, feces) to unprotected mucosa (e.g., eyes, nose, or mouth) which occur during postmortem care.
- Only personnel trained in handling infected human remains, and wearing PPE, should touch, or move, any Ebola-infected remains.
- Handling of human remains should be kept to a minimum.
- Autopsies on patients who die of Ebola should be avoided. If an autopsy is necessary, the state health department and CDC should be consulted regarding additional precautions. (more…)
Click on the document below for directions on how to find information on the National Archives website.
The link to the National Archives website is: http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/funeral-home-director/index.html
What started out as a quiet Mother’s Day quickly turned into devastation for many people in Seward County and the surrounding counties of Butler, Polk, York, Fillmore, Saline and Lancaster. Numerous tornadoes and high winds severely damaged properties and completely destroyed numerous homes and businesses. Fortunately, no one was killed or severely injured in the storm, but the damage was overwhelming to those in the communities that were hit.
Bill Lauber owns the Lauber Funeral Home in Beaver Crossing and was shocked to see the damage to his building. Once he checked his funeral home, he proceeded to drive to the cemetery and was shocked to see the damage. About a third of the headstones were toppled, numerous trees were downed, and debris had flown in from neighboring homes. Volunteers poured in to help those in the community clean up their town. With their help, progress was made to help clean up the cemetery.
Staff from various memorial companies assisted in resetting and repairing the headstones that were toppled. Thank you to the following companies for their generosity: Desch-Paine Monuments/Sunburst Memorials out of Grand Island and St. Cloud, Minnesota; Monument Advisors out of Grand Island; Wegner Monuments out of Central City and York; Speidell Monuments out of Lincoln; and Trump Memorials out of Lincoln.
On April 19, a fundraiser was held for the Nebraska Organ Recovery System in memory of Thomas Tiffany Varney V (Moose) at the Kuck Motorsport Collection located just off of the Lincoln 27th Street exit. Gary and Susan Kuck, along with their son, Scott, have over 35 years of collecting antique classic muscle cars and race cars, dating from 1906 to the present which they display in their beautiful building. This collection includes approximately 100 cars – many extremely rare. The Kucks host between 12-15 fundraisers a year for various charities.
MOST IMPORTANT – TO SCHEDULE A BURIAL IN A FEDERAL CEMETERY:
If the veteran/retiree will be buried in a Department of Veterans Affairs National Cemetery (Federal Cemetery), make contact with the above first, they will obtain missing documentation from NPRC, if needed. Do NOT submit a request to both the national Cemetery Scheduling Office and NPRC – that will slow things down since the record(s) cannot be in two places at once. (more…)
I am the administrator for the NE Public Health Preparedness and Emergency Response Unit and I work with Kris Chiles, Program Administrator in the Licensing Unit. I would like to inform you about the upcoming free webinars about Nebraska’s Mass Fatality Plan and the laws that govern mass fatality operations in Nebraska. Public Health is responsible for mass fatality planning under state and federal emergency management schemes, however, many responsibilities for fatality management are assigned to other entities under Nebraska Statutes. Funeral Directors will be critical partners, working with public officials in a mass fatality event.
Funeral directors can earn continuing education by participating in the live webinar. Certificates of participation will be issued at the end of the two hours. Local health departments and other community partners will also be participating in these educational opportunities. We encourage you to contact your local health department to discuss what roles you will play in a mass fatality event.
Nebraska’s long term goal is to ensure that all agencies at the state, regional and local levels and funeral directors understand their roles and how they work together with the other response partners to ensure that state, regional and local emergency response plans appropriately lay out responsibilities and collaborations.
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