NeFDA Annual Convention
May 2-4, 2017
Younes Conference Center
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.
Brad Perdue, President
When most people hear “estate planning,” they think of planning to avoid estate taxes. However, for more than 99% of people, the federal estate tax is no longer a concern (although state level estate taxes may still be an issue for some). There is a lot more to estate planning than taxes. That’s why family succession planning better describes this process. It includes decisions about who will receive which assets, when they will receive those assets, and who will have authority to make financial, medical, and end of life decisions for you if you can’t.
Connected Forever is a Nebraska non-profit organization founded by Jesse & Tracy Pella in honor of their sons, Cooper & Cohen. On June 1, 2011, Cooper and Cohen were born at 23 weeks 4 days gestation. Cohen became a heavenly angel that day. Cooper, weighing only 14.8 ounces, was able to be home with his family after spending 134 days in the NICU. During their journey, Jesse & Tracy were surrounded by an amazing support system thanks to family and friends. Connected Forever was established so that no family has to endure a journey of prematurity or infant loss alone.
Connected Forever’s mission to is support families who have experienced premature birth or infant loss by providing resources, education, and emotional support.
Connected Forever provides bereavement programming to support families experiencing infant loss. Our Funeral and Burial Assistance program provides financial support for families to help alleviate the financial burden of losing an infant. Families are able to contact Connected Forever or apply for assistance through our website.
Connected Forever holds a memorial event for families each year to allow them to celebrate the life of their infant surrounded by friends and family, alongside other families who are experiencing a similar journey.
Connected Forever also provides emotional support and resources to families on a one-to-one basis.
More information can be found on our website at www.connected4ever.org.
This free seminar will feature Dr. Cyril Wecht, America’s leading forensic pathologist, and Capt. Dana Hall, ASPRU.S. Department of Health and Human Services, providing timely insight into what a mass fatality response should look like and what areas need improvement. In order to prevent attacks, or contain the spread of disease or chemical exposure, the response must be rapid, organized and thorough for first responders, health care professionals, law enforcement agencies and government officials. A must attend event for anyone involved in public health and public safety.
Must register by October 26. To register, visit http://go.unl.edu/massfatalityseminar
Questions? Contact Kathy Bolkovac at 402-471-7033.
Annual Iowa – Nebraska – South Dakota TRI-STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
For Funeral Directors and Salesmen (only)
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Whispering Creek • Sioux City, Iowa (Home of the 2006 Iowa State Amateur Championship)
Take Exit 144A off of I29. Go east on Highway 20 to Exit 3. Turn right on Morningside Ave then within 50 feet you will turn left and follow the signs. This is a great new course that you will enjoy.
$19,000.00 in Prizes valued $400.00 to $70.00
Includes: 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch, supper and $58.00 worth of freebees. Over 17 handicap tee off from forward tees.
Shotgun Start at 12:30 p.m. êRegistration from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Lunch will be served between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Make your own foursomes or we will pair you with someone. Quota Point Tournament with the winner choosing first.
Everyone wins something worth between $70.00 & $400.00
The Nebraska Funeral Directors Association was approached by Gerald Meyer, historian of the Nebraska National Guard (NNG) Museum, requesting that the NeFDA consider sponsoring the “Price of Freedom” display at the new NNG Museum. Gerald and Society President, Darin Krueger, attended the NeFDA District Meetings in 2015 to discuss plans for the new museum. The NeFDA Board has agreed to sponsor $10,000 of the project so far and is looking to the membership for additional support.
On April 6, 2016, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation declaring the week of May 1-7, 2016, as Funeral Service Professionals Week. On hand to view the signing of the proclamation were NeFDA President Timothy Strauser, President-Elect Bradley Perdue, Executive Director Kathi Schildt and Associate Director Tiffany Fougeron. This is a great honor for the Nebraska Funeral Directors Association, whose members strive to provide the best service for families and members of their communities while they go through difficult times. While funeral service professionals are respected for their services, their efforts often go unrecognized because of the nature of the job. Funeral service professionals strive to provide exceptional service, but choose to remain in the background and make sure everything runs smoothly while families begin the healing process. Their service to the communities they reside in takes precedence over other things. They are on call at all times, including weekends and holidays, and work long hours to ensure a service is provided that honors the memory of a loved one.
In Nebraska, more than 400 funeral directors are licensed and registered. In order to meet the strict rules and regulations, licensed funeral directors must continue to maintain education credits and meet other guidelines as well. The Nebraska Funeral Directors Association would like to recognize its members for meeting and often going above and beyond state requirements and for providing quality service to the communities they serve. The proclamation from Governor Ricketts also recognizes the 130 years that funeral directors have been providing service in the state of Nebraska. Please remember to thank the funeral service professionals in your community for the tireless and often thankless services they provide.
The Center for Preparedness Education has partnered with the Biocontainment Unit to provide a special, one-day training on “Care and Coordination for the Highly Infectious Disease Patient and Related Procedures.” In this training, they will cover post-mortem considerations for Ebola virus infected human remains, including the process of preparing human remains for cremation and/or burial.
The training will be offered in several locations and dates across the state. There is no cost for the Biocontainment Unit training and Symposia is only $45. View the Biocontainment Unit Flyer for dates and locations.
Please contact Allison Gemelke at 402-552-3105 or visit www.preped.org for more information.
Many times survivors must deal with disposing of medications of a recently deceased loved one. For years we have continued to flush these medications. This is NOT the answer. Instead of trashing or flushing medications down the drain, encourage survivors to take the medications back to a pharmacy participating in The Nebraska Medication for Education Disposal Strategies (MEDS) Coalition’s take-back program. The MEDS program provides easy, legal disposal of leftover, expired, or unused medications. Currently there are over 270 pharmacies across the state taking back medications. (more…)
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Milford, NE 68405