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
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…)
The Nebraska Department of Veterans’ Affairs has provided us with a copy of the Funeral Director Guide 2015 – Veterans Aid which was published in October 2015.
Annual Iowa – Nebraska – South Dakota
TRI-STATE GOLF TOURNAMENT
For Funeral Directors and Salesmen (only)
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Whispering Creek • Sioux City, Iowa
(Home of the 2006 Iowa State Amateur Championship) (more…)
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…)
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The Nebraska Funeral Directors Association represents the funeral service industry across the state of Nebraska. Current membership represents approximately 95% of the funeral homes in the state. The organization has been in existence since 1886.
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521 First Street
PO Box 10
Milford, NE 68405