Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Annual Convention May 6-8, 2014 in Kearney

Register today! View the 2014 NeFDA Registration Brochure. The early registration deadline is April 22.

Interested in becoming an exhibitor? We’d love to see your company represented at our Convention. View the 2014 NeFDA Exhibitor Brochure and register today! Call (402) 761-2217 or email staff@nefda.org for more information.

President’s Welcome

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.

Vaughn Wright, President

Recent News

April 22, 2014

Homesteaders Life Company, a national leader in pre-need funeral funding, recently released Un regalo para sus seres queridos™, a Spanish-language version of its popular community presentation program Think of Me When®. This comprehensive resource is designed to help funeral service professionals share the benefits of advance funeral planning.

Please see the attached press release or click here for additional details.

April 8, 2014

Please see file for information on a fundraiser for the Nebraska Organ Recovery System in Memory of Thomas Tiffany Varney V (Moose). This event will be held at the Kuck Motorsport Collection on the interstate at the Lincoln 27th Street Exit. The open house event will be held April 19 from 1-5:00 pm. The donation amount is $25.


March 6, 2014

Congratulations to Laura Zabel, CMSP, a funeral director at the Archdiocese of Denver Mortuary in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, who was recently presented with the President’s Distinguished Service Award at the 110th Annual Meeting of The International Conference of Funeral Service Boards in Orlando, Florida.

Laura is a Certified Mortuary Science Practitioner and has served as a representative on the Colorado Funeral Service Board since 1994. She is licensed in Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa. She served as President of the Colorado Funeral Directors Association in 1998. Laura has been a member of the NeFDA for many years.

February 19, 2014

The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese invites funeral directors to an educational program on the practices of Christian funerals as observed by the Catholic Church. The meetings are specifically tailored for funeral directors and staff. The program will be offered four times at three locations at no cost and has been approved for two continuing education hours.

  • March 6, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Saint Mary Church, 2300 Madison Avenue, Norfolk, NE
  • March 13, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Saint Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th Street, Omaha, NE (Cultural Center)
  • March 20, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Saint Isidore Church, 3921 20th Street, Columbus, NE
  • March 27, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm – Saint Cecilia Cathedral, 701 N. 40th Street, Omaha, NE (Cultural Center)

RSVP to (402) 827-3847 or email dabegley@archomaha.org


January 30, 2014

We recently learned about a change in policy by the United States Postal Service (USPS) for shipping cremated remains. Effective December 26, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) revised its policy pertaining to the shipment of cremated remains. Cremated remains may no longer be sent domestically or internationally via Registered Mail Service. Priority Mail Express is the only option for sending cremated remains via the USPS. (more…)

December 9, 2013

Encourage members in your communities to have “The Talk of a Lifetime.” The National Funeral Directors Association has a new campaign available to funeral directors to encourage their families to have this talk to help families make important decisions about how they wish to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones.

Please visit http://nfda.org/consumer-resources/3685-have-the-talk-of-a-lifetime.html to view the various marketing pieces that NFDA is offering, including: news releases, marketing toolkit guidebook, social media setup guidebook, brochures, print ads, press releases and much more!


November 8, 2013

Don Peschke, a member of the Homesteaders Life Company Board of Directors, has been recognized as an industry innovator by Folio, a leading magazine industry resource. Peschke is the founder and president of August Home Publishing, a national magazine publishing company with headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. (more…)

October 30, 2013

Nebraska and Federal laws require employers to display several mandated posters in a physical location where employees can easily see them. The posters provide safety, wages, benefit, and discrimination related information. There is no cost for the posters. They can be viewed and printed on the appropriate sizes. For a list of posters that should be in your place of business, click on the following link: http://dol.nebraska.gov/center.cfm?PRICAT=2&SUBCAT=5Z0

October 23, 2013

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that the irrevocable amount’s CPI Index has changed. The new limit for Irrevocable Trusts is $4,834.

Please use this figure in all of your new contracts and make sure that your staff is aware of this change.

September 27, 2013

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Homes and Cremations were recently awarded the “Pursuit of Excellence” award at the National Funeral Director’s Convention in Charlotte, NC.   Pursuit of Excellence is the premiere recognition program for funeral service, setting standards of excellence that motivate funeral home staff, inspire innovation and sustain consumer confidence in the funeral profession.    NFDA’s Pursuit of Excellence program recognizes funeral homes that are committed to providing outstanding service to the families and communities they serve and are dedicated to achieving the highest professional and ethical standards.  Pursuit of Excellence encourages funeral homes to further the educational and professional development of their staffs, create innovative ideas to better serve families and the community, and consistently strive for excellence.

O’Brien Straatmann Redinger Funeral Homes and Cremations have funeral homes in Kearney, Elm Creek and Gibbon.

Welcome to the NeFDA Website

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.

You can learn more about the Association by visiting other sections of the website.

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