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  • June 16, 2021 8:46 AM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    Thank you for joining us for the 140th Annual WFDA Convention!

    We had a wonderful time gathering in person last week in La Crosse. It was so nice to see everyone's friendly faces and catch up while learning from some fantastic speakers. 

    Monday, June 7

    We kicked off the day with a Board of Directors meeting followed by an Ethics course presented by the always entertaining and lively Michael Sharkey, Esq. After gathering in the hotel bar, we packed ourselves on to school busses to head to the LaCrosse Loggers Welcome Reception, hosted by Federated Insurance. The sun was hot, the beers were cold, and the smiles were warm!

    Tuesday, June 8

    This year, we started our day of continuing education with our Keynote Speaker, Conor Cunneen, aka IrishmanSpeaks. Conor showed how everyone can have the Gift of GAB (Goals, Attitude, Behavior) and how the Gift of GAB can impact every environment in a positive manner. Conor was a great speaker and set the tone for a fun day. Our delicious lunch was sponsored by Brown-Wilbert. 

    The day of learning and networking continued with our General Business session, and an informative session presented by Samantha Seiber on debunking the myths on Alkaline Hydrolysis- a very timely topic in Wisconsin right now. 

    We ended the day with a beautiful Service of Remembrance honoring those members and spouses we have lost since the last time we gathered in 2019.  Funeral Home Gifts generously donated gift certificates to the families of those we lost to create a custom tribute blanket in honor of their loved ones. 

    Following the Service of Remembrance, we moved upstairs for a beautiful sunset river view during our President's reception to honor our outgoing WFDA President, Jenna M. Krenz. The reception included an open bar and tasty appetizers. All sponsored by Urns Unlimited. 

    Wednesday, June 9

    Wednesday, we enjoyed two presentations from Wally Hooker and a educational session about Business Succession and Exit Strategy by Marc Loden. During our second General Business session, we had the pleasure of honoring our members celebrating their 25 and 50 year licensee awards. We were grateful to have members present who celebrated in 2020 and 2021. We also installed our newly elected Board Officers and District Representatives. Meet your new Board on our website, here

    Thank you again to everyone who joined us last week, educated our members, sponsored out event, and donated to our PAC!

    We look forward to seeing everyone again next year,

    June 13-15, 2022 in Lake Geneva!

  • April 22, 2021 12:47 PM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    The Wisconsin DMV guide for family members of recently deceased is now available on the WFDA website. You can find it below and on our Resources Page. This simple document can be used to help DMV customers who call asking about what they should do with their loved one’s driver license, disabled placards or about changing the title. 

    Wisconsin DMV guide for family members of recently deceased

  • April 19, 2021 10:34 AM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    140th Annual WFDA Convention

    June 7-9, 2021

    La Crosse, WI

  • April 19, 2021 10:32 AM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    P02699 FEMA funeral assistance.pdf

    The Wisconsin Department of Health Services has created a handout to help explain the FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program and help prevent the public from overwhelming funeral homes and coroner/medical examiners offices.  The The Wisconsin Vital Records Office also received this information (as they hold all the death certificate info in their office) and they will be mailing a packet to the families that have a loved one that died of COVID -19 and clearly should be submitting for the reimbursement. 

  • February 17, 2021 12:04 PM | JoEllen Graber (Administrator)

    Save the Date for the 140th Annual WFDA Convention, June 7-9, 2021 in La Crosse, WI.

  • February 08, 2021 12:44 PM | JoEllen Graber (Administrator)

    DHS provided clarifying language to vaccinators this week. Coroners, medical examiners, and funeral service workers are part of phase 1a. Access to the vaccine varies between counties. Funeral homes should work with providers or public health agencies currently vaccinating other “unaffiliated” healthcare workers. The term unaffiliated is being used for those who aren’t affiliated with a large healthcare system, such as small clinics and other providers.


  • November 18, 2020 12:30 PM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

  • September 11, 2020 5:03 PM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    Thank you for your patience and support as we plan the best course for our convention this year. The WFDA has polled our membership and weighed the liabilities/ risks of holding an in-person convention in October of this year. After originally postponing the June event to October, we are now choosing to convert our convention to a virtual series of continuing education and cermonies starting Tuesday, October 27, 2020.

    We will kick off the virtual event series with our General Business Session and OSHA on Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Schedule details are coming soon! We will be updating our website and sending emails relating to this event so please stay tuned to the Convention page on the WFDA website.

  • July 22, 2020 11:39 AM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    Did you know that WFDA members have exclusive access to resumes submitted by those seeking jobs in funeral service? Check out the latest submitted resumes here. You must be signed in to view. 

    As a WFDA member, you can also submit a job posting at anytime that will be be listed on our website and in our bi-weekly newsletter, The Spotlight Express. Submit your job posting here.

    Looking for a new position in funeral service? Check out the latest job postings here!

  • April 02, 2020 8:47 AM | Caroline Bowers (Administrator)

    As you know, the CDC has issued guidance indicating that embalming confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases is safe, so long as funeral professionals take precautions such as wearing proper PPE and making every possible effort to minimize splashing and aerosolization of fluids. Recognized embalming experts have offered their suggestions for how this might be accomplished.

    Recently, NFDA found alternate guidance on embalming from the World Health Organization (WHO), another recognized organization that has been on the front lines confronting COVID-19 around the globe.

    While WHO’s recommendations align with CDC guidance in important areas – bodies can be buried or cremated; there is no evidence of people becoming infected from exposure to the bodies of people who died of COVID-19; and families should avoid contact (i.e., touching, kissing, etc.) the body of the decedent – it differs on two key points:

    • Embalming is not recommended to avoid excessive manipulation of the body;
    • Adults >60 years and immunosuppressed persons should not directly interact with the body.

    We share this information from WHO in the interest of full disclosure and out of concern for your safety. We also note that WHO is a global organization and embalming standards and practices around the globe may or may not match the high safety standards to which funeral professionals in the United States adhere.

    NFDA is making every effort to clarify with the CDC if embalming can be done safely and whether or not older or immune-compromised people should perform this essential task.

    NFDA strongly believes that embalming and viewing the body is an important part of meaningful memorialization. However, we also recognize that the safety of funeral directors and embalmers is paramount.

    We urge you to seriously weigh the risks presented by embalming COVID-19 cases with the steps you have always taken to be safe while caring for the bodies of people who have died of highly-infectious diseases. Whether you are comfortable embalming a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 victim is a personal choice; you should use your best professional judgment to determine your comfort level with embalming these individuals. NFDA hopes that funeral home owners will respect the wishes of a funeral professional who is not comfortable embalming a pandemic victim, regardless of the reason.

    Should you choose to continue embalming victims of the pandemic; the CDC guidance represents the minimum precautions a funeral professional should take. You should use your best professional judgment to determine whether you should take additional precautions beyond what is recommended.

    While scientists have learned a lot about COVID-19 in a relatively short period of time, there are still many unknowns and guidance is evolving based on new data. As we learn of new guidance on embalming COVID-19 pandemic victims, we will share it as quickly as we can.

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