Georgia Funeral Directors Association, Inc., founded in 1899, is the oldest and largest funeral service professional association in the state.
Our goal is to facilitate a basic understanding of the funeral and grief process so that families are better equipped to deal with the loss and ultimate closer of significant relationships in their lives.
GFDA offers Continuing education forums at various times throughout each year, featuring presentations on topics that are timely, cost-effective, and highly informative to funeral directors and embalmers. The majority of these programs are approved for Continuing Education (CE) credit by the Georgia State Board of Funeral Service.
GFDA provides information about association activities and funeral service for dissemination to the membership. For example, timely updates about legislative matters, recent GFDA events and photos, upcoming events, tax and regulatory updates, and deadline reminders for license renewal. GFDA also serves as a notification to membership for deaths within the funeral profession, primarily licensed funeral directors, sales associates and/or members of their immediate families. Submitting death notification within the profession is easy; simply call the GFDA office to alert staff the information is being sent, followed by an email of the information.
GFDA's Executive Committee, Executive Director and registered Lobbyist, continuously monitors legislation of interest to the funeral service profession. GFDA monitors legislation and expresses views of the association to elected leadership of Georgia. Additionally, the Lobbyist and Executive Director maintain close working relationships with state regulatory agencies, related funeral industry organizations, the insurance industry, and the business and legal communities. On the national level, GFDA corresponds with members of the Georgia Congressional Delegation regarding federal issues of concern to the funeral profession.
The association maintains the Georgia Funeral Directors Association Political Action Committee (GFDA PAC). The GFDA PAC forms the basis of contributions to political campaigns and allows the association to take a proactive stance in the elective process in Georgia. Through the GFDA PAC, the association lends our support to candidates who are advocates of GFDA views and opinions as regards funeral service profession legislation. PAC contributions may be made at any time through personal funds only; no company/corporate funds can be accepted.
GFDA is the only National Funeral Directors Association state affiliate association in Georgia maintains a close working relationship with them. The largest funeral service organization in the world, NFDA offers a wide range of services and benefits to its members, including input on key federal legislation, federal compliance information, public relations tools, workshops, and more. GFDA is represented on the NFDA Policy Board, an advisory committee to State Associations and members.
GFDA, through its Executive Committee and Executive Director, serves as a resource center for information on all aspects of funeral service. Calls are fielded daily from members, non-members, news media and the general public requesting assistance, from employment opportunities to public awareness questions to consumer concerns. GFDA serves as a clearinghouse for the public on questions about all aspects of funeral service, and strives to answer all questions in a courteous manner while providing a greater understanding of the funeral service profession.