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- Attention GFDA Members - 

We recommend adding gfdaalert@gfda.org in your email address book to ensure receipt of GFDA Alerts. As a reminder, check your email frequently, including spam / junk folders.

  • GFDA Firm Members have the option of adding their staff emails on their membership renewal form each year. These email addresses are included in our GFDA Alert system.
  • If you have not renewed your 2020 Dues, visit HERE. If you need to update your contact information, email staff@gfda.org
  • For assistance, contact staff@gfda.org so we may verify your email address. 

NEW IN JUNE

Visit the sections below to view more information.   

  • Governor Brian P. Kemp: 5-28-02 Executive Order effective June 1. 
  • GFDA Job Alerts: New Job Postings
  • GFDA News & Reminders: Executive Committee and Events
  • NFDA News: Events and PSA
  • National Concrete Burial Association, Inc.: Revisions to Graveside Recommendations 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

As this information is changing rapidly, we encourage you to bookmark this page and visit it often.  Note, we have made the change to drop down windows for easier review. 
You are encouraged to visit these and review the guidance, information, and links included.

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GFDA closely monitors guidance and information regarding COVID-19. 
Visit the drop down windows below and visit the live links. 

Please note, sections have been updated to contain the most recent information and guidance for quick reference.
We encourage you to visit the links included in all drop down windows below. 
 For prior guidance, review our GFDA Alerts which have been sent via email to our Members or contact the GFDA office. 

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GFDA is pleased to provide everyone in the funeral service profession with the information and resources that are critical to their businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve found the complimentary information useful, consider how GFDA’s exclusive member benefits could be beneficial to your business year-round. To become a member or learn more, visit JOIN GFDA or contact the GFDA office, 770-592-8002. 

Legislative, Licensing and Regulatory Alerts

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Charlie Watts served in the Georgia House of Representatives for 14 years. During his term of service, Charlie had an unparalleled rise to a position of leadership in the House of Representatives, serving as Chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee, and as a member of the rules committee and the Appropriations Committee. Charlie has earned the trust and respect of his fellow legislators, on both sides of the aisle, and of state department heads.

Charlie Watts, GFDA Lobbyist, closely monitors all legislative matters and provides continual legislative updates to the GFDA Executive Committee, Legislative Committee, and our Membership. Our Legislative Committee Members are Chairman Ted Bearden, Richard Stanley, Barry Henderson, GFDA President Bill Hightower, and GFDA President-elect Rob Roberson.

Our legislative updates are posted weekly in this section and sent via GFDA Alert. 

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Notice From The Federal Trade Commission Regarding Complying With The Funeral Rule

The FTC Southeast Regional Office has requested our assistance in notifying GFDA members of this information. Review it carefully and be aware they are making visits to funeral homes across the state. 

Please review the letter and copy of the Federal Trade Commission's guide "Complying with the Funeral Rule". The information is provided to assist funeral providers in complying with the Rule.  Please share the information with all funeral directors and staff in your funeral home. Failure to comply with the Rule may result in civil penalties, which have recently increased at the direction of Congress to $40,654 per violation effective January 24, 2017.  

If you have any questions, please contact the Federal Trade Commission's Southeast Regional Office at FTCFuneralRule-SER@ftc.gov.


Letter to Funeral Service Providers

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Complying the Funeral Rule

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Programs Designed to Help Your Business Suceed

Click the company logos below for more information about the specific services, programs, and prices they offer to our Members. We encourage you to contact your local representative to meet your business needs. 

GFDA Marketing Alliance Partners

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GFDA Choice Colleagues

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Job Alerts

The GFDA Job Alert is provided as a service to members; it has helped place a number of professionals around the state.
Listings can be "open" with full detail  
and contact  information, or "closed" with information forwarded.   All information provided to GFDA is permanently confidential.   The service also provides information, if requested, on individuals seeking positions.

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GFDA News & Reminders

Website Maintenance

Our website will be under going maintenance June 1-3, starting at 6:00 PM each evening. During this time, portions of our website may be unavailable or under construction. We thank you in advance for your patience. 


Attention Firm Members

The Funeral Service Foundation recently purchased KN95 masks from Kelco Supply Co. and they have graciously shared them with GFDA. We will once again be shipping masks to our firm members.  GFDA greatly appreciates the Funeral Service Foundation's generous donation in this time of need!


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Membership Renewals were due in January.  Have you renewed? 

If you haven't sent your renewal, take a moment and visit Join GFDA for your renewal form.  Simply complete the form in full and return it with your payment to staff@gfda.org. 

Remember GFDA Members: 

  • Are included in our online locators
  • Receive GFDA Alerts via email
  • Receive Member discounts from our vendor partners
  • Receive discounted GFDA event pricing
  • Have access to the NFDA Music License and Music Webcasting Licenses

GFDA Executive Committee Planning Session

The GFDA Executive Committee met for their annual spring planning session May 28 & 29 at the GFDA office in Roswell, GA. This was a very productive meeting where they reviewed the results of our recent survey, choose a series of webinars for this summer which will provide opportunities to begin earning your Continuing Education hours, planned events through June 2022, approved a revised 2020 budget, began work on our 2021 budget, approved changes to our website to ensure it is an even better tool for your business, and made many other decisions to ensure Georgia Funeral Directors Association is working and advocating for funeral service for years to come.

We are pleased to announce the Executive Committee appointed Scott Ellis, with Caldwell & Cowan Funeral Home, as Secretary. With the cancellation of our 2020 Annual Convention due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nominating Committee (Nathan Stanley, David McLeighton, and Ernie Mosier) recommended freezing the Executive Committee for 2020-2021. The Executive Committee voted to approve their recommendation. Visit HERE to view our 2020-2021 Executive Committee. Our 2020-2021 District Chairs have also been chosen and we will be announcing them soon.

We will continue to make announcements in the coming days. As always, if you have any questions or if we may be of assistance, we encourage you to contact an Executive Committee Member or the GFDA office.


Scott Ellis, CFSP Joins the GFDA Executive Committee

Scott Ellis, Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) and Certified Crematory Operator, has been a part of the Caldwell & Cowan family since 2007. A 2010 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service, he served as Vice President of the Pi Sigma Eta fraternity, and was awarded the distinguished Bill Pierce Award, given to one who demonstrates their exemplary professionalism and above and beyond efforts to funeral service. He continues to work with the College, serving as a member of the Advisory Board. Following graduation, Scott completed the National Funeral Directors Association's Certified Preplanning Consultant program, which recognizes qualified, knowledgeable individuals who are committed to provide ethical and caring advance planning services for all families.

Scott is a lifelong resident of Newton County. He and his wife, Ronda, have been happily married for over 35 years. Their daughter and son-in-law, Erin and Mark Still, and their four beautiful grandchildren, are their pride and joy. Scott and Ronda enjoy going camping and love spending time with their family members, who mean the most to them.

Scott's goal in funeral service is to treat every family with the compassion and respect they deserve when they need it most. Having completed all required coursework to obtain his Certified Funeral Service Practitioner(CFSP) designation indicates that he goes above and beyond to serve every family as if they were his own.

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Lunch ‘n Learn Webinars - July 2020 

Visit the GFDA Calendar
for more details about
 our future events.

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Obituary Notices

We ask that funeral-service-related death notices be sent to staff@gfda.org to ensure timely notification to our members.

If it is outside of normal business hours, please call the GFDA office after emailing the obituary. 

GFDA sends funeral service related Obituary Notices via a GFDA Alerts.  We encourage you to add gfdaalert@gfda.org to your address book to ensure receipt of these notices.

Our Facebook page is public and we post about our events, association news, obituary notices, regulatory reminders, and more. We encourage you to like our page. Remember, you can tag GFDA by using @GeorgiaFuneralDirectorsAssociation.


GROUPAHEAD Is Closing
The GFDA App has been discontinued

The company that hosts the GFDA app is ceasing business; therefore, our app closed Monday, December 23, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to you. GFDA is currently exploring other opportunities in this area. 

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ATTENTION GFDA MEMBERS

One of the many benefits of being a GFDA Member is you may purchase music and webcasting licenses through NFDA. We are the only NFDA state affiliate association in Georgia and encourage you to take advantage of this member benefit today!


Webcasting and Music Licenses
GFDA Members may purchase these through NFDA

During these challenging times, when federal, state and local guidance and/or mandates are limiting the size of visitations and funerals, webcasting or livestreaming a funeral can be an excellent way for those who cannot be physically present at a service to still partake in the event.  

NFDA offers a webcasting license that covers the copyrighted music in the ASCAP, BMI and SESAC catalogs. It covers services broadcast via funeral webcasting software, as well as other livestreaming platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Zoom, Vimeo and Skype.

If you do not currently have a NFDA funeral webcasting license, click here for more information and to purchase one

List of Webcasting Businesses - Note: NFDA does not endorse these companies. This list is simply being provided for the convenience of funeral professionals.  

NFDA offers sample legal forms that give authorization for funeral homes to webcast funeral services and direction to record funeral services.

Update: Facebook Muting Issues During Live Streaming of Funerals

NFDA has been notified of the “muting” problem that funeral homes are experiencing when streaming funerals over Facebook. We have been in contact with a BMI representative who explains that several years ago Facebook entered into agreements with song producers to resolve copyright infringement claims. These agreements require Facebook to mute streamings that are broadcast over the Facebook platform if the streaming includes music belonging to the songwriters. He further explained that BMI, ASCAP and SESAC are not parties to these agreements and have no way to modify them. In addition, Facebook cannot modify them unilaterally. So, unfortunately, there is no way to solve the muting problems with Facebook.

As an alternative, the BMI representative strongly recommends that funeral homes use a specific funeral webcasting software platform or Zoom, Vimeo or Skype to stream funeral services over the internet. These platforms are not parties to the same type of music copyright infringements agreements that shackle Facebook. Your funeral home still needs a webcasting license from NFDA to stream funeral services that contain music. But, with using these services, the music will not be muted out as some funeral homes have experienced with Facebook.

Georgia Board of Funeral Service

LICENSING NEWS: The deadline for renewal for all license types was March 31, 2020. If you did not complete your renewal by the April 30th late renewal deadline your license is now lapsed and you will need to reinstate your license. Applications for reinstatement can be found under the "Application/Form Downloads" tab of the Georgia Board of Funeral Service website, HERE.

Have you confirmed your license renewal? What is the current status of your license? Please use the online "Licensure Search" feature to confirm that your renewal was completed. Be sure to check the current status and the license expiration date. If the information does not reflect that your license is "Active" with an expiration date of 3/31/2022 then your renewal has not been completed.

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Georgia Department of Public Health

Georgia Department of Public Health - Office of Vital Records - Vital Connections Newsletter may be found HERE

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NFDA News

Congratulations to Bryant Hightower

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Bryant Hightower is a GFDA Past President and was installed as NFDA's 2019-2020 President. We congratulate him on his accomplishments and look forward to his serving in this role with NFDA in the coming year. 

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More NFDA News may be found HERE

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