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May 2019 Reporter

May 2019

Dear Members,


Notice of the PFDA Annual Meeting

We invite you to attend PFDA's 2019 Annual Meeting and House of Delegates Meeting which will be held at the annual convention on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Pocono Manor, PA. This meeting is for PFDA members.

At the meeting, members will vote on the following matters: the election of officers for 2019-2020 and the election of candidates nominated by their Local Associations for the position of District Governor. If you have any questions, please call the PFDA office at 800-692-6068.

(1) Election of the following slate of officers for 2019-2020:

For the Position of President:
David V. Peake, Jr., Craft Funeral Home, Inc.

For the Position of President-Elect:
Frank Kapr, Frank Kapr Funeral Home, Inc.

For the Position of Secretary/Treasurer:
Bruce Parthemore, Parthemore Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Inc.

(2) Election of candidates nominated by their Local Association District Governor:

District 6
Steven R. Kreamer, Kreamer Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.

District 7
James N. Rigby, III, J. Nelson Rigby Funeral Home, Inc.

PFDA Annual Convention and Expo Save The Date!!!!

The 2019 PFDA Annual Convention and Expo will be held June 2-5, 2019 at Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, Pocono Manor, PA. There will be 7 credits of continuing education offered at convention. You can find additional information at http://www.pfda.org. Hotel rooms can be booked now. To book online go to: https://staypa.kalahariresorts.com/pennsylvania#groupSignIn and use the Group Booking ID – 2698 when you are prompted and follow the on-screen instructions or call 1-877-KALAHARI (525-2427).

The Service of Remembrance during the PFDA Annual Convention, will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at 10:15am. The annual Service Awards Ceremony during the PFDA Annual Convention, will be held on Tuesday, June 4th at 9:30am.

2019 District Meetings – Save the Date

PFDA's Annual District Meetings will be held during the weeks of September 9-12 and September 16-19, 2019. The continuing education seminars will be: The Secret of Great Business Partnerships presented by George Foley for 1 CEU (pending approval) and Million Dollar Mistakes: Working Backward to Minimize the Risks of Mortuary Litigation presented by Emily Ann Albrecht for 2 CEUs (pending approval).


Formaldehyde to be Reviewed by EPA in Toxic Substance Study

One of the 40 chemicals published on a list by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin the prioritization process is Formaldehyde. This new process is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

Formaldehyde is one of the chemicals that has been identified for high-priority evaluation. Once the prioritization process is complete, the "high priority" chemicals will begin a three-year risk evaluation process to determine if the chemicals, as they are currently used, present an unreasonable risk to the environment and human health.

Source: Memorial Business Journal, March 28, 2019

NFDA Board Member Resigns

Pasquale Folino has resigned from the NFDA Board of Directors, effective immediately. Pasquale has served on the Board of Directors since 2017 when he was elected to the position of at-large representative.

Pasquale's term would have been completed in October 2019 and the Board of Directors has decided it will not hold a special election to fill the uncompleted term. The Board will wait for the two new at-large representatives to be elected in July by the NFDA Policy Board. Those two new members of the Board will begin their terms of service immediately following the 2019 NFDA International Convention & Expo in Chicago.

Source: NFDA Bulletin, April 8, 2019


Excess Funds for Decedent Collecting Medicaid

Many times, the families of deceased individuals do not want to open an estate because there are few to no assets other than excess funds from a funeral. If the decedent was collecting Medicaid, funeral directors should send excess funds directly to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services at the following address: DHS Estate Recovery Program, P.O. Box 8486, Harrisburg, PA, 17105-8486.

Source: Kathleen Ryan, Esquire, PFDA Executive Director

EDRS Phase 2 Implementation

The Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) announced the start of Phase 2 of the Electronic Death Registration System (EDRS), which will focus on the onboarding of medical facilities and medical certifiers. The DOH is asking current EDRS users to reach out to medical certifiers that you work with and inform them of EDRS and its benefits.

For more information, go to http://www.pfda.org/_files/live/EDRS_Phase_2_41819.pdf.

Source: State Registrar Notice 2019-08, April 17, 2019

IUP/PA OSHA Consultation Summary of Services

Pennsylvania Funeral Homes seeking assistance in recognizing and correcting safety and health hazards and improving their safety and health programs can request free consultation services provided by the PA OSHA Consultation Program. This program, which is administered by faculty members from the Department of Safety Sciences at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, is largely funded by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The service, which is primarily targeted for smaller businesses in higher-hazard industries or with especially hazardous operations, is conducted primarily at the employer's work site.

The safety and health consultation program is completely separate from OSHA's inspection effort. No citations are issued, nor are penalties proposed. The employer's name, firm, information about the workplace, and any unsafe or unhealthful work conditions that the consultant identifies will not normally be reported to OSHA enforcement.

Consultation is a cooperative approach to solving safety and health problems in the workplace. Since it is a voluntary activity, the employer must request the service by submitting an online request at https://iup.edu/pa-oshaconsultation/. Employers who request on-site consultation services must make a commitment, prior to the consultant's visit, to correct all identified "imminent danger" and "serious" job safety and health hazards in a timely manner.

Employers who request service through the Consultation Program receive several benefits, many of which are summarized below. Specifically, employers can: Obtain high-quality safety and industrial hygiene services, on-site, for free; Eliminate workplace hazards and achieve compliance with OSHA standards; Avoid OSHA citations and penalties; Strengthen their safety and health programs; Reduce workplace injuries and illnesses; Reduce workers' compensation costs; and Qualify for deferral or exemption from programmed OSHA inspections.
The free services provided by the PA/OSHA Consultation Program include: Industrial hygiene sampling; Safety surveys; Program evaluations; Inspection deferrals; Correction assistance; On-site training; SHARP program; and Off-site technical assistance.

See the how the process works: https://iup.edu/pa-oshaconsultation/overview/.

Source: David M. Yanoschick, Jr., CSP, SHARP Outreach Coordinator, PA OSHA Consultation Program

Pennsylvania State Board of Funeral Directors Board Meeting

The next State Board of Funeral Directors meeting will be June 14th, 2019. All meetings are held at the PA Department of State, 2601 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110, unless otherwise noted. The public session meeting starts at 10:30am. Agendas for each meeting can be found at https://www.dos.pa.gov/ProfessionalLicensing/BoardsCommissions/FuneralDirectors/Pages/General-Board-Information.aspx.


How to Become a Social Media Pro

More and more funeral homes today are discovering the benefits of social media marketing. The problem is, most funeral home staff are either too busy to keep up with it or not sure about how to do social media "the right way." Mitchell jumped into the world of social media marketing two years ago after beginning his career as a web developer with an emphasis on search engine optimization. His new job was to expand our company's social media marketing and lead generation programs because initial efforts into offering services in these areas were exploding. To learn Mitchell's 4 tips on how to become a social media pro, go to bit.ly/socialmediapro_mclean.

Source: Mitchell McLean, Director of Digital Marketing, Funeral Directors Life


Planning Tool Helps Guide Disaster Preparation and Recovery Strategies

The skies are clear. The river is at its normal level. Authorities are reporting a low risk of wildfire. Fault lines have been quiet. It's tempting to operate your business as if this will always be the case. But what will you do when disaster strikes? Ask any business owner who has been through a disaster -— thorough preparation makes all the difference.

Federated Mutual Insurance Company® offers the resources you need to prepare your business for a disaster with the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) Open for Business-EZ® program. The program, available online or in print, guides business owners through the process of developing a plan to help keep a business profitable after a disaster. They have a toolkit, which contains documents to record information about the major areas of your business, including basic operations, equipment, employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, finances, and information technology. To access the toolkit, log on to FederatedInsurance.com and click on "IBHS – Disaster Planning".

The site www.disastersafety.org, is also great for employees of the business to learn how to prepare for disasters. For more information on OFB-EZ® and the library of other risk management resources Federated Insurance® offers, contact your local Federated marketing representative.

Source: Federated Insurance News Release, April 2, 2019

Passare® Announces New Credit Card Processing Feature

Passare, Inc. is proud to announce the release of a credit card processing feature within its case management software, which allows for payments to be processed anytime, anywhere, using any device. The credit card processing feature also reduces data entry and ties directly into reports and accounting exports to create a seamless process for the funeral home. "Our goal is to create an all-in-one system that makes your job as a funeral director easier," said Jay Thomas, CEO of Passare. "This feature frees your funeral home from the need to maintain hardware and allows you to accept payments anywhere, anytime. It's a win-win for funeral homes."

To learn more about Passare's collaboration software with integrated case management, visit us online at www.passare.com.

Source: Passare News Release, April 1, 2019

Passare® to Partner with The Domani Group

Passare, Inc. is excited to announce that the company is partnering with The Domani Group (www.thedomanigroup.com) to bring mutual customers a streamlined process for automatically enrolling families served into the Domanicare service, a text messaging-based aftercare program.

Mutual clients of Passare and Domani will be able to have an automated report set up that sends contact information for family and friends on archived cases to Domani to be enrolled for follow-up through Domani's text messaging service.

Source: Passare News Release, April 16, 2019

Funeral Directors Life Announces New FDTV Video Series

Funeral Directors Life Insurance Company is proud to announce the release of a video series that is designed to help funeral professionals grow, succeed, and connect with today's changing funeral consumers.

The series features interviews with company executives, subject matter experts, and industry professionals on a variety of topics of interest to funeral professionals.

The first three episodes in the series have been released on www.funeraldirectorslife.com/blog/media with more to be released in the near future. To receive notifications as new episodes are released, subscribe to Funeral Directors Life's YouTube Channel and click on the bell to be sure you never miss a new episode.

Source: Funeral Directors Life, News Release, April 17, 2019

Reminder – Direct Deposit Available for SecurChoice Trust Withdrawals!

More than 100 funeral homes are currently using Direct Deposit for their SecurChoice withdrawals! Direct Deposit is available to SecurChoice Trust participants withdrawing preneed monies invested in the SecurChoice Annuity or Mutual Funds.

What's Direct Deposit? Direct Deposit is the electronic transfer of your preneed funds directly into your bank account. The process is a convenient and secure way to receive preneed funds paid out after a withdrawal is submitted. Like paper records? We've got you covered – participants receive a hard-copy letter for recordkeeping.

Why sign up for Direct Deposit?

• Convenience – Receive funds directly into your checking account.
• Time – Save time by not having to go to the bank.
• Security – Eliminate the risk of lost, stolen, or misplaced checks.
• Free – Enjoy the benefits of the service at no cost.

Enroll today by contacting Ruth Carrera or Teri Morgan at 800-692-6068 or by email at: ruth@pfda.org | teri@pfda.org


PFDA Office Closed

The PFDA office will be closed on Monday, May 27th, 2019 in observance of Memorial Day and will reopen on Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.


Henry O. Ziegler, 82, of Zelienople, died on March 9, 2019. He was a PA Licensed Funeral Director. Henry was the previous owner of Ziegler Funeral Home and worked at A. Carl Kinsey-Ronald N. Volz Funeral Home, Zelienople.

Andrew "Andy" Mamary, 91, of Sarasota, Florida, died on April 15, 2019. He was a PA Licensed Funeral Director, Past President of PFDA, and previous owner of Mamary-Durkin Funeral Service, Inc., Wilkes Barre. Andy is survived by his son, Andrew Mamary, a PA Licensed Funeral Director and owner of the family business.

May 2019 Reporter

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