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2024 Convention Schedule Announced!

2024 Convention Schedule Announced!

Join us for the most impactful and dynamic event of the year – the AFDA 2024 Convention! We're thrilled to announce that the schedule of events has been unveiled, promising a rich time of inspiration, knowledge, and networking opportunities. Prepare to be inspired,...

2024 Convention Schedule Announced!

Join us for the most impactful and dynamic event of the year – the AFDA 2024 Convention! We're thrilled to announce that the schedule of events has been unveiled, promising a rich time of inspiration, knowledge, and...

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Selected Leadership Academy Celebrates Graduating Class

2021-2023 Graduating Class Honored as New Participants Welcomed CHICAGO, Ill. – May 10, 2023 — Members of Selected Independent Funeral Homes’ Leadership Academy created another memorable Leadership Conference in Chicago, April 25-28. The event kicked off with...

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SFLIC Announces 62th Anniversary

SFLIC completes its 62nd year of conducting business with a portfolio of final expense whole life and preneed insurance and service designed exclusively for the funeral profession. SFLIC-62nd-year-announcement-to-AFDA-10-2022Download

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IMPORTANT AFDA Board Statement

AFDA spokesperson Chad Gallagher released the following statement from the board regarding today’s disturbing news story about human remains: “The Arkansas Funeral Directors Association is horrified to learn of human body parts being brokered and sold, most assuredly...

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AFDA Convention Feedback

We were so glad to see those of you who were able to attend the AFDA Convention at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort. The strength and value of an association like ours is in the members coming together and working as one. Events like our convention and annual banquet...

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Arkansas Funeral Directors meet for Annual Convention

Hot Springs, Arkansas -- This past weekend the Arkansas Funeral Directors Association held its annual convention at The Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Covid pandemic had prevented the last two annual conventions from taking place, and so it...

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AFDA Convention is Back!

Registration is now open for our 2022 Annual AFDA Convention to be held at Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort in Hot Springs, Arkansas, on April 29. You may register online (click here) or use the attached form and mail to AFDA, 523 South Louisiana Street, Suite 222, Little...

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AFDA Convention 2022

The AFDA Convention is back!Save the Date for Friday, April 29, 2022 at Oaklawn Resort, Hot Springs for a full day of events, networking opportunities, and our annual Awards Banquet.Keep your eyes peeled for more information over the coming weeks.

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Selected Names New Board Member

Selected Independent Funeral Homes is pleased to announce that John E. Keohane, Co-President of Keohane Funeral Home in Quincy, MA has joined the Board of Directors as the Group 1 representative. Read Full Press Release:...

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Body Broker Bill Introduced in Congress

When a family chooses to donate a loved one’s body for education or research, they do so with the hope that they will help others. Regrettably, many are unknowingly contributing to a for-profit industry in which the body of their loved one could be traded as raw...

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Requesting Military Honors

We are writing to you on behalf of the Casualty Assistance Center of the Arkansas National Guard to inform you that the Arkansas Army National Guard will be deployed from 10 July 2021 thru 10 August 2021 and the Oklahoma National Guard deploys 9 July 2021 thru 10...

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Arkansas Governor’s Quality Award

The Governor’s Quality Award Program was developed to provide opportunities for all organizations in the state to measure their progress in the journey of performance excellence. The Award is used by all types of businesses and organizations interested in improving...

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Leadership Arkansas Program

Leadership Arkansas is a unique program designed to take a comprehensive view of the economic and political challenges that face this State. Applications are now open for Class XVI of the program until August 6. It is grounded in the belief that by bringing diverse...

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Selected Educational Trust Announces Inaugural Event

Selected Educational Trust AnnouncesInaugural Event: Ambassador of the Year Awards ProgramSponsored by Physicians MutualTrust Honors Two Outstanding Funeral Service Professionals LINCOLNSHIRE, IL — June 16, 2021 — For forty years, the Selected Educational Trust has...

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Welcome to New AFDA President & Board

The Arkansas Funeral Directors Association installed Scott Berna of Fayetteville as its new president. Berna was installed as AFDA president during an association board of directors meeting in Little Rock last month. AFDA Board takes oath of office Berna had...

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New AFDA President Installed

After an extended two-year term as president of AFDA, Kenny Culpepper passed the gavel onto his successor, Scott Berna. The COVID pandemic, amidst great local and international turmoil, meant that the AFDA Executive Board remained unchanged last year. After a...

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Emerging Leaders Program – applications now open!

The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) is launching the National Emerging Leaders Program today to help funeral service professionals develop leadership skills that will serve them well in any setting they may find themselves – their funeral home, their...

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NFDA Launches Emerging Leaders Program

Get the skills you need to drive change in your business, participate in state and national associations and inspire others in your community. In this new program from NFDA, all funeral service professionals are invited to participate in the National Emerging Leaders...

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Mask Mandate lifted in Arkansas

On Tuesday, March 30, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced the immediate lifting of the statewide mandate to wear masks. As a result, it is no longer required for masks to be worn in public spaces. The decision to require masks to be worn can still be made by funeral...

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Arkansas COVID-19 Vaccine availability

Additionally, it was announced today that all Arkansans aged 16 and over are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Hutchinson encouraged all adults who have not yet received the vaccine to sign up to receive it, as this is the pathway for us out of the...

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Arkansas Public Health Guidelines

On Friday, February 26, 2021, Governor Hutchinson announced that, with the exception of mask wearing, the Public Health Directives regarding COVID-19 have been downgraded to guidelines. Masks must be worn in all public indoor spaces where social distancing of six feet...

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Exclusive Small Business PPP Application Period

The SBA has established a 14-day, exclusive PPP loan application period for businesses and non-profits with fewer than 20 employees. The 14-day exclusivity period started on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 9 a.m. and will end on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, while the other...

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Selected Educational Trust Announces Scholarship Winners

The Board of Trustees of the Selected Educational Trust is proud to announce the recipients of the Selected Educational Trust 2020 Fall Cycle Second-Career Scholarship Program sponsored by Ring Ring Marketing. And the winners are: Melissa Ann Taylor Josie Toller...

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Guidance on Arkansas Vaccinations

The following documents provide clarified guidance on the vaccination process in Arkansas and across the US.The CIWA document lists the different groups included in the various Phases being used for the vaccination distribution. P.3 states that it is intended to be...

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PPP Loan & Ready For Business Grant Repayment

If you received either a PPP loan or funds from the Ready for Business program, then you will want to be aware of the forgiveness and eligibility terms. Read more below. Forgiveness for the PPP Loan can be applied for before the loan matures. This is either a 2- or...

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Urgent Warning on Counterfeit Respirators

Due to shortages of N95 respirators, the FDA approved the use of KN95 and other alternative respirators. However, officials have discovered that counterfeit respirators have flooded the marketplace. Additionally, some respirators that were pulled for random testing...

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Messenger Releases New Solutions Guide

Messenger has announced the release of its new Solutions Guide: Inspire, Engage, Grow. The 48-page guide showcases on-trend products and service solutions to help funeral professionals better serve the changing needs of today’s families....

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Arkansas’ Lost Innocent Ones of 2020

Though their time on this earth was brief, their lives were meaningful, their memories are cherished, and their impact will last a lifetime. While they cannot stand beside us to share their stories, we will be their voices to raise awareness, provide support, and...

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SFLIC Announces 60th Anniversary

SFLIC achieves its 60th year of conducting business with a portfolio of final expense whole life and preneed insurance and service designed exclusively for the funeral profession. Read more below! SFLIC-Press-Release-60th-Ann.-to-ARDownload

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Last Responders Survey

As Last Responders, fatalities management workers are often the invisible faces of COVID-19. To date, there has been very little research to understand the consequences of COVID-19 on these workers. A team at the University of Iowa has written a research study to...

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Statewide Mask Mandate

Governor Hutchinson today ordered a state-wide mandate for face coverings, beginning on Monday, July 20th, in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, and in conjunction with healthcare experts. Masks covering the mouth and nose...

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PPE Catalog – AFDA Members

AFDA has been able to secure the following PPE for our members at the exclusive prices below. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please get in touch with us by email at [email protected], detailing the items and volumes that you require. There is no...

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COVID-19 Resources

Updated May 29th A liability waiver for families to sign (Updated May 29th) Public Health & Safety Notice - May 20th, 2020 Public Sign for Public Gatherings in Arkansas (Updated May 14th) Public Sign for Large Public Gatherings in Arkansas (Updated May 14th) COVID...

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PPP Information & Application

The Small Business Administration is accepting Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan applications from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. You can apply through any existing SBA 7(a) lender or through any federally insured depository institution,...

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Department of Health Directives for Large Venues

Based on available scientific evidence, the Arkansas Department of Health has deemed it necessary and appropriate to take the following further action to ensure that COVID-19 remains controlled and that residents and visitors in Arkansas remain safe. Please read the...

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Selected Educational Trust Updates – May/June 2020

In this Funeral Home + Cemetery Management issue the focus is on members who manage combination funeral home and cemetery operations. Read about innovations and strategies from members, efforts to assist members through the COVID-19 pandemic and why this crisis is an...

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Update from Governor on Funeral Services

Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on Monday May 4th that funerals will be permitted to take place in indoor venues with fewer than 50 people in attendance beginning on May 18th. $40m of new funding has been made available for Arkansas businesses to prepare for...

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CDC Guidance on Death Certificates

The CDC has offered guidance for completing a death certificate of a COVID-19 death. You may download it here: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvss/vsrg/vsrg03-508.pdf On April 16, 2020, the CDC hosted a webinar on completing the death certificate for COVID-19 deaths....

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