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EDRS/VIP and Social Security Report of Death
Question & Answer. Do you have families that are reporting their deceased loved one has continued to receive Social Security Benefits? ï¿½Click here to find out why.
If you have received a letter from the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Funeral Directors and Embalmers regarding the expiration and renewal of your apprentice registration and need guidance, we ask that you please call the office at 781.335.2031.
Apprentice Registration Update
FAMIC Study: Most See Value in Funerals and Memorial ServicesA recent Harris poll conducted on behalf of the Funeral and Memorial Information Council (FAMIC) found that a majority of Americans believe funerals and memorial services are a valuable and important part of healing after the death of a loved one and that funeral professionals can help them meaningfully honor a life. More on the study can be read by .
EDRS Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) updated Informant signature requirements
Effective August 1, 2015, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) has new requirements for the Death Certificate Informant Verification and Signature Form. ï¿½The form must be now signed by the informatant. ï¿½Click here to view the OCME's procedure.ï¿½ï¿½
EDRS Alternate Signatures Policy Update
The medical community has expressed the need to change some of EDRS policies and forms regarding medical certification and the Registry had sought comments on the policy changes. To view the updated policy
Your Local Funeral Director: Part of Your Community Team
Thereï¿½s nothing like four major snowstorms in three weeks to showcase the professionalism and dedication of funeral service professionals. Throughout some of the most challenging weeks the Commonwealth has seen in generations, MFDA members remain actively committed to serving their communities.ï¿½
The unprecedented snow is one more hardship affecting families as they try to gather to say farewell to their loved ones, and funeral professionals are working hard to provide services with as little disruption and delay as possible to meet the emotional, spiritual and cultural needs of their communities.ï¿½
As with many businesses, the recent weather is also taking its toll the operational side of funeral service, impacting facilities physically and financially, with the added burden of plowing, removing ice dams and other issues. Funeral home staff is working around the clock to ensure operations run smoothly, and their efforts, while not always acknowledged publicly, are greatly appreciated nonetheless.
Remains Held At Funeral Home Due To Delayed IntermentWith the weather impacting burials in the region, we've had many questions how this is reflected in the new electronic death record system.ï¿½ï¿½to see the procedure.
MFDAï¿½s 2014 Year In Reviewto see your annual Year in Review.
Important: OCMEï¿½s Family & Friends Letter Changing.Effective soon, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will be modifying its Family and Friends Letter to notify recipients when specific organ(s)/tissue have been retained by that office for further study.ï¿½ï¿½for complete article.
Outreach Kit Available Aimed At Helping Children With Griefï¿½A free resource kit ï¿½ ï¿½Talk, Listen, Connect: When Families Grieveï¿½ ï¿½ is available in conjunction with Sesame Workshop to help with the challenge of explaining a death in the family to children.ï¿½ï¿½for details.
Updated Employment Posters Are Available For Free On-Line.ï¿½ï¿½for details on how to download yours for free today.
Do You Have A Question About Amending An Address On An Electronic Death Certificate?ï¿½ï¿½for the answer.
Owners Must Notify State Board When Type 6 FD's Are Hired and When They LeaveFuneral home owners are required to report certain personnel moves to the State Board of Registration of Funeral Directing and Embalming.ï¿½ï¿½to see how.