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Archive August 2023

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News You Can Use: August 30, 2023

This week we reminded members that the popular membership development series Building a Better Business Sessions with return this fall with the program “Will New Forms of Disposition Be Part of Your Business?” Also in this issue, we highlighted the recently launched MassReconnect program, which allows for free community college education (including funeral service programs) for those who meet its qualifications; highlighted a blood drive held by the Manuel Rogers Funeral Home as an example of the community involvement of funeral directors and their staff; reminded members about the 2023 Professional Embalmers seminar on Nov. 16, and announced a small business health insurance seminar on Sept. 6.

 

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News You Can Use: August 23, 2023

This week we informed you about a letter the MFDA sent to Worcester Diocesan Cemetery System expressing serious concerns about burial delays. Also in this issue, we shared that C.R. Lyons and Sons Funeral Directors in Danvers and Miles Funeral Home in Holden earned 2023 Pursuit of Excellence Awards from NFDA; announced that Global Atlantic, a company holding preneed accounts, reported a security breach; announced that our Building a Better Business sessions would address new final disposition options; reminded members about the 2023 Professional Embalmers seminar on Nov. 16; and announced that the nonprofit Comfort Zone Camp offers free overnight weekend grief camps for families and children.

 

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News You Can Use: August 16, 2023

This week we shared important issues regarding obituaries that are published in newspapers and online. Also in this issue, we reminded members to sign up for our Appreciation Night if they or their business is celebrating an anniversary this year and announced that the Worcester Telegram has set holiday deadlines for the Labor Day Weekend.

 

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News You Can Use: August 9, 2023

This week we introduced the new president of the MFDA – Brian Folsom, Also in this issue, we reminded members to sign up for our Sept. 20 Appreciation Night, reminded members that the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s hours are changing, reminded members about the Sept. 14 OSHA online training session, reminded members that the VA has changed its casket and urn program for unclaimed remains of veterans, and informed members that pay transparency legislation could impose new obligations on some funeral establishments.

 

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News You Can Use: August 2, 2023

This week we announced that we recently sent a letter to the State Board in Embalming and Funeral Directing asking to allow funeral service school graduates to complete their licensing exams shortly after graduation rather than waiting until the completion of their two-year apprenticeship. Also in this issue, we reminded members that our new Advocacy Action Center is mobilized so you can advocate for two important bills that affect funeral service, reminded members about the Sept. 14 OSHA online training session, relayed that another scam attempt was reported by one of our members, congratulated Nicole Kamishlian of Northbridge as a recipient of our 2023 Massachusetts Funeral Directors Association Presidents' Award, announced that the funeral service program at Goodwin University has scheduled a virtual information session for August 9, announced that Fort Devens Post Cemetery will soon close for first burials, and reported an assortment of news about members who were active in the community.

 

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