The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE) serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. ABFSE is the sole accrediting agency recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation in this field.
The mission of the Children's Grief Education Association is to provide grief education and support to bereaved children, their families and professionals in schools and community organizations through local, national and international outreach and training.
Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America is an International organization of over 1500 members, composed of cemeterians, cremationists, funeral directors, industry suppliers and consultants.
FIAT-IFTA developed this website to improve communication between funeral professionals worldwide. This website offers information about the association, its members, exhibitions, suppliers and other interesting items.
FEO's mission is to promote ethical dealings in all death-related transactions by working for better understanding of ethical issues among funeral, cemetery, memorial industry practitioners, law enforcement, organ procurement organizations, and state agencies, as well as better understanding between these and the general public.
-- Funeral service industry's charitable foundation. Supports scholarships, consumer assistance programs, research, education and the Howard C. Raether Library, a premier research library about funeral service through the ages.
The International Cemetery and Funeral Association (ICCFA), was founded in 1887 as the American Cemetery Association. The organization was created by cemetery owners and managers whose goal was to improve the appearance and operations of their properties. ICCFA is composed of more than 7,500 cemeteries, funeral homes, memorial designers, crematories and related businesses worldwide.
The International Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB or "The Conference") is a not-for-profit voluntary association providing examination services, information and regulatory support to funeral service licensing boards and educators, legislators and other regulatory agencies, and the public at large in various states, districts, provinces, jurisdictions and internationally.
The Center for Grief provides a unique and critical service to the greater St. Paul and Minneapolis area and outlying regions of Minnesota. In operation since January, 1996, the Center for Grief has responded to the harsh reality of traumatic loss from homicide, suicide, accidental death, and multiple family losses.
The mission of The Compassionate Friends is to assist families toward the positive resolution of grief following the death of a child of any age and to provide information to help others be supportive.
The Compassionate Friends is a national nonprofit, self-help support organization that offers friendship, understanding, and hope to bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings. There is no religious affiliation and there are no membership dues or fees.
The Dougy Center provides a safe place for children, teens, young adults and their families who are grieving a death to share their experiences. They do this through peer support groups, education, and training.
Purpose is to:
benefit widows of members of all branches of the uniformed services of the United States by
giving moral support, advice, referral service and, in general, help the widows of career military members to return to the main stream of normal living.
Established in 1995, it is the first online information and self-help resource for, and by, widows and widowers. Topics covered include grief, bereavement, recovery, and other information helpful to people, of all ages, religious backgrounds and sexual orientations, who have suffered the death of a spouse or life partner.
The following Cremation Guidelines have been published by the International, Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association to voluntarily foster professional standards of care and consideration by our members. These Guidelines supplement and complement cremation-related materials previously published by the ICCFA including "Recommended Procedures for Handling Human Remains for Cremation," two "Model Guidelines for State Laws and Regulations," "Due Diligence for Funeral Homes Utilizing Third-Party Crematories," and "Model Contracts for Funeral Homes and Cemeteries for Dealing with Third-Party Crematories."
The Internet Cremation Society was started in 1994 by a funeral director and cremation society owner in New Hampshire. The Internet Cremation Society has grown to become the largest collection of on-line cremation resources available. The site has evolved to become the only cremation web portal on the Internet.
he Museum of Funeral Customs collects, preserves and interprets funeral objects that exemplify the development of multicultural mourning customs and funeral practices and their effect on a global society. To accomplish its mission, the Museum presents fixed and traveling exhibitions; offers educational programming for audiences of all ages; maintains a library and archives; conducts tours; facilitates research; publishes related materials; and maintains a website.
-- The Champion Expanding Encyclopedia of Mortuary Practices is published and disseminated by the Champion Company to the embalming/funeral service profession and related professions. Current installments are available on the Web as pdf files.
This manual will be useful during the immediate response to a disaster and where forensic response is unavailable. Furthermore, it will be useful for those preparing mass fatality disaster plans. The recommendations are relevant for local, regional and national authorities as well as for non-governmental organizations. The principles outlined in this document are being implemented and promoted by a variety of organizations, including the Pan American Health Organization, the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The Pan American Health Organization invited a broad range of experts to compile this manual, which analyzes the role of the State in coordinating and carrying out the processes of managing dead bodies, which, along with the assistance provided to disaster survivors and the maintenance of basic services, is a fundamental part of disaster response.
An interactive open forum website hosted by James H. Bedino, our [Champion's] Embalmer/Chemist, with discussion and commentary concerning modern embalming topics, techniques and problems facing modern embalmers.
Students at the Nieman Enhanced Learning Center have received a grant from the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation. The funded project, called CSI: Cemetery Scene Investigations, invites students to look at cemeteries as primary sources needing to be preserved.
The Cemetery Scene Investigation team will provide an in depth analysis of one or more local cemeteries, including cemeteries in Fairway Kansas, Shawnee Kansas, Overland Park, Kansas and Gardner, Kansas. Scientific measurement tools and technically advanced equipment will be utilized to conduct a comprehensive study of the history and science involved in the aging of the cemetery.
An interactive ThinkQuest site that explores why people die and how people in various cultures deal with the process and aftermath. Covers the biological process, the psychology, social implications and cultural aspects.
This online exhibition by the Australian Museum looks at what happens to us after we die; how different cultures dispose of, mourn and remember their dead and takes a remarkable journey through how death has been dealt with through the ages.
From 1994 to 2003, the Project on Death in America (PDIA) worked to understand and transform the culture and experience of dying and bereavement. Over the course of nine years, PDIA created funding initiatives in professional and public education, the arts, research, clinical care, and public policy. PDIA and its grantees have helped build and shape this important and growing field, and have helped place improved care for the dying on the public agenda.
Although PDIA is no longer making grants, the Open Society Institute's International Palliative Care Inititiative will continue its work in Central and Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, and South Africa. Part of the OSI Public Health Program, these international initiatives exemplify the Open Society Institute's continued committment to advocate for palliative care as a public health issue. These global issues are an important part of the legacy of the Project on Death in America.
-- This meta-index of death & dying resources includes the following topics: cross-cultural issues; death in the arts and humanities; types of death; life after death; obituaries; memorials; religion; politics; euthanasia and physician assisted suicide; animal rights; grief; funeral customs and planning. It is complied and maintained by Michael C. Kearl, Trinity University.
The Museum of Funeral Customs provides the public with a deeper understanding of the history of American funeral and mourning customs, funerary art and practice; fosters an appreciation of history within the funeral profession; and encourages further study on the subject.
Located in Springfield, IL. Includes virtual museum tour and historical resources
Handbook contains instructions for funeral directors for completing and filing records of death and fetal death. These instructions pertain to the 2003 revisions of the U.S. Standard Certificate of Death and the U.S. Standard Report of Fetal Death and the 1992 revision of the Model State Vital Statistics Act and Regulations. From the Centers for Disease Control. National Center for Health Statistics.
-- Aimed at professionals in the funeral service industry, the Federal Trade Commission defines who in the funeral service profession must follow the Funeral Rule, which was created to protect the interests of consumers needing funeral services or goods.
"...the first to show all leading causes of death by race and sex for small U.S. geographic areas referred to as Health Service Areas (HSA's). The 18 causes of death included in this atlas account for 83 percent of all deaths in the United States during 1988-92."
Produced by the National Center for Health Statistics.
"...provides interactive maps, graphs (which are accessible to the blind and visually-impaired), text, tables and figures showing geographic patterns and time trends of cancer death rates for the time period 1950-1994 for more than 40 cancers."
The SSDI contains more than 80 million records of death benefits beneficiaries. Information in each record includes the following information: first and last name and middle initial of the deceased; dates of birth and death; Social Security number and last residence of the decease.
Minnesota Public Radio Series by Nikki Tundel, May 2007.
Throughout history, civilizations have developed ways to deal with and honor the dead. From embalming to cremation, funeral services to burial ceremonies, the rituals of death tell us a lot about the living. What do our customs say about our society? And how do our practices shape the way we view our final fate?
How embalming changed death
The art of death
Death: have it your way
Death gets personal
Sleep with the fishes-- and other options for your loved ones
By Chris Polydoroff
Article Last Updated: 10/30/2008 10:33:00 AM CDT
The mortuary science program at the University of Minnesota will celebrate its centennial Saturday. It was the first program of its kind to be established at a state university.
Sixty-two percent of this fall's incoming class are women, a trend reflected nationally since about the year 2000.
"We've accepted donations of 29,000 individuals," said Angela McArthur, assistant director of the Anatomy Bequest Program and an instructor in the embalming lab. After donated bodies are embalmed by mortuary science students in their lab, medical students and others use them in their anatomy education.
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MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.
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