2022-2023 IFDF Membership Renewal Campaign Has Begun!
The 2022-2023 IFDF Membership Renewal Campaign Has Begun!
Why Renew Your IFDF Membership? Watch this video!
The Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (IFDF) is the only association with a strong voice, valuable resources, and three decades of advocating for independently owned funeral, crematory, and cemetery firms and funeral service professionals in Florida. The IFDF is the largest independent funeral association in the U.S.
The IFDF provides support for “Families Serving Families.” With more than 300 member rooftops-from Pensacola to Key Largo-IFDF works tirelessly to support independent businesses, their employees and the families they serve.
The 2022-2023 IFDF membership year begins on September 1, 2022 and ends on August 31, 2023. Now is the time to renew your firm, affiliate, or individual membership before your membership expires on August 31, 2022 by clicking on the link below or by calling our office at (850) 222-0198:
There are many reasons to renew your membership. Read what some of our members are saying:
"I renewed my IFDF membership as a matter of professional development. With so many opportunities to earn continuing education credit, the 'Straight Talk' series alone pays for itself. The conference and regional dinners have given me introductions to many vendors and funeral directors. Those relationships have helped me elevate my practice."
- William Turner Heath, Licensed Funeral Director & Death Doula, Calling Hours
"As a supplier, I joined as an affiliate member because I can benefit from what the association offers to firm members. For instance, I found the 'Straight Talk' webinars educational and interesting. The association made it easy for me to renew my license."
- Peter McBride, Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc./Pierce Chemical
"I joined the IFDF to help support my firm and other independent funeral homes. IFDF helps my firm and employees with the 'Straight Talk' webinar series. IFDF supports legislation and regulation that benefits all independent funeral home operators. The association fosters camaraderie and support with other firms across the state of Florida."
- P. Cameron Naugle Jr., LFD & Owner, Naugle Funeral Home and Cremations
“During COVID, our association led the way by getting us a representative on the state emergency management team, relaxing rules by the state medical examiner so that we could expedite cremations and burials. The CFO, Surgeon General and the Governor’s office also recognized funeral personnel as essential workers.”
- Peter Martin, Owner, Bernardo Garcia Funeral Homes
By renewing your membership, you can continue receiving member benefits, such as:
- Quality networking events statewide for suppliers and members through regional dinner programs, leadership retreats, and record-breaking annual conferences
- Member discounts on event registration fees and discounted exhibit space at the trade show
- Professional development and continuing education courses
- Monthly CE webinars (“Straight Talks”) at no or minimal cost to members
- Legislative and funeral board lobbyist and attorney representation
- Weekly and quarterly publications as well as a listing in the statewide membership directory
- Affordable health coverage solutions plus a pharmacy solution for individuals, families, businesses, and employees
- Discount on OSHA-certified safety training
- Access to the job board on the website and in the weekly e-newsletter
The IFDF has been hard at work, accomplishing important results for our membership:
- Funeral-related establishments were unable to get PPE during the pandemic. The IFDF worked closely with state officials and other associations to develop a process wherein businesses under Chapter 497 could receive PPE through state suppliers.
- The IFDF successfully lobbied to change the number of funeral establishments that a LFD could oversee from 1 to 2, not more than 75 miles apart.
- The Association successfully lobbied the state legislature to kill a bill that would have allowed life insurance companies to refer their clients to a national funeral home company for free grief counseling, which would have excluded independent funeral homes.
- The IFDF successfully stopped a proposal which would have allowed a local hospice to open a funeral home within their operation. If passed, the hospice would have an unfair advantage in violation of rules that prevent at-need solicitation by funeral homes.
Renew your membership by August 31st to continue receiving these member benefits and more during the 2022-2023 membership year and to have your contact information included in the 2022-2023 IFDF Membership Directory.
We know that the IFDF is only strong because of you. There is strength in numbers. All of us at the IFDF appreciate your membership, input into issues facing the profession, participation in regional & state meetings, opening the weekly e-newsletter, Independent Weekly, every Friday morning, and reading the quarterly magazine, The Independent Reporter.