2023-2024 IFDF Membership Recruitment Campaign Has Begun

Posted By: Ruth Bedell, PhD, QAS News,

Why join the IFDF?

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The IFDF is the largest state association that exclusively represents independently owned and operated funeral homes, crematories, and cemeteries in the US. Our purpose is to Promote, Protect, & Preserve independent businesses, their employees and the families they serve.  Together, we are “Families Serving Families.”

Benefits of Membership:


The Independent Reporter Quarterly Magazine.

Nationally Recognized Independent Weekly e-Newsletter.

Monthly Straight Talk Webinars eligible for state-approved CE credit.

Professional development on demand through the new Independent Education Institute.

Networking opportunities at regional dinners (up to five a year).

Networking & professional development at annual conference & trade show.

Job board on the IFDF website and in the weekly e-newsletter.

Leadership opportunities on committees and board.

General Counsel services with representation before the 497 Division.

Affordable health coverage solutions through LIG Solutions for individuals, families, and businesses.

Listing in the statewide membership directory at no cost.

Lobbying and increased PAC activities.

For Firm Members

Succession Planning Program with vetted consultants.

Participate in the I-Trust, which provides the lowest cost, highest returns and most flexibility for preneed. (Open to both members and non-members.)

401(k) MEP Program through Argent Financial.

Partnered with Federated Insurance to provide affordable property, liability and workers compensation coverage.

Employment recruitment efforts with the four mortuary colleges.

Discounted OSHA compliance training and other safety from IFDF business partner Certified Safety Training (CST).

Get basic digital storefront with no onboarding fee, no monthly fee, and no obligations through IFDF eCommerce partner e-Funeral Partner.

For Affiliate (Supplier) Members

Discounted exhibitor booth registration fee at annual trade show.

One free digital ad in one issue of the weekly e-newsletter.

For Individual Members

Earn up to 6 CEUs at no cost with annual membership through professional development program (Straight Talks or Independent Education Institute).

For Student Members

Endowed Scholarship Foundation benefiting mortuary students.

Network with IFDF Student Liaison Coordinator.

Student Day at annual conference.

Earn Certificates of Attendance through professional development program for potential course extra credit.

Here are some examples of how the IFDF is accomplishing important results for our membership:
  • 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 during the pandemic.
  • 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 IFDF 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 that 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.
  • The IFDF is preparing to take on the unregulated “Body Broker” industry.
  • We successfully found sponsors and drafted legislation that was passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor to allow for a limited insurance license to sell preneed in the state of Florida.

How to Renew or Join

The 2023-2024 IFDF membership year begins on September 1, 2023 and ends on August 31, 2024. Now is the time to renew your firm, affiliate, or individual membership before your membership expires on August 31, 2023 by clicking on the link below or by calling our office at (850) 222-0198:

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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.

Not an IFDF member? Click here for membership information and registration