The 2021-2022 IFDF Membership Renewal Campaign Has Begun!

Posted By: Ruth Bedell, PhD, QAS News ,
The 2021-2022 IFDF Membership Renewal Campaign Has Begun!

The Independent Funeral Directors of Florida (IFDF) is the only association with a strong voice, valuable resources, and nearly three decades of advocating for independently owned funeral, crematory, and cemetery firms 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 200 members-from Pensacola to Key Largo-IFDF works tirelessly to support independent businesses, their employees and the families they serve.

The 2021-2022 IFDF membership year begins on September 1, 2021 and ends on August 31, 2022. Now is the time to renew your firm, affiliate, or individual membership before your membership expires on August 31, 2021 by clicking on the link below or by calling our office at (850) 222-0198:

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There are many reasons to renew your membership. Read what some of our members are saying:

“IFDF is a group of like-minded funeral directors who want to see independent funeral homes maintain their status and not disappear completely. For example, the IFDF prevented a large funeral corporation from partnering with a massive life insurance company to provide ‘free’ grief counseling to their policyholders. This would have given an unfair competitive advantage to the corporate funeral giant.”

  • David Rosenbalm, Operations Manager, Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory

“I think it’s very advantageous to join IFDF. I was informed of some things that are going on in the industry that I wasn’t aware of, which was to my advantage. The most valuable thing that I get from IFDF is information because it helps me to validate my plans for my business and successfully compete with direct disposers and corporate giants.”

  • Irving Sanchez, Founder and Funeral Director, Sanchez Rehobath Mortuary & Crematory Services

“IFDF protects and advocates for the best interests of its members and consumers across the state. IFDF keeps Independents informed on industry news and provides the resources, such as CE courses, which allow me and all of our staff to easily renew our licenses. They help better our businesses and services for the families we serve.”

  • Detroit Griffin, Manager, A.L. Hall Funeral Directors., dba Tillman Funeral Home

“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


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 insurance companies to refer their clients to a national funeral home company for grief counseling, which in many instances, 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.

By renewing your membership, you can continue receiving member benefits that include access to resources specific to doing business in Florida, such as:

  • Annual conferences and trade shows with top national speakers
  • Member discounts on event registration fees
  • Networking opportunities at conferences, regional dinners, and leadership events
  • 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
  • Affordable health coverage solutions plus a new pharmacy solution for individuals, families, businesses, and employees


Renew your membership by August 31st to continue receiving these member benefits and more during the 2021-2022 membership year and to have your contact information included in the 2021-2022 IFDF Membership Directory.

We know that the IFDF is only strong because of you. The Board of Directors appreciates 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.

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