Last Updated: September 12,
(2) of KFDA
District Meetings begin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. I'll be
giving a Board update at the Business Portion of each meeting.
For a complete listing of meetings, check the KFDA web site. I hope to see you
to Steve Melby, who was
reappointed to an additional three-year term as a KSBMA Board Member by
Governor Sam Brownback. ADDED
A good read on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
(CJD) can be found on pages 48-50 of the June 2014 edition of the
American Funeral Director. The article is written by Patti Martin
Bartsche and contains some good information.
Be aware of potential
scam emails and phone calls involving OSHA--similar to what was
reported last year. A Kansas City funeral home has notified our
that they recently received such a phone call--similar to what has been
attempted in the past.
to KSBMA President Steve
Melby and KSBMA Vice President Bill Cozine who were elected officers at
the July 10, 2014 KSBMA Board Meeting.
new information on How to Package
and Ship Cremated Remains.
I enjoyed visiting with many of you at the
recent 2014 Annual Kansas Funeral Directors Association
Convention in Wichita.
November 14, 2013 edition of the Kansas City Star
reports that six people involved with National Prearranged Services,
Inc. were sentenced to prison terms from 18 months to 10 years.
(Updated to includes laws effective as of July
1, 2013). This file is now searchable. To search for a specific
term simply press Crtl+F and the find menu will take you to every
instance of the particular term you are searching for.
A question that we get in the office from
time to time deals with refusing
service. The Mortuary Management's
News Updates for the week of October 22, 2013 has an excellent article
written by Douglas O. Meyer about
Refusing Service that
answers quite a few things that I think you'll find useful.
The next KSBMA board meeting is scheduled
October 9, 2014. The filing deadline for that meeting is
September 15, 2014. The following meeting is scheduled
Thursday, January 8, 2015 with a filing deadline of December 15,
The Other Side, an article written by
Ralph Buckner, appears in the June 2013 edition of The Director,
the magazine of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA.) A very moving article about
the death of Mr. Buckner's 18 year old daughter, Shipley.
The fourth quarter
newsletter of 2013 of The Embalmers
Quarterly Journal of the American Society of Embalmers
(ASE) includes an editorial by Melissa Johnson Williams, CFSP,
Executive Director of the ASE, regarding Creutzfeldt-Jacob Disease
As you heard me say MANY times in the
past, I'm a big statistics nut (especially when my Royals or Chiefs are
playing well.) That being said, The Cremationist of North
Vol. 48, No. 4 issue has the latest CANA Cremation
Statistics including projections to 2016. CANA's numbers show
that Kansas had 6,853 cremations in 2006 and 8,970 in 2010--an increase
of 2.2% per year with an increase of 8.7% from 2006 (28.0%) to 2010
(36.7%.) CANA predicts that in year 2016, the Kansas cremation
rate will be 47.7%. Initial (but not final) stats for 2012, show
a cremation rate of 43.2 in the United States. An excellent
This is the link for the United States
Department of Veterans Affairs resource page for
It's a Living" aired at 8:00 p.m. CT on Thursday,
January 31, 2013. CNBC
describes the program . . . as a 24/7 fiercely competitive business
that everyone will eventually confront . . . CNBC's Tyler
Mathisen profiled professionals of the death industry.
reading can be found in the October 2012 edition of The Director pertaining to Dr. Jacqueline Taylor's presentation at the
2012 NFDA Leadership Conference in July of 2012. Dr. Taylor
expresses her thoughts relating to her work in progress regarding the
identity of funeral service practitioners and is a good read.
This is a presentation very similar to the one Dr.
Taylor presented at the 2013 Tri-State
Convention in Overland Park, Kansas.
Information on the Kansas
Legislature relating to funeral
Operator Licensure Information Effective 12/1/2011, all
cremations performed in the State of Kansas must be performed by Kansas
licensed crematory operators. A list of all licensed crematory
operators can be found at the Crematories By City
The Funeral Ethics
Organization has an information guide, Your Funeral Consumer
Rights in Kansas.
A reminder that if your funeral home
wishes to return a
medical device following authorization by the legal next-of-kin of the
deceased, the number to call for Medtronic
Neurological in Shawnee
Mission, Kansas is (913) 469-8555. They will send funeral homes
the proper mailing package upon request.
Please remember your renewal is not
required paperwork has been received by the KSBMA office. This
also applies when paying on-line. Licensees with continuing
education due must submit that paperwork. Funeral homes must
submit prefinanced funeral agreements.
contact us if you find any out-dated information or if links aren't
working the way they should! We do our best to keep everything up
to date, but your help and ideas are always
Was introduced by the
KSBMA and will require funeral homes that close to notify families with
prefinanced funeral agreements of their closing. The bill passed
the House, 117-1 and passed the Senate, 38-0. Governor Brownback
approved the bill on 3/28/2011. The bill became law on July 1,
2012 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics can
be found at 2012
of Vital Statistics.
updated statistics provided by the International
Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards (ICFSEB) to the KSBMA's
Stats (and you know how much I enjoy stats) are from the National Board Examination (NBE).
August 1, 2010 the Department
of Homeland Security's Transportation
Security Administration (TSA) has announced that the 100% air cargo
screening protocols for Human Remains (HR) shipments become
The screening for human remains shipped by passenger airliners in the
USA went into effect in February 2009 at the 50% level. There are
several web sites available with useful information that you may want
to look at, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
Airlines (AA) Cargo. TSA will require 100% screening of
international air cargo headed to the United States by December 31,
Reports I know you've heard this from me
in the past, but everyone
should be using them--for a number of reasons! Kansas law doesn't
require them, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be using them.
It helps if a family asks questions after disposition or if remains are
shipped via public transportation, and you are unable to recall the
condition of the deceased prior to embalming, type/amount ot fluid used
. . . Some examples of reports that I discovered searching the
internet, include: Example
3 to just list a few. I suggest you contact your fluid
salesperson or do some searching yourself for the one that fits your
needs--or even put one together yourself, but require a signature, date
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After reading to the Silver Lake
Children. I don't know who had more fun.
Jaiden smiling for Grandpa!
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