COVID-19 Member Resources

COVID-19 Member Resources

The New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association is committed to providing our members with all the latest information and resources concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and the public health response to it.

To that end, we are compiling a list of informative FORUM articles already published and helpful links to source documents and web pages where more details can be found. We will continue to update this compilation as more information becomes available.

IMPORTANT UPDATES

NJSFDA Successful in Pandemic Waiver Continuation
The New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association has been successful in obtaining the State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey’s approval to continue recognizing several regulatory waivers, modifications and statutory interpretations implemented during the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Published June 1, 2021)

Deaths in NJ Remain Higher Than the Statistical Norm
The number of deaths in New Jersey during April 2021 remained higher than the statistical norm, the sixth straight month of elevated fatalities as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be felt by the state’s residents. (Published May 28, 2021)

NJ Funeral Restrictions Further Loosened
Effective Friday, May 28, 2021 the indoor wearing of masks and six-foot social distancing requirements become optional during all New Jersey funerals and memorial events. (Published May 25, 2021)

Travel Advisory and Quarantine Period Lifted in New Jersey
New Jersey is no longer requiring a quarantine period on travelers either visiting or returning to the state from other areas of the country. (Published May 17, 2021)

The 2021 Convention and Expo is On!

The 2021 Convention and Expo is On!

Newark Archdiocese to Allow "Words of Remembrance" During Funerals

Newark Archdiocese to Allow "Words of Remembrance" During Funerals

The Week in Funeral News, June 8, 2021

The Week in Funeral News, June 8, 2021

Condolences

Condolences

Congratulations to the 2021–2022 NJSFDA Board of Directors

Congratulations to the 2021–2022 NJSFDA Board of Directors

More than $10 Million in FEMA Funeral Aid Received in NJ

More than $10 Million in FEMA Funeral Aid Received in NJ

Published June 7, 2021

Online Poll: NJ Funeral Directors Appear Comfortable with End of Mask Mandate

Online Poll: NJ Funeral Directors Appear Comfortable with End of Mask Mandate

Published June 4, 2021

Thanexus Highlights Pandemic Response in State of the Industry Report

Thanexus Highlights Pandemic Response in State of the Industry Report

Published June 3, 2021

Condolences

Condolences

Published June 3, 2021

Mortuary Board • June 2021

Mortuary Board • June 2021

Published June 3, 2021

NJ Man Claims Minnesota Cemetery Despite Protests

NJ Man Claims Minnesota Cemetery Despite Protests

Published June 2, 2021

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Ask the Manager

The NJSFDA Manager of the Day program provides members with a resource for addressing and resolving problems that arise in the daily operations of their funeral homes. Here are some matters that were brought to the attention of the Manager of the Day in recent months.

Right to Control and the 72-Hour Rule

Q. The divorced parents of a decedent share right to control, but they cannot agree on disposition. One wants burial; the other wants cremation. If they cannot agree on disposition within 72 hours, does the Right to Control law allow me to move...
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Tissue and Bone Removal Rules

We received skeletal remains of a decedent, transferred to us from an out-of-state funeral home. The family would like us to remove some of the teeth and bones for a second DNA test to make sure they are the remains of their family member. Can I...
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What Do I Do When One Child Wants an Autopsy and the Other Does Not?

The two children of a decedent share the right to control. They both agree on cremation, but one wants an autopsy before any disposition. What should I do?

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