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

Temporary Refrigerated Morgues Open as COVID-19 Surges
The New Jersey Office of the Chief State Medical Examiner has opened up two temporary refrigerated storage facilities because of a surge in deaths from COVID-19. (Published January 18, 2022)

Murphy Reinstates Waiver Allowing Interns to Witness Dispositions
Interns will be allowed to witness disposition in New Jersey cemeteries and crematories without a licensed funeral director present for at least another 30 days, according to executive orders signed by Governor Phil Murphy on January 11, 2022. (Published January 12, 2022)

Mortuary Board Votes to Implement In-Person CE Waiver
The State Board of Mortuary Science of New Jersey has voted to establish a rule waiver relaxing the requirement for in-person attendance of mandatory continuing education credits through February 28, 2023. (Published January 12, 2022)

State Warns Funeral Directors of Impending Spike in COVID Cases
The New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association has been informed by the state Department of Health that a spike in COVID-19 cases and possible deaths is expected over the next 30 to 45 days. (Published January 10, 2022)

Temporary Refrigerated Morgues Open as COVID-19 Surges

Temporary Refrigerated Morgues Open as COVID-19 Surges

The Week in Funeral News, January 18, 2022

The Week in Funeral News, January 18, 2022

NJSFDA Office Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

NJSFDA Office Closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Murphy Reinstates Waiver Allowing Interns to Witness Dispositions

Murphy Reinstates Waiver Allowing Interns to Witness Dispositions

Mortuary Board Votes to Implement In-Person CE Waiver

Mortuary Board Votes to Implement In-Person CE Waiver

Jonathan Vander Plaat

Jonathan Vander Plaat

Published January 12, 2022

The Week in Funeral News, January 11, 2022

The Week in Funeral News, January 11, 2022

Published January 11, 2022

Bill to Increase WFNJ Reimbursements Heads to Governor’s Desk

Bill to Increase WFNJ Reimbursements Heads to Governor’s Desk

Published January 10, 2022

State Warns Funeral Directors of Impending Spike in COVID Cases

State Warns Funeral Directors of Impending Spike in COVID Cases

Published January 10, 2022

$63.6 Million in FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Aid Awarded in New Jersey in 2021

$63.6 Million in FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Aid Awarded in New Jersey in 2021

Published January 10, 2022

Senate Committee Passes Bill to Increase WFNJ Funeral Reimbursements

Senate Committee Passes Bill to Increase WFNJ Funeral Reimbursements

Published January 7, 2022

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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.

Can a Funeral Home Employee Act as a Witness or Notary on a Funeral Agent Form?

We have a consumer who is making prearrangements and would like to appoint a funeral agent, using the form supplied by the New Jersey Cemetery Board. Is an employee allowed to witness and/or notarize that document? Can an employee be appointed...
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Cemetery Reimbursement for WFNJ Funerals

A cemetery handling the burial of a decedent who qualified for a Work First New Jersey funeral is insisting that our funeral home pay for the burial and then the cemetery will pay us back once the reimbursement is received. Is this the way...
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When Are Disinterment Permits Needed?

A family is seeking to move a body from one grave to another within the same cemetery. Do they need a disinterment permit?

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