1. Back by popular demand Leili McMurrough will be offering her program "Developing Your Internship in the Age of the Millenial" for 2 FD CE on May 12, 2017 from 9-11 AM.  Space is limited to the first 40 registrants.  Sign up here.

2. Join FDSA at The Great Escape at 9540 W. Irving Park Rd., Schiller Park, IL 60176 for "Demystifying Embalming Chemicals" (2 EMB CE) presented by Brian McMurrough on May 10, 2017 from 2:00- 4:00 PM.

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3.   CE Certificates for the 2016 Trade Show have been mailed to those who have purchased them.  If you did not purchase CE Certificates from the Trade Show but would like to do so now, contact Elizabeth Goins at the FDSA office at or 630-980-4010.

4.  The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office is now requiring e-mail addresses for all funeral homes with a fax cremation account.

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5.  The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office will require a completed Certificate of Death Worksheet when removing a deceased from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office beginning October 3rd.

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6. Visit the FDSA Facebook page here.

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7. Please contact FDSA Executive Director Catherine Kasper for matters that impact your funeral service

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2017 IL License Renewal CE Requirements

Online IL Funeral Director License Renewal

Online IL Funeral Director and Embalmer License Renewal




The Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago (FDSA) purposes and objectives are:

  • to study, develop, and establish the highest standards of service for the benefit of the public;
  • to promote a professional relationship between those engaged in the practice of funeral service and the public they serve by the promulgation and adoption of correct and ethical principles of business administration;
  • to represent its members and keep them informed of the laws and statutes affecting their practice and to encourage them to comply with these laws and statutes; and
  • to maintain among its members the highest professional ideals which are necessary in the service of the public and in the public interest.

Member benefits include:

  • Access to Business Insurance
  • Employment and Labor Law Telephone Consultations
  • Pre-Arranged Funeral Trust
  • Access to Music Licensing
  • Continuing Education Programs
  • Resume Bank
  • Liaison with other organizations
  • Collective Bargaining (for Regular Members)
  • Public Affairs/Legislative Monitoring
  • Funeral Flags
  • Newsletter
  • Incident Forms
  • Social Programs
  • Annual Tradeshow
  • Free Classified Newsletter Advertising


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