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When people ask us what exactly we do for funeral directors as an association, our answer is we represent ALL funeral service professionals in Minnesota by providing the following…

·         Educate

·         Communicate

·         Advocate

·         Collaborate

·         Celebrate


Join your fellow funeral service industry colleagues and join MFDA!  Always feel free to call our office at 763-416-0124 or email with any further questions about what MFDA provides to our members.


MFDA is more than an association; we are an extension of your staff. We are an advocate for your success as a funeral service professional.


Firm and Individual Members - Why join our community of funeral professionals through MFDA?

For more than 130 years, we have promoted excellence in the funeral service profession. A summary of member benefits are as follows:

  • Effective lobbying & advocacy at the Minnesota State Capitol
  • Providing quality continuing education throughout the state of Minnesota (Discount registration fees for MFDA members):
  • MFDA’s 130th Annual Convention at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake will offer CEUs in the three required categories for funeral directors, as well as opportunities to network with colleagues and funeral industry vendors
  • District Regional meetings throughout the state in the fall
  • Preneed insurance CEU course with FD CEUs offered in the fall
  • Crematory Operator Certification course
  • InSight Certified Celebrant Training
  • Online CEU courses
  • MFDA Career Center connects employers with job seekers and members receive a 50% discount on job postings
  • Attended the MN School Counselors Conference to promote mortuary science as a career option for students, and the MN Hospice & Palliative Care Conference to connect and collaborate with attendees about our funeral home members.

  • MFDA committees work to address relevant topics associated with funeral service (Workforce, Outreach/Public Relations, Convention, and Legislative)
  • Partnerships with Funeral Directors Life, Federated Insurance, and the Children’s Grief Connection
  • Promoting the value of funeral service to consumers that call our office or visit our website
  • Direct voice for our members to the Minnesota Department of Health–Mortuary Science Section
  • Continued advocacy for funeral service to related organizations (i.e. hospice, cemeteries, grief educators)
  • Providing member benefits such as the membership directory, members-only website, Bulletin, members-only emails, and customizable specialty forms and consumer brochures

New Firm Member Benefits in 2020:

  • Complimentary legal counsel for MFDA Members. MFDA has recently retained Michael D. Sharkey, Licensed Funeral Director and Attorney with Cousineau, Van Bergen, McNee and Malone, as its General Counsel.  Beginning in 2020, Mr. Sharkey will serve as a resource to the association as well as our members. Those firms who need mortuary law specific legal guidance, (often on short or even emergency notice) can spend up to 30 minutes getting answers they need. 

    The most important part of this arrangement is MFDA has budgeted an amount that will cover the cost of a call.  There are many benefits to this arrangement, but primarily Mr. Sharkey’s ability to troubleshoot mortuary law legal issues on a very short timeline and interfacing with difficult families so that the funeral home can
    maintain its reputation in the community.

  • MFDA’s new Online Community is a place for member funeral directors to connect with peers, ask questions, find resources, participate in conversations, and hear the latest news from MFDA! All funeral director staff will have access as MFDA members.

  • Continue to address workforce challenges through advisory committees and tasks force. We are working on legislation that may assist in the workforce shortage, and will partner with the U of M Mortuary Science to conduct a survey on how our membership prefers this legislation.


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