Last Updated: Saturday, June 8,
The next KSBMA board meeting is scheduled
July 18, 2013.
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.
is reporting that Service
Corporation International (SCI) has announced the signing of a
definitive agreement with Stewart
Enterprises, Inc. to acquire all of Stewart's outstanding shares of
Class A and Class B common stock.
As you heard me say MANY times in the
past, I'm a big statistics nut (except for my Royals record in May
2013) . . . That being said, The Cremationist of North America's
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%. An excellent
Society of Embalmers (ASE) is holding their 9th Annual Meeting on
June 28, 2013 at Worsham College of Mortuary Science in Wheeling,
Illinois. Check their web site for details. In ASE's
2012 Embalmers Quarterly Journal there is some good information
pertaining to the benefits of viewing
prior to disposition, Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommended adult
immunization schedule and formaldehyde exposure product
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,
2011 Annual Summary of Vital Statistics can
be found at 2011
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).
Our current Rule
Book is available on line
at no cost or $5.00 per copy if ordering through our office. An
rule book will be completed as time permits.
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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License Fees Our
license fees will remain the same for the two year biennial
licensing period of January 1, 2012 until December 31, 2013. This
will mean that fees will have remained the same for eight (8)
years, four (4) biennial licensure periods. As always, we do our
best to not increase fees unless we absolutely have to.
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