News/Press Releases


LifeNet Health to expand global headquarters in Virginia Beach


Dear VFDA Members: 

A White House commission is urging the president to declare an opioid state of emergency. “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks,” the commission’s report notes, saying a state of emergency would “force Congress to focus on funding” ways to combat the growing epidemic. The opioid crisis, which now kills over 100 Americans a day, is also having a devastating effect on business: Companies across the country call it one of the biggest problems they face, particularly when it comes to hiring and retaining workers. • Share your thoughts: #WhiteHouseOpioid

      Critical Issue:  A 50 State View of the Opioid Epidemic, the NFDA has the video available at: 

The VFDA will continue to share information on this epidemic with our members.


July 2017 Legislative Report and Updates


Click here for a Press Release on VFDA President, Robert Gallagher


Biotech Inc. Announces Distribution Agreement with Dodge to Tackle Deadly Prions

Please click here to find a press release from Brio Dodge



Press Releases

Federated Insurance Press Release


Please click here for an NFDA update from our NFDA Policy Board Representative


The Flagship : Honoring our shipmates: The heritage of the military funeral and burial at sea

Click here to read up about the heritage of the military funeral and burial at sea


New Rule Expands Overtime Pay to Millions of Workers

Click here to read up about the new rule that expands overtime pay to millions of workers


Please click here to read about how the OCME has a new Payment Reimbursement System

Please click here to read about how there are more women funeral home directors


The Virginia Funeral Directors Association (VFDA) is supporting The Dogwood Project initiative and mission to help children who lose a parent or primary care-giver as they go through the grieving process by giving them opportunities to talk.  We are sharing this information with you in hopes you will pass this information onto families you serve who may have children between the ages of 5-12 years old who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

The Dogwood Project will send the youngest children a teddy bear and send children between the ages of 5-12 years old a dogwood tree as a “living memorial” to plant with a trusted adult as a way for conversation to begin.  The Dogwood Project also assists in helping the child’s care-giver find a local grief counselor for the child.

This is a free service and is no cost to your funeral home.  We ask that you make this information available to families you serve with young children.  Additional information or to request assistance, please visit or contact Linda Schlapman, or 434-515-1566.


Ebola Strategy Meeting Minutes from the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

Ebola Virus Update

Information from the OCME regarding managing dead bodies with Ebola:

Guidance for Safe Handling Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U.S. Hospitals and Mortuaries

OCME Recommendations Ebola

Ebola FAQ

Electronic Death Registration System

US Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Survivors Assistance Brochure