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The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education.  Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

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Minneapolis, MN was the site of the 52nd Annual Conference of the ABFSE from April 9-12, 2014.  Members and guests from the accredited funeral service programs in the US along with representatives from NFDA, NFDMA and ICCFA meet annually to review the status of funeral service education. More.....

Pictured left to right:
Karl Kann, Vice President; Eugene Ogrodnik, President; Francisco Solis, Past President; Jzyk Ennis, Secretary/Treasurer


     Colleagues in the News

    Tony Moore triples as a director of church choirs, theatrical musicals and funeral-service education
    By Geoff Gehman , October 26, 2015
    Tony Moore likes to remind his embalming students that their future clients must always look not only peaceful but natural. The last image the living have of the dead is often from the casket, says NCC's director of funeral service education, and that picture needs to be positive to last positively. The goal is to make the deceased seem almost alive; the trick is to put on a subtle show.Tony Moore snapshots with celebrities

    Moore sure knows how to put on a show. As a funeral home director, he embalmed his father so well, his mother thought her late husband was sleeping. As a church music director, he produced a 200-person Easter extravaganza. As a theatrical music director, he conducted musicals ranging from "Mame" to "Assassins." Last fall he made his NCC stage debut as a keyboardist for "Rent," the award-winning hit about struggling artists bonding in '80s Manhattan.

    Moore is telling his zigzagging story in his Commonwealth Hall office, which has a miniature casket and snapshots of celebrities-Sarah Jessica Parker, Daniel Radcliffe-he met after seeing their Broadway plays. Read the entire article...


    No ghouls, just Girl Scouts, on mortuary trip
    By Jenna Esarey, Special to The Courier-Journal 6:07 p.m. EDT October 30, 2015
    Turning their thoughts from cookies to cadavers, Girl Scouts from Louisville and Southern Indiana learned about women in mortuary science as they toured Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville on Thursday.

    Wearing Halloween costumes, uniforms or street clothes, just over 30 Girl Scouts and 20 adults eagerly explored the anatomy classroom with its skulls and large, colorful diagrams, and the reconstruction room where a skeleton and embalming tools were laid out for their perusal.

    The girls were able to try their hand at creating a human ear out of restorative wax under the direction of recent graduate Laura LaJoie. Restorative wax modeling is commonly used in funeral service to return trauma victims to their natural appearance.  Read the entire article...

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ABFSE and COA Fall Meeting
October 17 - 19, 2015
Indianapolis, IN
COA Chair’s October 2015 Report
Fall Roundup October 2015

54th Annual Conference
April 12-15, 2016
Houston, TX


Program Directory


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Scholarship Program

of the American
Board of Funeral Service Education provides financial awards to students enrolled in funeral service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education.

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Answering Service for Directors - ASD      American Academy       Batesville Casket Company     Clark Grave Vault       The Dodge Company       Frigid Fluid Company    Funeral Home Gifts

National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club         National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science          National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association          NOMIS Publications        SC Funeral Directors Association         University Mortuary Science Education Association


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