20 Years of Independent Funeral Directors of Georgia


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Have You Heard? 

Your IFDG Membership is Still Valuable & 

Continues to Give Back to You!

If you haven’t renewed with IFDG, you need to reconsider! 

You can still renew today!

You may be wondering what does IFDG membership mean for you after the merger with GFDA? 

Your IFDG Benefits are still active! Here are just a few key ones!

Member rates for GFDA 2016 Meetings (including the Convention and District Meetings). Yes, you read that correct – even if you are not currently a member of GFDA, your IFDG membership earns you member pricing for all events through December 31, 2016.

THE IFDG COOPERATIVE BUYING PROGRAMS remain active until September 30, 2016IFDG exclusive programs are still available & you continue to receive your discounts! Note, to receive these valuable discounts from IFDG’s Cooperative Buying Providers, your IFDG dues must be current.  More information about these programs can be found here

IFDG is still here for you – you will continue to receive death notices, important information, meeting reminders and updates via email, our website and Facebook page!  
Don’t delete info@ifdg.org from your address book!  

It is not too late to renew!  We encourage you to renew your IFDG membership today! Keep your IFDG benefits while also being a member of GFDA through December 31, 2016.  Renewals can be done online here or contact the IFDG office for a renewal invoice at info@ifdg.org. IFDG dues are low and you get member benefits of both associations!


These programs are IFDG exclusive & will continue through our fiscal year end, September 30, 2016. To receive these valuable discounts, your dues must be current with IFDG. We encourage you to continue to buy from the Cooperative Buying Participants. Not only do you save money for your business, you strengthen relationships in the funeral service industry.
More information on participating providers & programs they offer can be found here & on their individual pages.

IFDG Cooperative Buying Program Provider Spotlight

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Three benefit package levels available to participating firms. Contact your account executive for details.

  • Dave Armes 770-420-7241
  • Peggi Shipman 229-460-6350

Cincinnati Equitable is proud to introduce our Insurance Assignment Program!!!

The Insurance Assignment Program is designed to Immediately Increase Cash Flow for Life Insurance policies that are assigned to you. At the time of death, it will eliminate the funeral home from spending valuable time processing policies with various insurance companies. Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance will handle this for you with a Low Processing Fee of 3%.

Join other funeral homes and take advantage of another Great Service provided by Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company. For more information contact Dave Armes at 770-420-7241 or Peggi Shipman at 229-460-6350. We look forward to working with you.

It is not too late to renew!  
We encourage you to renew your IFDG membership today! Keep your IFDG benefits while also being a member of GFDA through December 31, 2016.  Renewals can be done online here or contact the IFDG office for a renewal invoice at info@ifdg.org. 
IFDG dues are low and you get member benefits of both associations!

Join Us for the 2016 Summer Convention

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GFDA 2016 Annual Convention 

Begins in ONE WEEK!
June 5-8, 2016
King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, GA

Click on the links below for convention forms

2016 GFDA Annual Convention Brochure

(includes full agenda)

Convention Registration

Convention Golf Tourney Registration

There is a buzz of excitement in the air & it's all about UNITY! The IFDG/GFDA merger is GREAT step in once again 

unifying funeral service in Georgia!

The response for the 2016 Annual Convention, June 5-8, at the King and Prince Resort, St. Simons Island, GA, has been fantastic from funeral directors and vendors alike. The time to register is now!  You don’t want to miss this event!

In an effort to offer funeral homes sponsorship opportunities and marketing avenues for local funeral home vendors, GFDA has announced a NEW GFDA Supporter Sponsorship (minimum sponsorship is $100 but there is no limit on how much you can sponsor). All GFDA Supporters will be listed in pre-convention reminders, on our website, be recognized during the event, and included on event signage. A great way to show your excitement about the recent merger is to show your support for the 1st joint convention and become a GFDA Supporter today! 

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You may have heard that our room block at the King and Prince has almost reached capacity.  Please don't let that stop you from coming or encouraging others to attend. This year's convention has an unprecedented level of interest -- selling out our hotel is a great problem to have!  GFDA has contacted facilities surrounding the King and Prince for additional availability.  If you are in need of room accommodations after the King and Prince is sold out, we suggest contacting one of the following locations (let them know you're with the GFDA event):


  • Ocean Inn and Suites 912-634-2122 - Special GFDA Rate
  • St. Simons Inn by the Lighthouse 888-367-7270 - Special GFDA Rate
  • Sea Palms Resort and Conference Center - 912-638-3351
  • Village Inn - 912-634-6056
  • The Inn at Sea Island - 855-714-9199


Hospitality Cottage

Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions

Welcome Reception / Party

Past Presidents' Breakfast

Master Grave Service, Inc.

Monday Break

Georgia Campus - Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Golf Tournament

Physicians Mutual Insurance Company & The Outlook Group

Monday Lunch

Doric & CMV

Tuesday Breakfast

Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tuesday Break

Georgia Eye Bank

Tuesday Lunch

Cincinnati Equitable Life Insurance Company

Tuesday Night Dinner

Pierce / Wilbert

Wilbert Burial Vaults of Georgia
Tuesday Night Party

SCI - Dignity Memorial

The Dodge Company
Wednesday Breakfast

Foothills Planning Services

Homesteaders Life Company

Wednesday Break

LifeLink of Georgia

Memorial Gifts

Funeral Home Gifts

Folders and Mugs


GFDA Supporters

A. S. Turner & Sons

Atlantic Coast Life Insurance Company

Bearden Funeral Home

Cannon Cleveland Funeral Directors

FuneralCall Answering Service

Georgia Funeral Supply Salesmen's Association

Good Shepherd Funeral Home

Hought's Urns

Hutcheson's Memorial Chapel & Crematory

McLeighton Funeral Service

Music Funeral Services - Lakeland & Valdosta

Ogeechee Technical College Funeral Service Education

Rollings Funeral Service

Shepard Funeral Home

Southern Crescent Crematorium

Stanley Funeral Home & Crematory

Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC

Ward's Transport Services, LLC

Vantage Products Corp.

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