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Welcome to the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association (SDFDA) website. The SDFDA is the state membership association for the funeral service profession in the great state of South Dakota. SDFDA is a volunteer membership and is comprised of funeral home establishments, funeral directors and embalmers, and suppliers/vendors that provide goods or services to the funeral service industry.

The association's goal is to advance the science of embalming and funeral directing and to promote funeral service while upholding the honor and dignity of the profession. To educate our members to help them better serve the families they care for.

The membership of the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association elected in 1995 to become a "Partnership" state, whereby if you belong to the SDFDA, then you must belong to the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) and vice versa. NFDA's Code of Professional Conduct (effective January 1, 2004) states that it is understood and agreed that membership in NFDA is conditioned upon adherence to the NFDA Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Professional Conduct. Violations of any of these may result in disciplinary measures imposed by NFDA including, but not limited to, expulsion from membership.

Certain resources and services are only available to members of SDFDA, such as Funeral Trust Forms, Pre-Planning Guides, and discounted premiums with Federated Insurance. Resources that are available to non-members and/or the public include: the SDFDA Directory, and the Indigent Burial Survey. There may be a cost for these materials. For more infomation contact the SDFDA State Association Office at 605-246-9466 or by email.

Have the Talk of a Lifetime

Have the Talk of a Lifetime, a program created by The Funeral and Memorial Information Council, was designed to help families have meaningful conversations about the things that matter most in their lives. These discussions can give important insights to the people they left behind — insights that can be used to honor and remember the lives of their loved ones.

Why is having the talk of a lifetime important?

Although we might have daily conversations with our loved ones, the most meaningful and deep ones don’t always happen. Having this kind of conversation can make a huge difference — it can help us see our loved ones in a different and more positive light, it can teach us valuable lessons, it can give us a clearer picture of the things they love, it can bring us closer together, and it can help us reaffirm to them how much we love them.

How do we start the talk?

We shouldn’t really wait for a special moment to start having these kinds of talks. We can do it anytime and anywhere, when we and our loved ones are comfortable — at home while we’re having meals together,out for a walk, gathered as a family, or playing games.

We could also sometimes start with visual prompts, like a photo or an entire photo album, a memento, or a souvenir. We can open up about past experiences while we’re at memorable place, such as  a church, a favorite restaurant, or an old park. These can be great ways to start a story.

Who should have the talk?

We could have the talk of a lifetime with anyone we value, cherish, and love. It could be our grandparents, our parents, our siblings, our uncles and aunts, our cousins, our spouse, our children, our grandparents, or our friends. It also doesn’t have to be done only when we feel we are or someone we love is at the end of their life. We’ll never really know what the future holds, so let us take the opportunities we still have with them while we still can.

May we always treasure every moment of our lives and have meaningful conversations with the ones we love. 

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