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The Funeral Directors Services Association of Greater Chicago (FDSA) purposes and objectives are:

  • to study, develop, and establish the highest standards of service for the benefit of the public;
  • to promote a professional relationship between those engaged in the practice of funeral service and the public they serve by the promulgation and adoption of correct and ethical principles of business administration;
  • to represent its members and keep them informed of the laws and statutes affecting their practice and to encourage them to comply with these laws and statutes; and
  • to maintain among its members the highest professional ideals which are necessary in the service of the public and in the public interest.

Member benefits include:

  • Access to Business Insurance
  • Employment and Labor Law Telephone Consultations
  • Pre-Arranged Funeral Trust
  • Access to Music Licensing
  • Continuing Education Programs
  • Resume Bank
  • Liaison with other organizations
  • Collective Bargaining (for Regular Members)
  • Public Affairs/Legislative Monitoring
  • Funeral Flags
  • Newsletter
  • Incident Forms
  • Social Programs
  • Annual Tradeshow
  • Free Classified Newsletter Advertising 


Register for FDSA's Annual Trade Show 

FDSA is excited to meet again face-to-face on November 3 for the 2021 Trade Show

Build Your Brand Awareness with FDSA Advertising 
FDSA is pleased to offer members and non-members advertising opportunities in FDSA News, a bi-monthly e-newsletter distributed to over 900 funeral industry contacts in the greater Chicago area. Increase sales, reach potential customers, and establish your company as a prominent funeral services provider. Multiple options are available for any budget and frequency. Click here for a 2021 advertising kit. 

Welcome to the New FDSA Website  

The new website is adaptive and recognizes the device you use (computer, tablet, phone) to display content in the best format. Please note the new domain address is WWW.FDSACHICAGO.ORG (not .com). All FDSA emails now end in .org instead of .com as well. Please update your contacts accordingly.      

Cremation Permit Fees Increased December 1, 2020 
Ponni Arunkumar, M.D., Cook County Chief Medical Examiner, has informed the association that cremation permit fees are increasing to $150 effective December 1, 2020.  Contact Dr. Arunkumar at 312-997-4502 if you have any questions.

2020 Virtual Tradeshow a Success 

FDSA held a very successful Virtual Tradeshow on November 4, with 244 registrants and 8 exhibitors.  We hope you had the opportunity to experience the show.  There was excellent discussion, terrific information provided by our speakers, wonderful exhibitors, and overall we believe everybody had a good experience.


We look forward to seeing you the 2021 in-person tradeshow at the White Eagle Restaurant, tentatively scheduled for November 3, 2021.

Have questions?  Please contact Courtney Truelove via email at or by telephone at 410-940-6359.        

180 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Suite 370
Annapolis, MD 21401
telephone:  410-940-6359
fax:  630-351-8490