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To comply with recommendations of the Office of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine to slow the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), the office staff of the Ohio Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors are currently working remotely until further notice.

While the staff is temporarily away from the office, we will continue to perform the business of the Board. Email is the recommended means of communication and will be monitored during the Board office's regular business hours, Monday through Friday. Please email the Board at for assistance.

We ask your patience and understanding during these rapidly changing times.


          TOP NEWS          

FEMA to Help Pay Funeral Costs for COVID-19-Related Deaths

On April 12, 2021 FEMA will begin accepting applications for financial assistance grants.

These grants will help reimburse individuals and families for funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020 for deaths related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
This federally administered program has been created to help ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the pandemic.
The policy was finalized March 24, 2021, and FEMA is now moving rapidly to implement this funeral assistance program nationwide.

Some of the documentation needed by individuals and families applying for the grant may necessitate contact with funeral directors.
Please familiarize yourself with this federal program and direct all inquiries to:

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Line Number: 844-684-6333
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central Time
FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA Funeral Assistance Informational Video

This program should not be confused with the State of Ohio Indigent Burial Program which is administered by the state.

Annual Preneed Contract Report Forms

All 2020 Annual Preneed Funeral Contract Report Forms (green form)
were due by MARCH 31, 2021.

Please submit even if filing late.

Green forms are available for download on our website at:

Questions regarding the form should be sent by email to:

March Issue of RESPECT Quarterly Newsletter



Mailing Address and Email Address Changes

It is the responsibility of the Licensee to make all INDIVIDUAL mailing address and email address changes via your eLicense dashboard.
The Board does not typically make those changes for you.
These addresses are extremely important as they are used when we send you communications.

If you are experiencing problems when trying to update your addresses, please contact us and we will assist you.

Pocket Cards for License Renewals

If you submitted your 2021-2022 Compliance Period License Renewals between September 1, 2020 and February 9, 2021,
then you can expect to receive your Pocket Renewal Card(s) in March. This batch was mailed February 26, 2021.
With the possible delay of mail being processed by the USPS,
it may take longer to receive your cards than expected.

All cards were mailed individually, so if you are expecting more than one card please watch for separate mailings.

Pocket Cards for licenses renewed after Feburary 9, 2021 and during the extension period will arrive in the mail at a later date.

You are not required to send in copies of your CE certificates unless we specifically ask for them.
It is the responsibility of each licensee to obtain Continuing Education
and retain all Certificates of Completion for four years (4)
or until the licensee submits such as proof during a random audit.