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2021 Membership Renewals are Due

AGEG is the only association in Georgia that focuses on Embalmers! Our members are a great pool of information for embalmers across the state and the southeast. We offer specific training for your profession and opportunities for you to earn your Continuing Education Hours.  

Current members receive discounted event pricing; AGEG NEWS emails that are filled with the latest COVID-19 updates, regulatory news, important reminders, and obituary notices; and clinic mailers.    

2021 membership renewals are now due. CLICK HERE for our 2021 membership form.  Membership payments may be paid by check or credit card.  For your convenience, we know accept online payments.  AGEG accepts new memberships throughout the year.  

Do you need to update your contact information?  Current members may updated their contact information by using our online tool found HERE



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AGEG 2021 Clinic - August 23 - 25, 2021

As we previously announced, the AGEG Board of Directors carefully considered all factors regarding COVID-19, including information and guidance, consulted with our venues, and made the decision to postpone the Annual Clinic for 2021 until August. Safeguarding the health of our attendees, sponsors, speakers, staff, and our communities is paramount.

Our Annual Clinic offers valuable training for embalmers from experienced industry professionals and continuing education hours for your license requirements. This event is an excellent opportunity to gain valuable education, spend time with your mentors, and network with your industry colleagues. Your health is our top priority and we will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance. We will take every step necessary to keep all event participants safe.  

For more information about this event, CLICK HERE

2021 Clinic Event Sponsorships are available and each offer your company unique benefits!

Act early to have your logo included in future social media posts, on our website, and to ensure inclusion in future announcements and clinic mailer.  CLICK HERE for more information about sponsor benefits, available opportunities, and to register online. 


Thank You to Our 2021 Clinic Sponsors

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Tuesday Continuing Education Programs

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Attendee Folders & Totes

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) 

FEMA Funeral Assistance for COVID-19 Related Deaths

Families will be able to begin applying for assistance April 12 2021 through their dedicated call center. 

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, Congress authorized FEMA to provide financial assistance to individuals who incurred COVID-19-related funeral expenses after January 20, 2020. FEMA has issued its final policy, which includes details such as eligibility, documentation criteria, and the application process. 

More information may be found in our NEW FEMA COVID-19 Funeral Assistance section, CLICK HERE, including an updated Frequenty Asked Questions section.


The Past Week of COVID-19 Guidance and Updates for Funeral Service

For additional information and guidance, CLICK HERE to be redirected to AGEG's Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page. 

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    • Your COVID-19 Vaccination - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Choosing Safer Activities - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • People with Certain Medical Conditions - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • People with Disabilities - May 13, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • COVID-19 Vaccines for Children and Teens - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • About COVID-19 Vaccines - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Key Things to Know About COVID-19 Vaccines - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Specific Groups - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Information about the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 Vaccination - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Vaccines for COVID-19 - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Running Essential Errands - May 12, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • Information About Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine - May 11, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • How COVID-19 Spreads - May 10, 2021 - CLICK HERE
    • How to Wear Masks - May 07, 2021 - CLICK HERE

  • Georgia Department of Public Health
    • NOTICE: CDC New Mask Guidance for People Fully Vaccinated - Fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing masks or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. - CLICK HERE 
    • Georgia eligibility is open for everyone 12 years of age and older for the COVID vaccine. - CLICK HERE

        Additional Updates You Need to Know

        Georgia Bureau of Investigation - CLICK HERE

        Governor Brian Kemp - CLICK HERE
        • Renewed Executive Order
          • Renewing the State of Emergency last renewed on April 1, 2021, regarding unlawful assemblage and the threat of violence and property damage - May 3, 2021
        The State Office of Vital Records (Georgia DPH) - CLICK HERE
        • Upcoming Events - May 2021 Office Hours and Webinars
        • Reminder - The Georgia Department of Public Health has made rule changes governing Vital Records and these forms: 
          • Permit for Disposition of Human Remains, Permit for Disinterment and Reinterment of Human Remains, Supplemental Death Form, Pronouncement of Death Form, and Deputy Registrars for Disposition Permits

        AGEG Classifieds

        NEED A DESK FOR THE OFFICE OR HOME?  

        Vickie Bowen Henry, wife of AGEG Member Reginald C. Henry, has a desk for you!  This solid walnut desk was purchased in 1964 to go in the arrangement office at my parent's funeral home so it has had very little use. It measures 42 inches wide and 75 inches deep with 6 drawers, however, one ledger is missing. This desk can be yours at not cost. You only need to pick it up.  Contact Vickie Bowen Henry today by calling 770-597-8042 (cell).


        Funeral Service Related Death Notices

        To ensure AGEG members are notified in a timely manner, AGEG respectfully requests funeral service related death notifications be sent to the AGEG office via email: academyga@outlook.com. 

        Our 2021 Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 24 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA. If you would like to remember someone during the AGEG 2021 Memorial Service, CLICK HERE

        AGEG Advertising

        During this time of social distancing, AGEG understands the business of funeral service must go on. We want to help vendors reach our members. Take advantage of our advertising opportunities today.  

        AGEG Advertising Form

        Click on the graphic on the left to download the file.


        AGEG Career Center

        Do you have a job opportunity? 
        Are you seeking a new opportunity?  

        CLICK HERE
        to view job posts and
        details of how you can submit your resume.
         

        An Important Reminder to Stay Diligent

        Darren Ford, with Ford-Stewart Funeral Home and AGEG Vice President, reminds funeral home owners and staff to pay attention to what is occurring in your area and urges everyone to remain diligent in protecting your vehicles and facility.


        "2 Thieves Spotted Stealing Van from Clayton County Funeral Home" 

        By Eric Perry, Fox 5 Atlanta

        CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY (article included below)

        CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. - Clayton County police need help to find the man and woman seen on surveillance cameras stealing a van from a funeral home.

        "Don’t steal people's stuff. It’s like taking from a church almost. It’s a funeral home," funeral director Darren Ford said.

        The bold crime happened Saturday at the Ford-Stewart Funeral Home.

        "It’s usually under this carport," Ford said.

        Ford-Stewart Funeral Director Darren Ford said his team found the navy blue van missing Sunday morning when they came in for work.

        Ford wasn’t happy when they checked the surveillance cameras and saw what happened.

        "I was mad! We serve the public and the families in the area. That’s part of what we use to take flowers and things to their homes and cemeteries," Ford said.

        Ford’s dad has been in the funeral business for 60 years and the funeral home has been at this location for 23 years.

        The other funeral cars were locked in a garage.

        The van was left out because there was no room left.

        "You work hard for what you get and to see something stolen like that is just a bad situation," Ford said.

        Ford believes the two individuals might have been watching the funeral home for several days and points out the woman in the video has a distinct walk.

        Ford said this crime happened to church recently located only two miles away and fears the two might night be strangers to the area.

        "First Christian Church Jonesboro and I talked to the pastor this afternoon and their van was stolen about two to three weeks ago and it turned up stripped in Twiggs County," Ford said.

        Police believe this may be a similar case and are hopeful someone will come forward with answers.

        "Karma will get you. Don’t mess with God," Ford said.

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