History & Mission
The MetFDA, a professional trade association, represents corporate and independent funeral establishments in the New York Metropolitan region including Westchester County. In addition to providing traditional association services, MetFDA also provides consumers with information on funeral planning. The MetFDA provides continuing education seminars for funeral directors, publishes a monthly newsletter and assists members with issues relating to the funeral industry.
Members of the MetFDA have played key roles in historical events.
- Members served as volunteers during the TWA Flight #800 crash operation, offering bereavement and administrative support.
- Members also helped government agencies responding to the World Trade Center disaster and the crash of American Airlines Flight #587 in the Rockaways.
- The greater Metropolitan region was an early epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020. MetFDA members operated at peak capacity and tirelessly served families in their darkest hour, elevating the level of professionalism and adhering to the highest ethical standards.
From 1928 through today, we strive to serve, support and comfort those in need and make sure our members are held to the highest standards.
The MetFDA operates by upholding certain core values:
- To enhance the environment in which our members operate and to promote the highest standards of funeral service to the public.
- To promote accepted standards and best practices within the funeral directing profession and the embracing of its highest ethical principles.
- To promote the better understanding and appreciation on the part of the public of the functions of the funeral directing profession.
- To further advance the professional education of the members of the Association and assist in establishing and maintaining the high standards of education and training for all persons seeking to enter the profession.