The Maryland State Funeral Directors Association was founded in 1919 and has become the leading association in the state committed to providing the most optimal resources, tools and support for its members to promote unparalleled funeral service to the public.

Our Vision

Recognizing critical issues within funeral service and providing appropriate solutions to those issues, and addressing external and internal audiences in all matters pertinent to the funeral profession; being the preeminent funeral service advocate before governmental agencies, consumer groups, and suppliers; providing educational opportunities that will enhance professionalism in its membership; and serving as a professional and ethical information resource to which its members may rely upon for timely and relevant assistance.

Our Mission

Assist members in furthering their funeral service knowledge through continuing education; facilitate professional networking and relationships; respond to consumer questions regarding arranging and prearranging funerals, cremation/burial options; encourage and enable members to provide a dignified ethical service when loved ones have been entrusted in their care; and ensure the safety and protection of our communities by caring for the living and being the voice for positive legislative and public advocacy.

Our Values

The officers, directors and staff of the Maryland State Funeral Directors Association will base all decisions and actions according to the following set of core values:
  • Trust & Confidence
  • Mutual Respect & Fairness
  • Knowledge, Wisdom & Experience
  • Accountability


The Maryland State Funeral Directors Association consists of elected officers and directors who serve one year and three year terms, respectively. Director terms are staggered, and elections are held at the Association’s annual convention in June. The MSFDA Board of Directors meets in February, March, May, June (annual meeting), August, September, November and December. Members can log in on the Members Only page to view minutes from past meetings. Many of the Association’s Past Presidents stay involved as advisors, providing consultative strategic planning and advice. The Association is also comprised of committees to help the Association achieve its goals through their leadership, skills, time and resources. The Association is governed by its Constitution & By-Laws which was last updated in December 2015. MSFDA members can access the Constitution & By-Laws on the Members Only page. MSFDA members follow Codes of Professional Conduct and adhere to ethical principles and practices regarding service to families and care of the decedent as well as obligations to the public, government, and the National Funeral Directors Association, of which MSFDA is a member.

Regulatory Oversight

Regulatory oversight of funeral homes in Maryland is governed by the Maryland Board of Morticians & Funeral Directors.  Please contact them at 410-764-4792 or visit their website.