American Board of Funeral Service Education


The American Board of Funeral Service Education (ABFSE)
The ABFSE serves as the national academic accreditation agency for college and university programs in Funeral Service and Mortuary Science Education. Although its roots go back to the 1940's, the ABFSE became an autonomous agency in 1962. The accrediting function of ABFSE is recognized by the US Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.





 ABFSE 62nd Annual Conference
Boston, MA  April 8-12, 2024

The ABFSE held its 62nd Annual Conference April 10 - 12, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts. There were many professional development opportunities and meetings. The opportunity to explore the many exhibits at the tradeshow occurred simultaneously as the 2nd Annual JEPP Corn Hole Tourney. At the Recognition Luncheon a variety of people were recognized for their service to Funeral Service Education.

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62nd Annual ABFSE Conference


Top row (L-R):
Robert C. Smith, III (Executive Director); NFDA representatives at the Tradeshow; Michael (Asst. Executive Director), Gail Landon and Patti Smith represent ABFSE at the Tradeshow.


Middle row (L-R):
R & L - Recognition luncheon
Center - Our Gold and Bronze Sponsors



Bottom row (L-R):
TribuCast representative at the Tradeshow, Harriette Scott (Public Member),
Gabriel Schauf (Milwaukee Area Technical College) receives award from Robb Smith (Executive Director).



 Review of Standards

ABFSE engages in a review of the Accreditation Standards every five (5) years. The process was initiated in summer/fall 2022 and recommended changes were present for comment.

Acceptance of the Accreditation Standards was finalized at the COA Meeting in Boston.
Click here for revised Standards (PDF)






 Embalming: History, theory, practice

About Embalming: History, theory, practice
(available March 2022)

Embalming: History, Theory, and Practice
Sixth Edition: 9781260010077:
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To obtain instructor resources for Embalming: History, Theory, and
, 6e, email Sydney Keen (

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 Meet the Scholarship Recipients

In the past academic year, ABFSE received 50 undergraduate scholarship inquiries in April 2024. Six (6) undergraduate scholarships were awarded for a total of $10,000. Meet our recipients. Scholarships are made possible due to the generosity of the Scholarship Sponsors recognized below.

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Baili Akin

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Samantha Alexander

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Jessica Barnes

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Eldrick Brown

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - Eunique Davis

ABFSE Scholarship Recipient - No photo available

Baili Akin
Mid-America College of Funeral Service
View bio here

Samantha Alexander
Miami Dade College
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Jessica Barnes
Tidewater Community College
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Eldrick Brown
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
View bio here

Eunique Davis
Mercer County Community College
View bio here

David Nipper
Commonwealth Institute of Funeral Service
Bio Not Available



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National Scholarship Program The National
Scholarship Program

of the American
Board of Funeral Service Education provides financial awards to students enrolled in funeral service or mortuary science programs to assist them in obtaining their professional education.

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Scholarship Sponsors

 Answering Service for Directors - ASD                Jim Augustine Memorial Fund             Bass-Mollett Publishers Inc.              Cremation Association of North America

   The Champion Company                          Church & Chapel Arts                                  Smart Director by Continental Computers, Inc.

      Dodge                             Eagle's Wings Air - EWA                            Descendants of Fossors                    

Heritage Club of NFDA             Inman Shipping Worldwide                  Kelco Supply                    National Association of Colleges of Mortuary Science

National Funeral Directors Association and the Heritage Club                        National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association                       NMS - National Mortuary Shipping                      NOMIS Publications

                              PRECOA                                 SC Funeral Directors Association                                   Travel Plan by Inman                                         

                                  Tribucast Remote Attendance System                         Trigard                           Tuesday Evening Publications                            University Mortuary Science Education Association                    


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