The International Cemetery, Cremation and Funeral Association is the only international trade association representing all segments of the cemetery, funeral service, cremation and memorialization profession.

Founded in 1887 as the Association of American Cemetery Superintendents, the organization was created by a group of 18 cemeterians whose goal was to improve the appearance and operations of their properties. Throughout its first century of operation, the association grew in size and mission and underwent several name changes, but it remained a national cemetery-only organization. In 1996, the association became the International Cemetery and Funeral Association, expanding its membership to include funeral homes and other related businesses and extending its reach beyond U.S. borders. In 2007, “Cremation” was added to the name to more accurately reflect the operations and goals of its membership.

Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America (CANA) is an international 501 (c)(6) trade association of over 3,300 members, composed of funeral homes, cemeteries, crematories, industry suppliers, consultants and students. CANA members believe that cremation is preparation for memorialization.

CANA's mission is to serve as the leading authority on all aspects of cremation. When you register for a CANA certification program, convention, online class or join as a member, you become a participant in a community of cremation experts.


The Virginia Funeral Directors Association was formed on September 20, 1887 in Richmond,Virginia. The committee appointed for the purpose of organization announced the declaration as a functioning basis.

It reads: “We, the undertakers of Virginia, this day organize into an Association, the object of which shall be the mutual advancement and elevation of our calling; the attainment of a higher standard of excellence; that we may better be enabled to serve the public who entrust their dead to our care. Our aim is to place our profession on a basis which will insure the respect and esteem of the community.” The By-laws of the Association spell out the objects of the organization which are the purposes for which the Association was formed and incorporated.