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Helpful Links

We've compiled a list of helpful links that offer products and services you may find helpful when making your arrangements. If you don't see what you’re looking for, please feel free to contact us for assistance and recommendations on other helpful links.

Social Security For further information, please contact Whitaker Funeral Home or the Social Security Administration.

Veterans Administration 
Veterans are eligible for Full Military Honors and recent legislation requires service branches to furnish service personnel to fold the flag and to play "Taps" for a graveside service.

For more detailed information, please contact Whitaker Funeral Home, the Veterans Administration or the Department of Defense.

Federal Trade Commission The Federal Trade Commission enforces a variety of federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The Commission seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively, and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The Commission also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. In general, the Commission's efforts are directed toward stopping actions that threaten consumers' opportunities to exercise informed choice.


National Funeral Directors Association The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), founded in 1882, is the largest funeral service organization in the world.

The National Funeral Directors Association provides advocacy, education, information, products, programs and services to help members enhance the quality of service to families.

The Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice The APFSP is committed to providing a voluntary certification program to funeral service practitioners that shows families your commitment to exceptional service and life-long learning.


Cremation Association of North America Founded in 1913, the Cremation Association of North America is an International organization of over 1200 members, composed of cemeterians, cremationists, funeral directors, industry suppliers and consultants.


South Carolina Funeral Directors Association SCFDA is dedicated to providing education and information to its members and the general public, encouraging high standards of excellence and ethical practices, and fostering relationships between funeral homes and the families and communities they serve.


Last Acts Last Acts is a campaign to improve end-of-life care by a coalition of professional and consumer organizations. We believe in palliative care, focused on managing pain and making life better for individuals and families facing death. Last Acts envisions a world in which dying people and their loved ones receive excellent care and are honored and supported by their community. This site is for professionals and volunteers working to improve care of the dying.


Pursuit of Excellence Award Once again Whitaker Funeral Home has been awarded the Pursuit of Excellence Award by the National Funeral Directors Association. This mark of excellence recognizes firms for their outstanding community service, professional integrity and dynamic public relations programs. The Pursuit of Excellence program is the premier standard for funeral service excellence and high ethical standards.


Lofty Oaks Association Whitaker Funeral Home is affiliated with the Lofty Oaks Association, a New Hampshire organization dedicated to reforestation and conservation efforts in South Carolina. We arrange to have a tree planted for each service that we perform to provide a living memorial in honor of the deceased and to renew the forest life of South Carolina.

The Memorial Trees are planted in the spring and fall. This program is part of a large endeavor, to restore the landscape and our environment with the eternal beauty of living trees.

After each service, close family members and friends are informed that the memorial tree has been arranged. When professional foresters have planted the tree, the designated people will receive a certificate of planting suitable for framing and keeping in the family's history.

Funeral Service Foundation Consumer Assistance The Funeral Service Consumer Assistance Program (FSCAP) is a nonprofit consumer service created to help consumers in matters involving funeral service. We believe that you, the consumer, are your own best advocate when you are well- informed and we recognize your right to clear, compassionate, and accurate funeral service information. We provide practical assistance to help you plan a meaningful funeral, learn about the process of grief, find support groups and resources or address a concern or complaint about the quality of funeral service you have received. 


Funeral Service Foundation The Funeral Service Foundation, through charitable gifts and grants, provides resources for:

  • Career and professional development
  • The support of funeral service and allied professions
  • Public awareness and education
  • The improvement of children's lives


Association for Death Education and Counseling ADEC is one of the oldest interdisciplinary organizations in the field of dying, death and bereavement. The almost 2000 members are made up of a wide array of mental and medical health personnel, educators, clergy, funeral directors, and volunteers. ADEC offers numerous educational opportunities through its annual conference, courses and workshops, its new certification program, and via its acclaimed newsletter, The Forum. 


"Fédération Internationale des Associations de Thanatoloques" (FIAT) - "International Federation of Thanatologists Associations" (IFTA) The objectives and purposes of the Federation are as follows:

  1. To research and jointly study legal, moral, social and scientific issues relating to thanatological activities, especially with regard to services rendered in memorialization and disposition of deceased individuals;

  2. To promote international understanding and goodwill among the world's funeral service professionals and to achieve uniformed standards, rules, regulations and treaties for the cost efficient international repatriation of deceased individuals;

  3. To encourage and develop education in the field of embalming (thanatopraxy) throughout the world and achieve uniform standards and regulations in respect of embalming (thanatopraxy);

  4. To increase the level of the professional knowledge of funeral service practitioners by assembling and disseminating to those in the profession publications, articles, and other works related to thanatological issues; and

  5. To provide due respect and deference to the autonomy of national organisations and to avoid any interference in all matters pertaining to laws, regulations, customs and manners of individual nations.