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National Funeral Directors Association: A Message of Support for the Families of the Victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

For Immediate Release: July 23, 2014

Brookfield, Wis. – The members of the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) extend sincere condolences to the families of those who were killed aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17.

Delaying the identification and return of victims' bodies causes additional pain and grief to those who mourn. NFDA urges all parties to demonstrate compassion to victims' families by returning the bodies of those who died as swiftly possible so that grieving family and friends can lay their loved ones to rest and begin the healing process.

NFDA is the world's leading and largest funeral service association, serving 19,700 individual members who represent more than 10,000 funeral homes in the United States and 39 countries around the world. NFDA is the trusted leader, beacon for ethics and the strongest advocate for the profession. NFDA is the association of choice because it offers funeral professionals comprehensive educational resources, tools to manage successful businesses, guidance to become pillars in their communities and the expertise to foster future generations of funeral professionals. NFDA is headquartered in Brookfield, Wis., and has an office in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit

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