Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services Earns Selected Independent Funeral Homes Membership

DEERFIELD, Ill., July 1, 2012 – Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services of Las Vegas, NV recently earned membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes, an international association of premier, independently owned and operated funeral homes.

“We are pleased to welcome Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services to our association,” said Selected Independent Funeral Homes Executive Director, Robert J. Paterkiewicz. “Affiliation with Selected Independent Funeral Homes is considered an honor because of the high standards of funeral service that are required to receive an invitation to become a member.”

Founded in 1917 as National Selected Morticians, Selected Independent Funeral Homes is an international association of approximately 1,500 independent funeral service establishments, which are operated by persons with integrity, good moral character, professional ability of a high level and who are dedicated to the principle that their calling involves special responsibilities to society.

As an active and leading association, Selected Independent Funeral Homes focuses on four essential purposes:

To study, develop and establish the highest standards of service for the benefit of the public; to provide a continuing forum for the exchange, development and dissemination of knowledge and information beneficial to members and the public; to furnish information to members and the public regarding all aspects of funeral service; and to cooperate with organizations, public and private, to achieve these purposes.

Membership in Selected Independent Funeral Homes is by invitation and is extended only after a thorough review of character, service, performance and facilities. One primary condition of membership is adherence to the association’s “Code of Good Funeral Practice.” The 11 provisions of the Code clearly outline the key principles of honesty, respect and trust that are expected of members. Failure to observe the Code’s provisions could result in termination of membership.

“As independently owned and operated firms, our members are truly vested in their communities,” Paterkiewicz said. “Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services, like all our members, takes seriously their responsibility and dedication to providing the best possible funeral service to their friends and neighbors.”

Wendy Kraft and Laura Sussman opened Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services in 2009 to provide a personal, family-owned alternative to the large, corporate chains in Southern Nevada.  Because of their compassionate, high-quality and low-pressure philosophy, they have quickly become the highest rated funeral home in the Southern Nevada community. They are the only funeral home, in the entire state of Nevada, who has current membership in this prestigious organization.

The Executive Headquarters’ office of Selected Independent Funeral Homes is located in Deerfield, IL. In addition to members in the United States, elected member funeral homes are located in Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland Wales, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, Sri Lanka, Guam and the Philippines.