Welcome to the Orange County Funeral Directors Association (OCFDA), a non-profit organization comprised of mortuaries, funeral directors and businesses that primarily serve the funeral industry in Orange County, California

Featured Member
APRIS "A Company with Heart"

Don Gilmartin and Kurt Szalonek of APRIS
photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

We are very excited to share this vendor member spotlight with you. APRIS based in Corona, offers restoration services to repair damage from fire, water, crime and trauma all over southern California. Spend just a few minutes with Don Gilmartin or Kurt Szalonek and you will see for yourself how passionate they are about helping families through an incredibly stressful event that has left its mark within their home.

APRIS approach with new client families' echoes funeral service practices and that is exactly what they are aiming for. Don says that just like being a funeral director it is all about "talking less and listening more". They listen to the needs and wants of their families' and they do everything in their capacity to see those needs are met.

Kurt recounts helping a father who just lost his child and they needed to repair the bedroom. The father wanted everything exactly as it had been. Kurt spent days, countless phone calls and miles driving around searching for a distributor who still sold the 20-year old carpet. This is the level of commitment APRIS has to their clients.

Their experiences with helping families restore their home after a traumatic loss of life event has struck a chord in such a way that it is taking precedence over other restoration projects.

APRIS wants us to know they are here to set a higher standard within their industry. A part of this high standard is employing knowledgeable, empathetic and professional employees that are trained in trauma intervention. They understand that the first interaction with a family in grief is crucial in establishing a trusting relationship with them.

Kurt Szalonek pictured with support items they keep in their truck, including
blankets, socks, shoes, stuffed animals for children, water, and snacks.
photo by Steven Georges/Behind the Badge OC

Currently most of APRIS referrals come directly from law enforcement (Peralta, Behind the Badge). Their goal is to expand their network and establish relationships with funeral homes all over Southern California so funeral directors have a trauma cleanup company they can trust.

Keep an eye on APRIS in the next months as they unveil a whole new "look"!

From all of us at OCFDA thank you APRIS thank you for your service and thank you for your support. We are looking forward to what is in store! Make sure to say hello to an APRIS representative at our next event.

Featured Members

Code of Ethics:

As OCFDA members we commit to follow a strong code of ethics:
To set an example of good citizenship by honesty and fairness in all dealings.
To perform all services in a dignified and respectful manner.
To respect the confidence of each family served.
To be ever-mindful of the welfare of co-workers.
To observe all public health laws and support enactment of all just laws pertaining to the mortuary profession.
To encourage the advancement of all facets of funeral service.
To extend any assistance necessary in offering service in individual cases of actual hardship.
To conduct all services in a manner that will assist in meeting the needs of the decedent, both religious and personal of all those served.
To cooperate and deal fairly with other funeral directors.

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