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Grimes, Beagles honored for continuing to strive for highest standards of care

(Talk of the Town photo by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Randy Grimes, above at left, and Eddie Beagles, right, recently qualified for recertification for the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner, an honor bestowed by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

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Randy L. Grimes and Eddie P. Beagles, funeral directors with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City, have recently qualified for the recertification of the designation of Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.
A number of professions grant special recognition to members upon completion of specified academic and professional programs and “CFSP” is funeral service’s national individual recognition.
A select few have distinguished themselves among their peers within the funeral service profession as they continue their education to exceed the highest standards of care.  This achievement is especially notable because Grimes and Beagles have voluntarily elected to participate in quality educational and service opportunities that far surpass what the funeral service licensing board in Indiana requires.  Grimes and Beagles have committed to a program of lifelong learning to serve families in this community with the level of excellence expected of a CFSP.
Since its 1976 founding, has had as its goals:  1) to recognize those practitioners who have voluntarily entered into a program of personal and professional growth, 2) to raise and improve the standards of funeral service and 3) to encourage practitioners to make continuing education a life-long process in their own self-interest, the interest of the families they serve, and the community in which they serve.
To initially receive this award, the practitioner must complete a 180 hour program of continuing education activities and events.  In addition, the practitioner is required to accumulate 20 hours per year to recertify.  Credits are awarded by the Academy for work leading to personal and/or professional growth in four areas, including academic activities, professional activities, career review, community and civic activities.
DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home is Columbia City’s only funeral home to have 100% of its funeral director staff as Certified Practitioners by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.

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