What You Need to Know About Funeral Planning

A funeral is an important event that marks the end of life. It is a time when friends and family come together to say goodbye and celebrate the life of the person who has died.

There are typically three options for the disposition of a body after death: burial, cremation, or donation to science. Each has its own set of associated costs.

However, not many people know this, but when someone dies, their body becomes quasi-property of the state, and they decide what to do with it. The deceased’s loved ones have a say in the matter, but they are not the ultimate decision-makers.

So, if you are responsible for planning a funeral, you need to know that laws govern funeral planning. These laws vary from state to state, but generally speaking, there are some things you must do and some things you cannot do when planning a funeral.

Here are some things you need to learn more about funeral planning.

1. You Must Contact the Deceased’s Next of Kin

When someone dies, the law requires that you notify the deceased’s next of kin. It’s typically the person’s spouse, parent, or child. You may be able to find this information in the deceased’s will or on their driver’s license.

The next of kin will have the final say in how the deceased is buried or cremated. They may also want to hold a memorial service or wake.

2. Use a Licensed Funeral Director to Plan a Funeral

In most states, you cannot embalm a body without a license. You also cannot bury or cremate a body without the services of a licensed funeral director. You will have to get a permit from the state funeral board.

3. Choose a Burial or Cremation Site

You will also need to choose a burial site or crematorium. In some cases, you may be able to bury the body on private property with the landowner’s permission. You will also need to select a casket or urn.

4. Register the Death and Obtain the Death Certificate

You must first register the death with the local authorities to plan a funeral. In most cases, you will also need to obtain a death certificate. This document is required to settle the deceased’s estate and get life insurance benefits, social security benefits, and other payments.

5. Choose Where to Hold a Wake or Memorial Service

The deceased’s loved ones may want to hold a wake or memorial service. It can be held at a funeral home, church, or other. You will need to make arrangements with the funeral home or other venue.

To Sum It Up

There are many important things to consider when planning a funeral. However, the pointers listed in this article will provide an excellent place to start. Freel free to check out this page if you would like to learn more about the funeral home regulatory agency in your state as well as the associated funeral planning laws.

 

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