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Funerals 101

How To Have A Funeral At Home

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Having a funeral at home is less expensive than a traditional funeral and more personal.

On a personal level

  • Family members are personally involved in preparing the decedent for burial. Family members wash and dress the deceased for burial. 
  • The decedent is in a home setting, allowing family and friends to visit at all hours in a familiar setting.
  • Family members can build the coffin and conduct the funeral service. 

Legal requirements

A death certificate must be obtained. This is usually from the doctor who took care of the deceased at the end of life or from the decedent' s primary care doctor.

A transit permit must be obtained from the Department of Health to move the body (from a hospital to home, and from the home to a cemetery or cremattory.

Some areas permit burial at home.

According to Funeral Consumers Alliance, the following states require the involvement of a funeral director:

  • Connecticut
  • Indiana
  • Louisiana
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • New York


In all states except Connecticut, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska and New York, 

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