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Funerals 101

Do I Have To Use A Funeral Home?

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No -- unless you live in one of a very few states.

Before funeral providers took over, burials were taken care of by the family rather than commercial businesses. There are reports that family members received a healing satisfaction from the process.

If you are considering a "do-it-yourself" funeral:

  • Check the law in your state. Each state has its own regulations governing self-burial. For most states, everything from transportation to final disposition is within your power. As easy way to check the law in your state is to obtain a copy of the book: Caring For The Dead by Lisa Carlson. The book is available from Upper Access Publishers, offsite link (click on "books"), Tel.: 800.310.8320. $29.95 + shipping and handling. NOTE: Updates for information in Ms. Carlson's book can be found at: offsite link, click on "Your Legal Rights"
  • Get prior agreement from the people who will participate.

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