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International and State Transfers

If you want to be buried in a state other than the state of your death, you should become educated about your options. Advanced planning saves your loved ones a lot of trouble and reduces the potential for legal disputes that could arise after death.

Transporting a body across state lines isn’t an issue that has been highly litigated and therefore attorneys aren’t necessarily the best experts to provide

practical advice in this area. Furthermore, the states do not have uniform laws but rather they do vary from state to state.

There is information you can gather on your own:

  • Contact the us and/or cemetery involved. Find out what they can do to assist you in the process.
  • Find out if only one funeral home and/or cemetery has to become involved in the process. Perhaps the paperwork can be performed at only one end of the journey, thereby reducing costs.
  • Ask how the body has to be prepared for transport. Typically, a body will need to be embalmed before it can be transported across state lines.  However, if the body is being transported within the state or for a short time, it may not have to be embalmed.
  • Find out about any permits and paperwork required.

Once the body has been properly prepared and packaged, it can typically be transported in any vehicle large enough to carry it.  Choose who will transport the body to its resting place.  If a loved one is chosen, then this should be discussed with a funeral director so that a transportation agent can be designated and appropriate permits and paperwork can be provided.

Seek our guidance at Shuler’s Memorial Services we have the knowledge and experience to provide the practical advice to plan for a peaceful journey to the final resting place.