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My Dad, who is 82 this month and not in the best of health, would like to bring his parents bodies to NJ to be cremated with him when he dies.  What is needed to do this and what is the typical expense for disinterring and transporting a body?

Answer
It would be far less expensive to cremate the bodies near where they are buried now. The caskets likely have rusted out or fallen apart, so if shipping a whole body, a new casket might be required. I'm guessing $3,000 to $5,000 each if shipping whole bodies. Disinterment followed by a simple cremation might be only $2,000 to $2,500 each. Get estimates from at least three funeral homes in each location.

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Funeral Law. Having written a 512-page book on funeral law for consumers with state-by-state information, I am very conversant with consumer rights in this regard: What are the laws on disposition of cremated remains? Is embalming required? Do I have to use a funeral home? Can I have a home wake? Is it a state law to buy a vault? I prepaid for a funeral but changed my mind. They won`t give me all my money back. What can I do? . . . If you have an immediate need for information because a death has just occurred or is about to occur, you may call me at 802-482-6021.

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I have monitored the funeral industry on behalf of consumers for over 20 years. I have been a guest speaker to funeral trade organizations, consumer workshops, and social service professionals. I am regularly consulted by lawyers and legislators as well as journalists.

Organizations
Funeral Ethics Organization (www.funeralethics.org) Funeral Consumers Alliance (www.funerals.org)

Publications
Caring for Your Own Dead (1987) Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love (1998) I Died Laughing: Funeral Education with a Light Touch (2001) Final Rights: Reclaiming the American Way of Death (2011) with co-author Joshua Slocum

Education/Credentials
Masters degree in Administration and Special Education

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Available as an expert witness for funeral-related court cases.

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