Funerals/home burial

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I would like to be buried on my own rural property in Texas.What are the requirements  for transporting my body if not at home,and any other requirements?
Thank you for any information.
   Sharon

Answer
You can download the Texas chapter from "Final Rights" from the Bookstore at www.funerals.org for only $5. That will walk you thro' the process, how to file the death certificate, etc. The Texas Funeral Service Commission also has info on home burial--http://www.tfsc.state.tx.us/--go to "Cemeteries." It is a good practice to draw a map of the land showing where the family graveyard will be and pay to have it recorded with the deed. A good practice is 150 ft. from a water supply and 25 ft. from a boundary or power line. The top of the casket must be at least two feet under.

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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

Past/Present Clients
Available as an expert witness for funeral-related court cases.

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