Funerals/Private burial

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I had an inquirey about the requirements of a single burial on the pending decedent's family farm in Kentucky. The pending decedent and family have requested no embalming, just a private family service and direct burial on the farm. We are looking at days at best.

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Stephen

Answer
That should be permissible. To bypass the funeral industry entirely, go to www.funerals.org and download the KY chapter from the Bookstore for only $5. It will walk you through the process and how to file the death certificate.

As for the family burial ground, a good practice is 150 ft. from a water supply and 25 ft. from a power line or boundary. You can draw a map of the land showing where it will be and pay to have it recorded with the deed. That's a polite notification to future land-owners.

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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

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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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