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i read your post regarding transporting a family member's remains from TX to IL.  along the same premise, i have a few questions.  in this case, the family member is being transported from SC to VA for 3 months of storage in preparation for a military burial at arlington.  the body has already been embalmed and is being stored in a casket in SC.  the funeral service has been completed.  to save money, a family member is willing to drive a personal cargo van from SC to VA.  what is the process for a family member to transport the body in the casket to the storage location in VA?

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For transport, all that is needed is the Burial-transit Permit which the funeral director can supply. A copy of the death certificate may be helpful at some point. Make sure that Arlington has all the necessary paperwork, too, like the DD214 discharge papers and so forth.  

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Lisa Carlson

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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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