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What are the burial specifications in the state of Oklahoma, McClain County. Specifically: are cardboard caskets allowed? Is there a requirement for an outside container (vault)? Depth of grave?

Hi there,

No states prohibit cardboard caskets.

Here's the link to the State of Oklahoma's FAQ on burial:

"Caskets and outside enclosures are not required by law.  A casket or alternative container (such as a cardboard box or unfinished wood box) is a practical necessity for transporting the body for burial or cremation."

Here's the link to Oklahoma's regulations list regarding cemeteries:

It's up to the cemetery that you work with to decide whether or not an outer burial container/vault is required. That same cemetery will be able to tell you how deep they bury, as well as how deep they are REQUIRED to bury. Shop around - usually there's a cemetery within a 50 mile radius that offers vault-free burial.

The Oklahoma Funeral Board should be able to answer questions, too, so they should be your next point of contact. You'll need to check directly with McClain County for any other details as they're not set up to field general public inquiries but will work with their local residents.

For other consumer-related issues you might encounter the Funeral Consumers Alliance of North Texas works with folks in Oklahoma, too: --- and is a great resource for information in general.

Good luck!



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