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Is there any group working to revoke the NY State law that mandates the involvement of a funeral director to transport a dead body? I know most states no longer have this law and wonder why NY still does. Many thanks.

Answer
Actually, NY permits a non-FD to *transport* the body. That said, it requires a funeral director to file the paperwork and to oversee the final disposition.

The Funeral Consumer Alliance groups have tossed this idea around for some time, to get rid of any FD requirements. Check with the one in Albany and the one on Long Island -- http://www.funerals.org/affiliates-directory#NY

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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.

Experience

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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