Funeral FAQ's

Many of our member firm funeral homes provide brochures which discuss funeral laws and regulations. Our purpose is to answer general questions about funerals. Please note that many of our responses are given according to NC Law. Other states and countries may have different regulations.

Does the law require that a deceased human body be embalmed?

No, NC does not require by law that a deceased human body be embalmed. However, circumstances may arise that will require embalming by law, such as, public viewing, delayed interment, funeral home policies. Although, it may not be law, some funeral homes have policies about holding un-embalmed bodies for an extensive time period.

What is the purpose of embalming?

Embalming provides cleansing, disinfection to prevent spread of any communicable diseases, and preservation of the body. Any time a public visitation is held, the body must then be embalmed.

Is there a law which requires that caskets be placed in vaults prior to burial?

NC Law does not require that caskets be placed in burial vaults or outer containers. However, cemeteries have the right and authority to require that an outer burial container of vault be used for their particular cemetery. We invite you to contact or visit your local cemetery of preference to learn their requirements for outer burial containers.

Why would I choose an Outer Burial Container or Vault?

Although not required, many people choose the selection of an outer burial container or vault for peace-of-mind knowing that their loved one is protected from underground rodents or seepage caused by water or other elements.

Is a casket required by law when a deceased human body is to be cremated?

NC law does not require a casket for cremation. However, it does require the use of an alternative container of some type. This alternative container is required to avoid directly handling the remains and for dignity and respect to your loved one during the placement into the crematory retort. Although, many people select a casket for the funeral or viewing prior to a cremation and prefer that it be cremated with the remains.

Can I inter a loved one on my own property?

There are certain restrictions for burying a loved one on your property. It is advised to contact your local health department or town ordinance office to learn of the restrictions and rules within your particular desires.

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