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Cremation after body has been buried for 2 years


If a body has been buried for a 2-year period, is it then possible to have them cremated? Also, where do I address some serious complaints about a funeral home?

Yes, it is possible to have a body cremated even after earth burial has already taken place. This does happen occasionally but not very often. First of all, you need to find out if your state requires a special permit for disinterment. Some do and some don't. In either case this procedure still has to be authorized by closest next-of-kin. Secondly, the cremation has to be authorized by the closest next-of-kin and possibly a permit obtained from the county coroner, depending on the state in which you reside. Your local funeral director can help you secure all the proper legal documents as well as make arrangements for the disinterment and cremation.

Regarding the second part of your question about funeral home complaints: Nearly every state has a regulatory agency responsible for licensing and supervision of funeral establishments. In Kansas, where I am licensed, it is the Kansas State Board of Mortuary Arts. Most other state agencies have similar names. You should be able to locate them via the internet.

-- Kevin Stockham, CFSP

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