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TOPIC: What's the law about burying your own?

What's the law about burying your own? 08 May 2008 14:20 #44

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I've heard that anyone has the right to bury someone on their own property and that only cemeteries have regulations. If I own several acres of farmland, can I bury my own family there? It seems there would be very little regulations as to what happens in rural areas. Can anyone shed some truth on the matter?

Jo. :huh:
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Re:What's the law about burying your own? 29 May 2008 11:20 #52

Hi there,

The laws vary by state. Most state laws don't prohibit a burial on private property; they leave it up to the locality. So, you need to go to your zoning board to find out what regs, if any, govern home burials. Most localities will at least require that your land be rural.

Note that if you want to carry out the entire funeral process yourself without an undertaker, you can in most states too. The book "Caring for the Dead: Your Final Act of Love," by Lisa Carlson, is a state by state manual of how to do so. We sell it in our bookstore, and it's available at most libraries.

Josh Slocum
FCA Executive Director
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