Our Duty of Care Standards
Many Funeral homes require embalming if you're planning a viewing or visitation. Embalming is not necessary or legally required if the body is buried or cremated shortly after death.
If you do not want embalming, you usually have the right to choose an arrangement that does not require that you pay for it, such as direct cremation or immediate burial. Eliminating this service can save you hundreds of dollars.
Under the funeral rule, a funeral provider:
May not provide embalming services without permission
May not falsely state that embalming is required by law
Must disclose in writing that embalming is not required by law, except in certain special cases
May not charge a fee for unauthorized embalming unless embalming is required by state law
Must disclose in writing that you usually have the right to choose a disposition, such as direct cremation or immediate burial, that does not require embalming if you do not want this service.
Must disclose in writing that some funeral arrangements, such as a funeral with viewing, may make embalming a practical necessity and, if so, a required purchase.