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What documents and legal requirements do you need for a cremation service?

Planning a cremation service involves more than picking out an urn – you should also familiarize yourself with legal requirements, documents, and potential religious obligations.

Here are some key considerations for planning cremation services near Hayward, CA.

State-Specific Cremation Laws & Religious Regulations

California law regulates the scattering of remains, the transport of cremated remains, and the types of urns that can be used.

  • Obtain permission from the property owner or governing agency (national park, for example) before scattering remains.
  • When transporting remains, use a shipping container that meets U.S. Postal Service (or other agency) standards.

You may also have religious guidelines to consider.

For example, cremation was prohibited by the Catholic Church until 1963. Although the Church allows cremation today, the remains must be buried or placed in a mausoleum or columbarium instead of scattered or kept at home. Check with your church leaders before planning a cremation service.

Crematory Standards and Regulations

What are the crematorium’s standards and regulations? Strict regulations should be in place, including the chamber specifications, the handling and identification of the deceased and the disposal of any materials left over after cremation.

Other Options and Considerations

You can usually choose from a traditional funeral service with viewing before the cremation or opt for direct cremation without formal services. Of note:

  • A traditional service with a viewing allows family and friends to pay their final respects before cremation. However, this may come with additional costs.
  • A direct cremation without formal services offers a more simple and affordable option. It typically involves the transportation of the deceased to the crematory for immediate cremation without a formal viewing or funeral service beforehand. This may be preferred for those who prioritize simplicity and affordability.

If you’re unfamiliar with the cremation process or have more questions, contact Holy Sepulchre Cemetery & Funeral Center, a funeral home or faith-based funeral support service.