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From: "bernie moore knowles" <>
Subject: Re: [ARIZARD-L] Embalming - Tony
Date: Thu, 13 Jun 2002 19:38:00 -0700
By golly, I think that you covered all our questions!
What do you all think are the odds of a physician being called upon
Rebecca's death in 1920? I am sure that she probably died at home. Think
the family was allowed to just bury her, without a death certificate?
I have been to the area that she lived in........her last home. Or at least
I was told that the Blankenships thought that this is where she was living,
near the Wilkerson Cemetery. As I recall, it did not appear to a "back in
the woods type of environment."
Appreciate your imput, Tony.
"I have Indian blood in me. I have just enough White blood for you to
question my honesty." ........Will Rogers
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tony" <>
Sent: Thursday, June 13, 2002 6:33 PM
Subject: [ARIZARD-L] Embalming
> Regulations regarding embalming vary from state to state. I'm including a
few examples below that can be found by searching the state board sites that
regulate funeral directors.
> Statute 17-29-311. Violations - Prohibitions
> (f) All dead human bodies not buried or otherwise disposed of within
twenty-four (24) hours after death shall be embalmed as prescribed in this
subchapter or A7 17-29-201 et seq. or stored under refrigeration as
determined by the State Board of Health.
> The law does not require embalming. However, a funeral establishment must
refrigerate an unembalmed body in its possession within 24 hours if
disposition by burial or cremation does not otherwise take place. As a
practical matter, however, you may wish to authorize embalming if there will
be a delay before a public viewing period. Keep in mind that embalming does
not prevent decomposition of a body.
> (NOTE: A coroner may require embalming in certain circumstances.)
> The law does not prohibit consumers from preparing their own dead for
disposition. If you choose to do this, you must:
> a.. File a properly completed Certificate of Death, signed by the
attending physician or coroner, with the local registrar of births and
> b.. Obtain a Permit for Disposition from the local registrar of births
> c.. Provide a casket or suitable container
> d.. Make arrangements directly with the cemetery or crematory
> (NOTE: Human remains may be kept at home until disposition without
embalming or refrigeration. Generally, decomposition will proceed more
rapidly without refrigeration or embalming.)
> Statute 12-54-111. Embalming or refrigeration of bodies required.
> (1) and (2) Repealed.
> (3) All dead human bodies kept more than twenty-four hours before
final disposal shall be embalmed or shall be properly refrigerated. A dead
human body which is properly interred or cremated within twenty four hours
of death shall not be subject to this part 1.
> A body dead from any cause may be interred or cremated without embalming
if interment or cremation is within 24 hours of death. A reasonable period
of time beyond 24 hours may be permitted if: (a) Religious beliefs, laws or
customs do not permit transportation or interments on Sabbath or holy days;
and (b) No health hazard or nuisance will result from such delay. A body
dead from any cause other than infectious or contagious disease may be
interred or cremated without embalming if embalming would violate personal
or religious beliefs and no health hazard or nuisance will result. An
unembalmed body may be retained in storage at a constant temperature of less
than 40 degrees fahrenheit.
> When that body is removed from storage and transported, the body shall
reach its final destination within 24 hours following removal from storage.
If the body is placed in a metal or metal-lined hermetically sealed
container immediately after death, the body may be considered, for the
purpose of transporting, an embalmed body.
> Because of the rapid deterioration of a body after death, many funeral
homes may have a policy of requiring embalming for those people desiring
open casket funerals.
> Bodies dead of certain (defined by the Kansas Department of Health &
Environment, K.A.R.28-1-2) infectious or contagious disease must be handled
and prepared by a licensed Kansas embalmer. If cremation will occur within
24 hours following death, a body that is unembalmed shall be placed in a
suitable combustible container prior to cremation. If burial will occur
within 24 hours, a body that is unembalmed shall be placed in a metal-lined,
hermetically sealed container prior to burial.
> Otherwise, the body shall be embalmed and placed in a casket or suitable
combustible container prior to transporting and burial. K.A.R. 63-3-10
addresses death from infectious or contagious diseases.
> Except in certain cases, embalming is not required by law. Embalming may
be necessary, however, if you select certain funeral arrangements.
> The most common reason for embalming is public viewing.
> Embalming is required by Minnesota Statute 149A.91, subdivision 3 in the
> If the body will be transported by public transportation
> If the final disposition will not be accomplished within 72 hours
> If the body will be publicly viewed
> If so ordered by the commissioner of health for the protection of the
> Texas law does not require embalming at any time. Most common carriers
will require that a body be embalmed prior to shipping and the laws of the
destination state will apply. Because of the rapid deterioration of a body
after death, many funeral homes have a policy of requiring embalming for
bodies held over 24 hours for those people desiring open casket funerals.
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