Legalities of Home and Family-Directed Funerals

In most states, following a death, a family member, agent holding a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care (DPAHC), or designated agent has a right to:

  • Act in lieu of a funeral director and take charge of the funeral
  • Make all of the decisions and orchestrate funeral arrangements
  • Create a personal, unique and intimate ceremony
  • Revive old customs and traditions while creating new ones
  • An environmentally friendly disposition (cremation or burial)
  • Carry out an ecologically conscious (green) death
  • Affordable choices for after-death care and disposition

To research the laws regarding home or family-directed funerals in your state, please visit the website of the Funeral Ethics Organization.