Unclaimed Cremated Remains
As a reminder, linked below is a Bulletin issued by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs ("LARA") summarizing the statute for providing a proper disposition of unclaimed cremated remains.
If you do not take advantage of this procedure, LARA recommends the following with regard to handling and storage of unclaimed cremated remains:
"Until cremated remains are claimed by a family member of the deceased or a licensee proceeds with the final disposition of unclaimed cremated remains as outlined in the Occupational Code, these remains should be treated and stored with the utmost respect and dignity. This includes, at a minimum, ensuring that they are properly labeled and stored off the floor in a manner that ensures they will not be at risk of damage from fluids or pests. It is recommended that they be stored in a designated, single-purpose room. At a minimum they should not be stored in the embalming or preparation room or in a location accessible to members of the public. Licensees should maintain thorough and organized records of all cremated remains in their possession including the name of the deceased, date of death, veteran status designation, and any contact information for the deceased's next of kin."
As always, feel free to contact me with any comments, questions or concerns.
Philip K. Douma