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Funeral Directing and Embalming
Kris Chiles
Program Manager, Behavioral Health & Consumer Services

Funeral Directing is the counseling of families or next of kin in regard to the conduct of a funeral service for a dead human body for burial, disposition, or cremation or directing or supervising burial, disposition, or cremation of dead human bodies.

Funeral Directing is also:

  1. providing for or maintaining a funeral establishment, or
  2. the act of representing oneself as or using in connection with one's name the title of funeral director, mortician, or any other title implying that he or she is engaged in the business of funeral directing.

Cremation shall be considered as a final disposition of a dead human body the same as interment.

Embalming is the practice of preparing a dead human body for burial or other final disposal by a licensed funeral director and embalmer or an apprentice.

Embalming is also:

  1. obtaining burial or removal permits;
  2. assuming any of the other duties incident to the practice of embalming;
  3. the disinfection and preservation of dead human beings, entire or in part; and
  4. the attempted disinfection and preservation thereof by the use or application of chemical substances, fluids, or gases ordinarily used, prepared, or intended for such purposes, either by outward application of such chemical substances, fluids, or gases on the body or by introducing them into the body, by vascular or hypodermic injection, or by direct introduction into the organs or cavities.

Any person who publicly professes to be a funeral director and embalmer or an apprentice shall be deemed to be practicing embalming.

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