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Ashes to ashes, dust to cremation regulation

February 04, 2019 - 3:15 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Houston woman received a teddy bear in a white elephant holiday gift exchange, but the bear's stuffing felt like pebbles when she squeezed it. Plus, the words "Neptune Society" were stitched on the bear's foot, so she did some research.

She found out the name is actually a company that provides cremation services, and its storage options include — you guessed it — a teddy bear.  

She is now trying to track down the family who put the bear in an estate sale, where the gift giver had bought it.  

There are laws on where and how to bury a body, but what are the labeling, storage, or burial requirements for cremated remains? In most counties, a body can't legally be cremated until there is a death certificate signed by a medical examiner, a funeral director, and a county registrar.  

The method of cremation is also regulated. But once cremated, there are no laws on how the ashes must be labeled when they are given to the family. Instead, it is up to the funeral home and family to decide whether you want an ornate or bare-bones container.