Many funeral homes provide brochures which discuss funeral laws and regulations. Our purpose is to answer general questions about funerals. Please note that many of our responses are specific to laws in *Illinois*. Other states and countries may have different regulations.
No, Illinois law does not require embalming under any circumstances.
It preserves the body so that it can sanitarily be available for the funeral.
There is no such law. Cemeteries may require that some type of hard container house the casket to prevent cave-ins at the cemetery. Usually, a concrete box or a vault will meet cemetery requirements.
A properly sealed vault offers protection to the casket from water seepage and other elements.
No, it is not. Some type of container is required by the crematory to avoid directly handling the remains. It is true, however, that many people select a casket for the funeral and prefer that it be cremated with the remains.
Latest statistics indicate a nationwide average of about 33.5%. In Illinois, about 30% of all remains are cremated. The decision regarding cremation should reflect the wishes of the deceased. Other parts of the country have varying rates of cremation usage. Many who choose cremation also select a funeral service. Cremation is an alternative form of disposition.
Yes, you may do so, if you own the farm or have permission.
There is sufficient cemetery space, already dedicated, to bury those expected to die for the next one hundred years.