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Home Funerals

Home Funerals in California:

  • The use of a funeral home or funeral director is not required by law when preparing a body for disposition. You can arrange for your body, or that of a loved one, to be cared for and prepared for disposition by family and friends at home.
  • There are no preservation time requirements for home funerals, but use of dry ice is recommended if keeping the deceased at home for more than a few hours.
  • If you choose home death care in CA, you must:
    • File a completed Certificate of Death, signed by the attending physician or coroner, with the local registrar of births and deaths.
    • Obtain a Permit for Disposition from the local registrar of births and deaths. (Your local county health department may be able to help you file a Certificate of Death and/or a Permit for Disposition.)
    • Provide a casket or other suitable container.
    • Make arrangements directly with a cemetery or crematory.