Funeral Arrangements at Home?
There is a common misconception that funeral arrangements, including any preparation and temporary custody of the body prior to its final disposition, must be handled by a commercial funeral home. That is simply not the case. There is no legal requirement that the body must be held in a funeral home or that the decedent’s loved ones must retain a licensed funeral director to make or carry out any final arrangements. In Vermont, as in all states, it is perfectly legal to perform home funerals. As plainly stated by the Vermont Department of Health, “Vermont allows families to care for their dead.” This means that families, if they so choose, can legally transport the deceased, if necessary, and the body of a loved one can remain in a private home prior to burial, cremation, or anatomical donation, and if certain requirements are met, burials are permitted on private property.