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The New Jersey State Funeral Directors Association offers a Manager of the Day Program that provides guidance on funeral service and industry-related questions and concerns.

Below are some matters that were brought to the attention of the Manager of the Day team in recent months.

Using the Funeral Agent Form

Q. A family seeking to make prearrangements for their mother brought in a piece of paper with language approximating the New Jersey Cemetery Board funeral agent form, signed by the intended funeral recipient and two witnesses. It was not...
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Can I Get Business Cards for Unlicensed Employees?

I’ve been considering getting business cards for several of my funeral home’s workers who are not licensed. Is this allowed? Are there any restrictions?

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Using Another Mortuary’s Facilities

I may need to rent another mortuary’s facilities for some cases that I cannot accommodate within my own building. I’m a little confused after reading N.J.A.C. 13:36-4.13. Do I need to notify the mortuary board every time I use another...
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Making Removals Without Authorization

A nursing home near our funeral home often calls us to make removals of patients, some of whom either have no next of kin or have relatives who have not been contacted. We have tried to be accommodating, even making the removals in the middle of...
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Can You Remove a Tattoo in Your Funeral Home?

I recently saw a story in The New York Times which said that “Funeral laws in 49 states–the exception is Washington–allow” the removal and preservation of tattoos. Does this mean I can do this in my funeral...
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Who Is Entitled to Receive Death Certificates?

I handled arrangements for a woman whose husband had the right to control her disposition. Now, the woman’s two sons from her first marriage are asking me to supply them with copies of her death certificate. Should I get copies for the sons?
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