Cemetery FAQs

Can a funeral director also be a cemetery salesperson?

According to N.J.A.C. 13:44J-10.7,“a cemetery salesperson shall not engage during active licensure as a cemetery salesperson in any activity prohibited by N.J.S.A. 45:27-16(c) including: the manufacture or sale of memorials; the manufacture or sale of private mausoleums; the manufacture or sale of vaults, including vaults installed in a grave before or after sale and vaults joined with each other in the ground; and the conduct of any funeral home or the business or profession of mortuary science.”

Is a licensed funeral director required at disposition?

While all states vary, in New Jersey a licensed funeral director employed or hired by the funeral home handling the arrangements must be present at disposition. That means he or she must accompany the body to the cemetery and/or crematory.

Can any cemetery request copies of death certificates?

No. N.J.S.A. 26:8-62 lists the individuals that are permitted to receive death certificates. Since the death certificate contains personal information, a funeral director should not distribute copies to anyone except those listed in the law. Cemeteries will need a burial, cremation or disinterment permit in order to conduct disposition services.

Does a cemetery need a death certificate for temporary entombment?

No, a cemetery does not need a copy of a death certificate for temporary entombment. The cemetery will need the following information: decedent’s full name and date of death as stated on the death certificate; the full name, mailing address and telephone number of the responsible next of kin and the name of the designated licensed funeral director or funeral establishment whose name appears on the death certificate and burial permit.