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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.

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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Requirements for Preceptors

Our funeral home would like to engage another intern to bring into our practice. I am already the preceptor for one intern. We employ another funeral director, who has been licensed for a little more than a year. Can she serve as a preceptor for...
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What Happens When a Couple Disagrees on Disposition?

A happily married couple came to our funeral home to make pre-arrangements. The husband wishes to be cremated, but the wife is completely against that, saying there is no way she would authorize cremation if he died first. Is there a means by...
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Do I Need to Have My License at a Disposition?

When I brought a body to the cemetery for burial, cemetery personnel asked to see my license. I didn’t have it with me, and they refused to allow me to proceed. I’ve done business with this cemetery for years. Can they do this?
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