Frequent Questions: Legal Issues

Do I have to use a vault?

There are no laws at this time that require the use of an outer receptacle or vault to place the casket in. However, most cemeteries require that an outer receptacle be used. This can be a grave liner made of concrete, which provides support for the earth above the casket, or a scaled vault made of concrete, steel, and lined with strentex, marble, or stainless steel, or copper and bronze. Some cemeteries require the use of a sealed vault.

Is embalming required by law?

New York State does not require embalming, although it may be required if the remains are to be viewed at the funeral home, or if not embalming could create a public health hazard.