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Minnesota Cremation

minnesota cremationThinking about a Minnesota cremation? There are cremation laws and information that are unique to Minnesota. For example:

Some Minnesota cremation laws

  • specific consent is needed for a cremation
  • if the decision to cremate was not spelled out by the decedent, Minnesota cremation laws stipulate that the next of kin can decide whether to cremate or not
  • you do not have to embalm the body before a Minnesota cremation
  • Minnesota cremation laws also stipulate that the body must be in an appropriate container or on a rigid tray with an impermeable pouch or sheet when delivered to the crematory
  • you cannot cremate a human body if you don't have a license

Interesting tidbits about cremation - in Minnesota and in general

  • Minnesota cremation has almost doubled in the last 10 years, going from a rate of 26.5% in 1998 to 44.6% in 2008.
  • Minnesota is one of the leaders in cremation rates - well over the national average of 35%
  • Minnesota is one of the few states where a water-based alternative to cremation, called alkaline hydrolysis is allowed. Alkaline hydrolysis is a process of dissolving bodies through alkaline hydrolysis, a process that involves heat, water and alkali. The bones that are left are then pulverized (as is done in a traditional cremation), and returned to the next of kin. It is said to be a greener way of cremation.
  • Cremations occurred in the Midwest as early as 1000-500 BC. In Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa, Ohio, Illinois, and possibly southeastern Minnesota, cremation evidence has been found during the late Archaic period of American human existence.

Ask any questions you might have about Minnesota cremations - let us all find out more about cremation in Minnesota.

Related Questions and Answers

We received a question about a written directive with cremation wishes:

 I would like to know if I have a written directive on file at a funeral home stating I want to be cremated, can my family change that after my death?

Good question - there are many that want to ensure their final wishes are carried out - including their wishes for burial or cremation.

According to Minnesota cremation law:

Cremation preplanningWe received a great question the other day:

"We moved my in-laws in with us to Detroit Lakes, MN, and they both want to be cremated. We are trying to plan final arrangements so they can get what they want. What are the best steps to take towards this?"

Lakewood Cemetery Chapel, located with the cemetery at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis MN is available at no cost for those people who have their cremated or casketed remains interred at the cemetery. There also is no charge when Lakewood Cemetery performs the actual cremation process.  Some Cemeteries, including Lakewood , operate a licenced crematory in the lower level of the Lakewood Cemetery Chapel.

I want my family to know that I want to be cremated when I pass away.  How do I go about this so it is in writing and that they will follow my wishes?  Should I do this in a legal document and if so, how?

My mother passed 8 yrs ago and was cremated. when I went to visit her I found the plaque missing from her rock, went back the next day and the manager sat me down and to my disgust she told me they put her with someone else. I broke down in tears and left. When I went back 2 days later to find her rock moved aside, a pile of dirt and a hole in the ground.They dug her back up without permission. what can i do from here?

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