Helping to Ensure Proper Jewish Burials and Preventing Cremations
We sometimes receive calls regarding cremation, where someone Jewish has died and someone involved seeks to cremate the body rather than arrange for a proper Jewish burial. In some cases, someone involved seeks to bury the body in a non-Jewish cemetery, or in some other way that is contrary to halacha. Unless the decedent left clear legally binding instructions as to who should be in charge of his or her remains, each state has laws dictating who has that responsibility, which can sometimes be helpful in enabling those seeking a proper Jewish burial to prevail. Here is a very useful summary of the relevant statutes.