Transporting Human Remains

By: Vito Arahovites
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The death of a loved one is always a difficult time, and making funeral arrangements is a tough process, and that’s without added complications like having to transport human remains to a different city or state for the funeral service.

The grief and sadness you feel at the loss of a loved one can be overwhelming, and it may often seem like you have nowhere to turn when you have questions about planning and organizing a funeral, especially if you need to move the body first. But many funeral homes are quite experienced with the transportation of human remains, and all you need to do is make a single phone call to get the process in motion.

Who to Call When You Need to Transport Remains

If your loved one passes away in a different state from where the viewing and funeral (or memorial) service will be held, you don’t have to worry about shipping the remains or stressing over how to get your loved one home. In fact, you don’t even need to contact multiple funeral homes to make arrangements for the transportation of the body. As long as the viewing and funeral will all be taking place in the state where your loved one will end up, you only need to contact the funeral home that will be arranging the funeral where your loved one’s final wishes will be carried out.

In fact, many funeral homes even offer funeral packages that can include the transfer of remains from the place of passing to the final resting place. And because funeral homes have experience with funeral shipping, they can make sure that the remains are transported in a proper shipping container rather than a casket, which can become damaged during the transportation process.

Why Would Someone Need to Transport a Body?

There are many reasons why a family might need to transport the remains of a loved one after death. For members of the military, they can choose to be buried in any national cemetery, provided there is space. In that instance, the family may wish to transfer the body and hold the funeral service at the final resting place.

Another reason you may need to transport human remains is because the chosen resting place of the deceased is in a different state, perhaps because that’s where a family plot is located, where a spouse or child is buried, or because that location had special significance to the deceased.

Arranging a funeral and coping with the loss of a loved one is difficult enough without the added stress of having to transfer your loved one’s body for the funeral. Instead of trying to plan it yourself, consider letting an experienced funeral home organize the transportation of your loved one. With a single phone call, you can discuss the packages that include funeral shipping, and get the ball rolling to get your loved one safely to his or her final resting place.

If you have any questions about this article, please feel free to contact us at any time.

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