1. What is
is the process of chemically treating the dead
human body to reduce the presence and growth of
microorganisms, to reduce organic decomposition,
and to restore an acceptable physical
2. Is Embalming required
certain cases, embalming is not required by law.
If you select certain funeral arrangements, such
as a funeral with viewing embalming may be
3. If I choose cremation,
is it possible to have a viewing and a funeral
there are many options available for cremation
services. You may choose to have an open casket
with public viewing and a funeral service before
cremation takes place.
4. How do I
pre-arrange my funeral?
a couple of options. You can speak with your
funeral director, or if you do not want to speak
with a funeral director, a free Family
Considerations Planning Guide is available at
J.C. Green & Sons Funeral Home that will enable
you to write down your wishes. If you would like
a Free copy please call or come by or you can
fill out our
contact us form.
5. Are my
people move to another town or simply change
their preference of funeral homes. North
Carolina law allows for pre-need transfers from
one funeral home to another.
6. Is a
vault (other burial container) required by law?
Carolina law does not require a vault, however,
most cemeteries require a grave liner or a
burial vault. In most areas of the country,
state or local laws do not require that you
purchase a container to surround the casket in
7. If I didnít prearrange
my funeral, who has the authority to make
arrangements for me?
deceased did not pre-arrange their funeral prior
to his or her death North Carolina General
Statue 90-210.44 sets the order of persons who
have the right to make this decision:
surviving spouse, majority of the surviving
children, Surviving parents, majority of the
surviving siblings, majority of the persons in
the classes of the next degrees of kinship, in
descending order, who would inherit from the
decedent, if he or she died without a will. A
person who has shown special care and concern
for the decedent and who is willing and able to
make decisions about the disposition. This
statue doesnít settle all problems. For example,
if there are four children, and they vote two
and two, either they will have to reason among
themselves further and work out their
differences or they will have to take their
dispute to court. The statue sets out the order
of persons who have the right to make decisions
concerning the disposition of the body for
cremation or a traditional service or any other
type of service.