Transfer: The deceased should be transferred from the place of death or from the facility within two hours of receiving the notification whenever possible. Failing that, as soon as is practical.
Covering: The deceased is to remain covered by clothing or a gown before the cremation to retain the deceased’s dignity.
Identification: The deceased is to be identified accurately using a positive identification system.
Preparation: The deceased is to be correctly handled at all times in accordance with mortuary standards and procedures as described by the government and other regulatory authorities. This includes a review of all cremation paperwork and the signing of the cremation order by a licensed funeral director.
Belongings: All personal possessions are to be removed, documented and returned to the next-of-kin or Authorizing Agent.
Cremation: A licensed funeral director will verify the documentation prior to scheduling the cremation. Only one body is to be cremated at a time to retain the integrity of the remains, and a certified crematory operator will be present during the entire process. The name of the deceased, the date and time of the cremation, identification number, and any other data relating to the cremation is to be entered in the cremation log book.
Cremated Remains: The cremated remains are to be handled with the utmost respect. Disposition of the cremated remains takes place according to the instructions of the Authorizing Agent.