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Laws About What Has To Happen After Someone Dies

Most of us have thought, at least at one point, about what happens to our bodies after death. Depending on your culture and spiritual background, you may prefer anything from a traditional casket burial to a massive funeral pyre. Funeral practices around the world, however, are subject to death laws. Legal constraints for burial and cremation, and laws regarding the treatment of bodies, often defy logic.

What laws are in place after someone dies? Burial laws vary greatly, as do laws regarding corpses in general. From stringent regulations on non-traditional cremations to the fact an organ donor's wishes can be completely ignored, such laws can be depressing. All the more reason to be prepared for the inevitable and make sure your next of kin are willing and able to oblige your wishes.