What are the steps involved in exhuming and transporting a body?

  • Apply for an exhumation license. It is best to contact the cemetery directly for guidance on what forms and permissions will need to be obtained.
  • Get approval from religious officials. You may need a license or written permission from the affiliated church in order to remove the body from consecrated grounds.
  • Follow local environmental and health regulations. The exhumation will need to be done under the supervision of an environmental health officer who can ensure that all appropriate safety measures are followed and potential health hazards are addressed.
  • Make body transfer plans. If you are transferring the body, you will have to purchase a new casket. Cremation of the body is recommended due to the problem of natural decay and expense of transport. Your funeral home can guide you in the proper handling of these matters.