If you are either considering or choosing cremation as a body composition method for your loved one in Florida, it is important to be aware of the paperwork process according to Florida law in advance as without its completion, cremation can’t take place.
As a result, we have sorted out some basic documents so that you can know what to expect. First and foremost, some general information about the deceased that needs to be prepared is full name, SSN, date of birth, parents’ name and a copy of driver’s license (if applicable).
The documentation process is likely to include the followings:
- Death Certificate
- Vital Statistics Form
- Cremation Authorization Form
- Cremation Release Form
There might be more paperwork required depending on different cases and different counties in Florida.
Cremation Document 1: Death Certificate
Getting the death certificate signed by the doctor or medical examiner is the first thing to do regardless of any funeral arrangements. Whether you choose cremation or traditional burial in Florida, the death must be registered within 5 days of the death at the state or vital local office.
In most cases, the cause of death is not necessarily displayed on the death certificate unless it is for insurance or other purposes. According to Florida’s law, anyone can order a death certificate without the cause of death stated. Otherwise, it needs to be the next of kin or the legal representative to involve in the process.
Cremation Document 2: Vital Statistics Form
Vital Statistics Form provides personal information about the deceased ranging from basic personal information such as full name, date of birth, and marital status, to information relating to the death such as the date or place where the death occurs. The form helps the funeral home gather all the needed info to complete other documents in the process.
Cremation Document 3: Cremation Authorization Form
The Cremation Authorization Form is the legal consent that the family gives to their cremation service provider to perform and help to arrange cremation service for their loved one. It clearly states in the paper who is responsible for cremation performance.
Cremation Document 4: Release Form
A Release Form legally gives the funeral home permission to pick up the deceased from the Medical Examiner’s Office and transport the body to the crematory.
Overall Cremation Paperwork Process
Many people find the paperwork process overwhelming, especially they are in their grieving time.
However, the good news is Going Home Cremations with 20 years of experience in Florida cremation is willing to answer all questions and walk the family through the documentation process. And our forms are available online – you can have the freedom to work on and sign them at home with our assistance. With more than 20 years in business, we are able to clear out all misunderstandings about cremation and any confusion the family may have.
As one of the oldest and most trusted cremation businesses in Florida, we provide professional and affordable cremation services with a free urn and premium obituary. Our price starts at $795 for direct cremation. We serve the areas of South West Florida including Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Port Charlotte, Fort Myers, and Tampa. For further information, please visit Our Affordable Cremation Page, Cremation & Scattering Ashes or Call Us For All Other Requests.