Is It Legal to...
honestly curious

Dwale, KY

#1 Mar 6, 2013
Let me start by saying this is a serious question and not meant in the least to be disrespectful. My grandparents have passed on. According to their wishes, they were cremated. My grandmother passed first, leaving my grandfather (in poor health) unable to care for himself. He passed a few years later after having been duped into marrying a horrible woman who was only interested in the home he left her and her dead beat adult children. My grandparents' cremains are in a local mausoleum, although it was Grandma's wish that her cremains be scattered over her birthplace in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. At the time of her death my grandfather was unable to carry out this request and to keep his aging mind at ease we allowed him to make the decision as to her final resting place. But for some time, it's been on my mind that maybe I need to do this one last thing for her. My question here is: is it legal to remove a family member's cremains from a family owned mausoleum? What would it involve? Would all legal heirs have to be in agreement? Would it cost anything?
I don't want to cause a riff with anyone in the family, or have to drag my Grandmother's name through a legal battle. But if it's as easy as collecting her ashes and driving a few miles, I'd like to make it happen.
RAPIDFIRE

Corbin, KY

#2 Mar 6, 2013
go and replace them with some dust of the earth , take their ashes and do your thang !
Proud of our soldiers

Williamsburg, KY

#3 Mar 6, 2013
Let me start by saying this is a serious question and not meant in the least to be disrespectful. My grandparents have passed on. According to their wishes, they were cremated. My grandmother passed first, leaving my grandfather (in poor health) unable to care for himself. He passed a few years later after having been duped into marrying a horrible woman who was only interested in the home he left her and her dead beat adult children. My grandparents' cremains are in a local mausoleum, although it was Grandma's wish that her cremains be scattered over her birthplace in the mountains of eastern West Virginia. At the time of her death my grandfather was unable to carry out this request and to keep his aging mind at ease we allowed him to make the decision as to her final resting place. But for some time, it's been on my mind that maybe I need to do this one last thing for her. My question here is: is it legal to remove a family member's cremains from a family owned mausoleum? What would it involve? Would all legal heirs have to be in agreement? Would it cost anything?
I don't want to cause a riff with anyone in the family, or have to drag my Grandmother's name through a legal battle. But if it's as easy as collecting her ashes and driving a few miles, I'd like to make it happen.

Reply: Ask the funeral director who handled the body. They should be able to advise you what to do about this.
Arlo

Tucker, GA

#4 Mar 6, 2013
Whomever, if any, had power of attorney concerning her affairs should be consulted. If it was the spouse, being himself passed on, the immediate family would need to discuss this and decide. Check with the county attorney where you live to find out what the action would legally entail. And lastly, contact county officials at the place she wishes her remains scattered, concerning any state or local regulations there.

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