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Individuals caring for deceased relatives and friends are encouraged to plan carefully and communicate in advance with any facilities and agencies that may be involved, such as a hospital, hospice, nursing home, board of health, funeral home, crematory or cemetery, to avoid confusion about the law or other requirements. There are generally two options for final disposition of a body in Massachusetts: cremation, or burial in an approved cemetery. Cremation must occur in a crematory approved by both the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and burial must occur in a cemetery that has been approved by the local board of health and authorized by the municipal government (e.g., town meeting).
Learn about the minimum requirements for personal flotation devices for minor children. This applies at Municipal and Recreational Programs and Camps.
See frequently asked questions about bed bugs.