There are a few reasons why shipping cremated remains may be necessary, including legal reasons, the deceased’s family living far away, or to honor the deceased’s final wishes. It is important to note that shipping cremated remains requires careful handling and proper documentation. The ashes must be securely packaged and labeled as human remains, and all necessary paperwork must be completed. Depending on the destination, there may also be certain regulations and restrictions to follow.
NJ Law Regarding Shipping Cremated Remains
The United States Post Office has made a significant change to its procedure for mailing cremated remains domestically. In the past, cremated remains were typically shipped as Registered Mail, and the package was scanned as it arrived at and departed from each sorting facility along its journey. Now, cremated remains are to be shipped via Priority Mail Express service only, and Registered Mail service is no longer an option. The cremated remains are treated as a regular package. The sender is still provided with a tracking number for the package that they can pass along to the recipient. Still, the package is now only scanned at its original departure, arrival at the postal facility, and once received by the family at its final destination.
Also, it’s important to note that if the package containing cremated remains is unclaimed by the recipient after a period of two weeks, the package will be returned to the sender. This is important information because mailing cremated remains to your family is a standard service of Simple Cremation of New Jersey—we work with the crematory to ensure cremated remains are mailed directly from their facility to your family, and part of that requires familiarity with the process of mailing. When it comes to such precious cargo, any small change in the rules is worth discussing. We also know that families sometimes use the post office to transport loved ones’ cremated remains to other locations when traveling with the package, which is not practical, so everyone should be familiar with these new rules. The USPS is currently the only carrier that will deliver cremated remains.
The good news is that there is no change to the cost of mailing cremated remains to your family, and the USPS procedure for mailing internationally, which we also do, has not changed.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shipping Cremated Remains
Below are some answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about shipping cremated remains.
What is the process for shipping cremated remains?
The first step in shipping cremated remains is to obtain a permit from the local authorities. This usually involves filling out forms and paying a fee. Then, the remains must be properly packaged in an urn or container that meets specific shipping requirements. Finally, you will need to arrange for transportation through a shipping or courier service. Often, the funeral home or crematory you choose will take care of this for you.
How do I know which shipping service to use?
If the funeral home or crematory is not taking care of this for you, choosing a shipping service specializing in transporting cremated remains is important. They should have experience handling these types of shipments and be familiar with all the necessary regulations and requirements. It may also be helpful to read reviews or ask for recommendations from funeral homes or other individuals who have shipped cremated remains in the past.
Can I ship cremated remains internationally?
Yes, it is possible to ship cremated remains internationally. However, there may be additional regulations and requirements that need to be met depending on the destination country. It is important to research these beforehand and work with a shipping service that has experience with international shipments of this nature.
How long does it take for cremated remains to arrive at their destination?
The time frame for shipping cremated remains can vary depending on the distance and mode of transportation. It is best to consult with the shipping service for a more accurate estimate. Generally, it may take a few days to a week or longer for the remains to reach their final destination.
What happens if the package is damaged or lost during shipment?
It is important to purchase insurance for the shipment of cremated remains in case of any damage or loss that may occur during transit. If this happens, you should immediately contact the shipping service and file a claim with the insurance provider. The shipping service may also have additional procedures in place for handling such situations.
Can I track the shipment of cremated remains?
Yes, most shipping services offer tracking options for their shipments. This may include email or text updates as well as online tracking tools. It is recommended to opt for these options so that you can stay informed about the whereabouts of the package during transit.
Are there any restrictions on where cremated remains can be shipped?
It is always best to check with the destination country or state for any specific restrictions on shipping cremated remains. Some places may require additional permits or documentation, while others may prohibit the shipment altogether. It is important to research and follow all regulations in order to ensure a smooth and legal shipment of cremated remains.
Choose Simple Cremation NJ for Cremation Services in New Jersey
At Simple Cremation NJ, we understand that losing a loved one can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. We aim to provide you the necessary support and guidance during this emotional time.
We offer compassionate and affordable cremation services in New Jersey. We believe that every life deserves a dignified farewell, and we are committed to providing you with the highest level of care and respect. Call 973.434.7441 or contact Simple Cremation NJ online for more information.