Next of Kin order of Consent

When handling cremation arrangements there is an order of priority of consent that families need to be aware of. This is the order in which the legal next of kin can sign off on the Cremation Authorization in order for the funeral home to proceed with the cremation process.


  1. Spouse
  2. Adult Son or Daughter
  3. Either Parent of Deceased
  4. Adult Brother or Sister
  5. Other Blood Relatives
  6. Personal representative of Decedent’s Estate
  7. Judicially Appointed Guardian

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