Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)
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625 Robert St N, St. Paul, MN, 55155
The Minnesota Department of Health licenses funeral homes, crematories, morticians, and internship registration.
A funeral establishment means any place or premise devoted to or used in the holding, care or preparation of a dead human body for final disposition, or an office where an individual provides funeral goods or funeral planning services to the public.
Consumers typically choose a funeral home or mortician based on past experience, reputation, financial accommodations, and/or location.
All funeral providers are required to provide consumers prices for their goods and services over the telephone.
Many funeral providers voluntarily advertise their prices for funeral goods and services on their website.
When a consumer visits a funeral home, the funeral home is required to provide a copy of their "General Price List" when discussing prices for funeral goods and services.
The General Price List is an itemized statement disclosing the costs of goods and services offered by the funeral provider. Consumers may also request a separate price list for the merchandise they select.
Most funeral providers offer traditional funeral services followed by burial, entombment, or cremation. Families may choose other services such as a direct burial or direct cremation. Services rendered will depend on the religious practice, customs, decedent's wishes, and/or financial ability of the family in charge of the arrangements.
At the conclusion of making at-need funeral arrangements, a funeral home must offer a general price list to the person(s) with the legal right to control and arrange for services. The person(s) with the legal right to control will be required to sign an itemized written statement with the costs of the funeral goods and services selected.
The mortician making the funeral arrangements must also sign the contract and provide the family with a copy of the contract at the conclusion of the arrangement. The purpose of this contract is to ensure the customer will not have unexpected expenses and the services selected will be provided.
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PB-5000.1550Cremation Services Definition
Programs that reduce the bodies of deceased individuals to fine bone fragments (ashes) by exposing them to intense heat and flame. An individual's remains may be cremated immediately after death (direct cremation) or following formal viewing, visitation and/or a formal ceremony; and the cremated remains can be buried, entombed, scattered or kept for placement by the family in an urn or other appropriate container.
PB-5000.2300Funeral Services Definition
Programs that provide ceremonies in remembrance of individuals who have died. Options may include visitations (scheduled time for family and friends to gather prior to, or sometimes in place of, a memorial service to pay one's respects and say goodbye to the person); private viewings (similar to a visitation but open only to family members and close friends at the immediate family's request); and memorial services (services generally held in a funeral home which can be religious or secular, with or without the decedent's body being present). Generally included in the price of the service are ushers, organ or other music, care and arrangement of flowers and accompanying cards from donors and transfer of flowers from the church/funeral home to the place of interment.
TJ-6500.1700Directory/Resource List Publication Definition
Programs that publish and distribute directories of agencies that provide human services for residents of the community and/or resource lists. Included are programs that produce directories/lists that focus on a specific geographical area, service category or target group as well as those that produce a comprehensive directory of all community resources.