Standard requirements for burying a person include a death certificate and a grave site, as of 2015. The exact requirements vary based on the state and the cemetery. If a death is unexplained or caused by a crime, the burial can't occur until after an investigation into the death.Continue Reading
In some states, such as Massachusetts, burial requires a burial permit, which a person obtains using the death certificate. While a casket is a common choice for burials, U.S. law doesn't require one; however, each cemetery has its own rules, so they may require a casket.
While a cemetery is the most common grave site, some states allow burials to occur on private land. The city or county where the land is located must approve the burial.Learn more about Holidays & Celebrations