When can a cremation occur


The body of a deceased individual may not be cremated until a minimum of 24 hours has elapsed from the time of death.  Only in certain special situations with contagious diseases can approval be obtained to waive this requirement. 

No individual will be cremated without a death certificate signed by the attending physician, primary care physician or county medical examiner. Any individual dying outside a licensed nursing facility, or without hospice in attendance at the time of death, must be examined by the county medical examiner prior to cremation. 

Also required is a signed Authorization for Cremation form.  This document MUST be signed by the LEGAL next of kin.  In the state of North Carolina, that would be:

1. A surviving spouse;

2. Majority of children above the age of 18 who can be located;

3. Parents of the deceased;

4. Majority of surviving siblings;

5. Nieces, nephews, cousins;

6. Extended family, caregivers or anyone having an interest in assuming responsibility.  Please be aware in North Carolina, if a couple is separated and NOT LEGALLY DIVORCED, that surviving spouse is still the LEGAL next of kin (unless documentation can be provided to show otherwise).  This form must be signed in the presence of a funeral director licensed in the state of North Carolina or Maple Springs Crematory requires that this form be NOTARIZED.

Once all legal requirements are satisfied will we be able to make an estimate of when the cremation process can begin.  

All fees are due and payable at the time arrangements are made. 

Fees are subject to change without notice.

Maple Springs Crematory

PO Box 18252     Asheville, NC   28814     828-254-6197     828-252-1622 (fax)