Are You Allowed to Ship People’s Remains Following Cremations?

Posted on January 14, 2019 by McCaleb Funeral Home under Cremation
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With every passing day, it feels like more and more people are choosing to go with cremations in Donna, TX instead of being buried. And many of these people are asking for their loved ones to scatter their remains in a predetermined location once the cremation process has played out.  

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In some cases, this might be easy to do. You might not have to travel very far to scatter your loved one’s remains. But in others, your loved one may have requested to have their remains scattered on the other side of the country by another family member who lives there. And that could force you to find a way to get the remains to that person.  

Fortunately, there’s a pretty simple way to do it. You can actually have a person’s remains shipped once they’ve been cremated. You just need to make sure you do it the right way. Here are some tips that will help you pull it off.  

Choose the right shipping carrier. 

The first thing you’ll need to do when you decide to ship someone’s remains following Donna, TX cremation services is choose the right shipping carrier to do it. At this point, that means touching base with the U.S. Postal Service. They currently offer the only legal option for shipping cremated remains, and they call for families to use USPS Priority Mail service when they do it. Make sure you don’t attempt to use another carrier, as you could find yourself breaking the law and paying the price for doing it.  

Place the remains securely inside of an urn. 

Prior to putting together a package with a person’s remains in it, you’ll need to place your loved one’s ashes into an urn. You should select an urn that will hold up well during shipping and stay closed for the duration of a shipment. You should also choose one that isn’t too heavy or too large as it could make it difficult to ship it safely.  

Package the urn so that it doesn’t break during transport. 

When shipping cremated remains, you need to have both an inner container and an outer container to prevent the possibility of the remains spilling. The inner container needs to be very sturdy and shatter-resistant so that it can hold the urn tight. Your funeral home might be able to point you in the right direction when you’re looking for an inner container.  

That container then needs to go inside of an outer container that is usually a heavy-duty box with padding inside of it. Take extra precautions by stuffing packing peanuts or bubble wrap into the outer container to prevent your inner container and urn from shifting around. This should ensure that your package arrives completely intact in the end.  

If you’re thinking about shipping cremated remains following funeral services in Donna, TX, McCaleb Funeral Home can offer you some assistance. We can also speak with you about all your cremation options before you make any final decisions. Contact us at (956) 968-7533 or visit us at 900 W 4th St., Weslaco, TX 78596 for additional information. 

You can count on the professional care team at McCaleb Funeral Home to serve your family with utmost dignity and respect. We serve all faiths, offering the most complete funeral, burial, and cremation services, with new facilities, at a very affordable price. We provide personalized funerals and cremations for families in Mercedes, Donna, Edcouch, Progreso, Elsa, and Alamo, TX.

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