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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has set guidelines for safe handling of human remains of Ebola patients

For in-depth information, visit the CDC website.

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Certified copies of vital records for VA claims

Vital records law, RCW 70.58.107, requires the Department of Health to provide certified copies of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, divorce, annulment or legal separation at no charge when requested in connection with a claim for compensation or pension pending before the Veterans Administration (VA). For the full policy, see Certified Copies of Vital Records for VA Claims.

Complying with the Funeral Rule

If you sell funeral goods and services, you’ll want to know how to comply with the Funeral Rule. This federal law gives some important rights to people making funeral arrangements, and establishes basic requirements for funeral homes. To learn more, see Complying with the Funeral Rule.

Guide on registering death records

This May 2013 guide has instructions, as well as why each record entry is important and how the information will be used. Guide for Registration of Complete Death Records.

Resources available to help funeral directors and cemeteries

Looking for guidance on the Death with Dignity Act? Or how to return remains to Mexico? See Resources and publications for guidelines and instructions.

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