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Is it legal to ship cremated remains?

Asked by Gidgetgo_atomic (8 points ) December 26th, 2012

My best friend passed away this summer, and his sisters would like me to send them his ashes. Is this legal and which method of shipping is the best?

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whitenoise's avatar

Contact customs and a courier company like FEDEX, DHL, or UPS. It is legal, but covered by some regulations and they will be able to tell you all about it.

elbanditoroso's avatar

Shipping cremated remains (from: http://www.funeralethics.org/cremains.htm)

UPS and FedEx will not accept cremated remains for shipment.

Cremated remains may be shipped through the U.S. Postal Service, but they must be shipped by registered mail with return receipt requested.

It would be a good idea to double-box the container, with adequate stuffing between the two boxes

DrBill's avatar

yes, we had a family member pass last year, and was cremated, and we were given the choice of either going to the funeral home to pick up the remains or to have them mailed to us.

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silky1's avatar

Yes you have to use the US Postal service and I’d get insurance on it.

janbb's avatar

Yes – my friend’s husband was mailed to her.

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