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Frequently Asked Questions

 

If I have a complaint concerning funeral service in Maryland where do I go?

If I have a complaint concerning a cemetery or cemetery services, where do I go?

When does the Board of Morticians meet?

When I make funeral arrangements can I meet with anyone at the funeral home?

May I cancel my “pre-need” funeral arrangements?

Am I required to buy a casket if I am cremated?

Is embalming required by law?

 

 If I have a complaint concerning funeral service in Maryland where do I go?

Contact the Maryland Board of Morticians for a complaint form at:

Maryland Board of Morticians
4201 Patterson Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21215
Telephone Number:  410-764-4792
Fax Number:  410-358-6571  

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If I have a complaint concerning a cemetery or cemetery services, where do I go?

Contact the Office of Cemetery Oversight, Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation at:

Office of Cemetery Oversight
500 North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD  21202-3651
Telephone Number:  410-230-6229
Fax Number:  410-333-6314

 

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When does the Board of Morticians meet?
The Board of Morticians meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month. The general public may attend the Open Session of the Board meeting which usually begins at 10:30 a.m. Call the Board office to confirm date and location.

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 When I make funeral arrangements can I meet with anyone at the funeral home?

Always ask to see the individual's license and make sure it is a current license. Only licensed individuals may meet with families to make funeral arrangements. Apprentices may not make pre-need funeral arrangements or sign a pre-need funeral contract. Apprentices may not sign at-need contracts.

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 May I cancel my “pre-need” funeral arrangements?

You may cancel your “pre-need” funeral arrangements at any time and receive the funds initially submitted as well as any interest earned on those funds.

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 Am I required to buy a casket if I am cremated?

In Maryland, you are not required to buy a casket if you choose to be cremated.  However, a type of suitable container may be required.

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 Is embalming required by law?

In Maryland, the law does not require that embalming be done.  However, embalming may be required by the funeral home if extended viewing is requested.  In some cases, when transporting a body out-of-state or out of the country, the transportation carrier or receiving state or country may require embalming.  You may not be charged for unauthorized embalming.

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