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Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers / Burial Services

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS - Funeral Home

 

FAQ's:

  1. Do all funeral homes in the State of Tennessee that sell prearranged funded funeral plans to consumers have to register with the Burial Services Section of the Department of Commerce and Insurance?
  2. If I purchase a preneed funeral with one funeral home can I transfer it to another funeral home?
  3. Does Tennessee law require a body to be embalmed?
  4. Does Tennessee law require an establishment license?
  5. How many establishments can you operate?
  6. If I am not a licensed funeral director, can my name be used for advertising purposes in connection with a licensed establishment?
  7. How long does an establishment have to the notify the Board of a change in its manager?

 

Do all funeral homes in the State of Tennessee selling prearranged funded funeral plans to consumers have to register with the Burial Services Section of the Department of Commerce and Insurance?

 

Yes, each funeral home that sells prearranged funded funeral plans, the funeral home (preneed seller) must register and renew its registration with the State of Tennessee, Department of Commerce and Insurance, Burial Services. However, prior to a funeral home selling prearranged funerals; the funeral home must obtain approval for use of the preneed funeral contract and submit an executed trust agreement between the funeral home and the financial institution (trustee).

 

If I purchase a preneed funeral with one funeral home can I transfer it to another funeral home?

 

Yes, the contract should explain the geographical boundaries of the funeral home's service area but you can freely transfer the contract to another funeral home either in the same area or another location where you may relocate or where the death may occur. However, you should contact the funeral home that you wish to use and inquire whether they will honor the existing preneed funeral contract.

 

Does Tennessee law require a body to be embalmed?

 

No. However, circumstances or a policy of the funeral home may necessitate the embalming of human remains.

 

Does Tennessee law require establishment license?

 

Yes. Any person, group or organization that wishes to commence the practice of funeral service must make application and be approved by the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers before beginning business.

 

How many establishments can you operate?

 

You can not operate more than one funeral establishment from an establishment license. In other words, if John Doe has more than one establishment, he must have an approved establishment license for each location.

 

If I am not a licensed funeral director, can my name be used for advertising purposes in connection with a licensed establishment?

 

No. In accordance with the law, Tenn. Code Ann. 62-5-314 states...

Use of names of unregistered persons restricted. The names of any living person who has not been licensed, as herein provided, shall not be shown or displayed upon any funeral establishment, or used alone, in as part of, or in connection, association, combination or together with the name or title of any person, firm, corporation, or other form of enterprise engaged in undertaking or embalming, or on any card, sign, stationery or other printed or written instrument or device, or in any announcement of advertisement, or in any manner so as to give or tend to give the impression that such person is licensed or entitled to practice either as a funeral director or embalmer.

 

How long does the establishment have to notify the Board of a change in its manager ?

 

Each licensed establishment must furnish in writing to the Board the name, address, and license number of any changes in manager within ten (10) days of the effective change.