guide from US Funerals Online aims to help give you an overview of how
to plan or arrange a funeral or cremation in Kansas. Although the
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has legislation that helps to protect consumers
when purchasing funeral products and services, state legislation often
supercedes this federal law, therefore, this guide outlines how it affects
your consumer rights in Kansas.
How do you choose which funeral
home or cremation provider is right for your needs?
This is the most important element
of ensuring you are entirely satisfied with the services rendered.
You need to employ the services of a funeral home or cremation company
that truly understands and meets your needs. Be it a full-service
family funeral, or a simple no-fuss cremation. There are over 490
funeral homes in Kansas, so you really have to narrow down your selection.
This is a key decision to be
made to help ascertain what type of services you require. Deciding
between a burial or a cremation is a personal choice, as decided by the
family, or by the deceased’s wishes. Cremation is becoming much more
popular today for reasons of personal choice and cost. A burial generally
works out more expensive than a cremation because of the additional services/merchandise
required, such as casket, cemetery plot, grave liner and embalming.
How do I find a funeral home
or cremation provider in Kansas?
You are already at the right
place to find your local funeral or cremation provider in Kansas.
US Funerals Online has a complete directory of all funeral homes and cremation
providers, organized by city in zip code order, making it very easy to
locate your nearest provider and compare funeral homes in your area.
Use the shortcut links to your city at the top right of the page.
Do you want a burial or cremation?
Can I arrange a ‘home funeral’
or green burial in Kansas?
Yes, Kansas is a state in which
you are permitted to conduct your own home funeral care without the need
for employing a funeral director. All that is legally required is
the filing of the death certificate and for cremation a ‘coroner’s cremation
authorization’. Natural or green burials and family-directed funerals
are gaining popularity as we revert back to taking a more active role in
death care within our culture.
What is the cost of a funeral
or cremation in Kansas?
This is one question that many
people get online to attempt to find out today. Unfortunately not all funeral
homes choose to disclose prices on their websites. A funeral home
must provide you with a general price list (GPL) if you make inquiries
about funeral services, according the FTC’s ‘Funeral Rule’. Be sure
to carefully check any package offers to ensure that you are only paying
for services/products you truly require.
The cost for a cremation
or burial can vary considerably, depending on your location and the service
provider you select. It is recommended that you compare equivalent
services/prices from more than one provider.
If you are looking for an
affordable yet dignified cremation service, you may wish to visit DFS Memorials,
a network of local, family-owned funeral & cremation companies that
all offer a direct cremation for between $495 and $1,395.
The DFS Memorials provider
for Kansas City offers a basic direct cremation in Kansas City for $895.00.
Call Jim on (913) 210-0212.
Sending funeral flowers in Kansas
Funeral flowers are considered
an integral aspect of enhancing a funeral service, yet these days they
can prove an expensive additional cost. To help you save money on
funeral flowers in Kansas, US Funerals Online has teamed up with BloomsToday
to offer our visitors a 25% discount on funeral flower arrangements.
Is embalming required in Kansas?
No, embalming is not required
by law if a body is to be cremated or buried within a reasonable time period
after death. Although some funeral homes do have policies that require
embalming in the case of open casket public funeral services.
However, the shift towards cremation
is causing such a loss in revenues for funeral homes, that they will now
often price-match a casket price.
What are my options for purchasing
a casket or alternative container?
You can purchase a casket from
your chosen funeral home, or you have the right to purchase a casket from
a third-party casket retailer. A funeral home MUST accept a casket
purchased from a third-party and cannot charge you a fee for handling it.
This is federal law implemented by the FTC ‘funeral rule’ and it applies
This has changed the funeral
industry significantly and for many years caskets have often been cheaper
if purchased from a high street or online casket seller.
There is no state law that
requires that a casket must be used for a burial or cremation in Kansas.
For cremation a ‘rigid alternative container’ is required. This can
ordinarily be a sturdy cardboard or plywood box. Some funeral homes
now offer rental caskets for the purposes of a funeral service, and this
can significantly reduce overall funeral costs.
What are burial and cemetery
plot requirements in Kansas?
There are no laws that specifically
permit or prohibit a burial on your own land, but you should check with
county officials regarding any local ordinances or zoning for burial on
non-cemetery property. A casket or burial vault is not required by
state law, however, most cemeteries have their own regulations. This
may include stipulating that an outer burial container is required to help
prevent subsidence. You should also carefully check cemeteries requirements
for fees for opening and closing a plot, restrictions on what kind of grave
marker can be erected and any perpetual care insurance.
Can I preplan a funeral or cremation?
How does Kansas state law govern preneed plans?
Yes, you can preplan and pre-finance
a funeral or cremation in Kansas, which will be financed by a trust fund
or through an insurance product. Agents selling preneed contracts
must have notified the Secretary of State of their intent to sell preneed
You should fully consider
what kind of pre-financing you require. Some preneed contracts are
transferable and refundable, whereas others may have limitations.
Whilst there is no provision for a refund of an irrevocable funeral trust
contract, revocable trusts can be refunded. A full refund is payable,
with interest, minus any administration costs.
To read in more detail about
the purchase of preneed contracts in Kansas, visit
It is also possible to preplan
your funeral wishes and put aside the appropriate funds in a POD (Totten
Trust) account. Read our article ‘What is my best and safest option
for putting aside money for a funeral?’ to learn more about setting up
a POD account.
A top tip is not to rush to
scatter remains, and/or keep a small portion of the ashes, as the decision
to scatter is an irreversible one. You can either do it yourself,
which is the most cost-effective way to conduct a memorable ash scattering
service. Or you can use the services of an agent. There are
numerous ash scattering organizations that will offer aerial, land and
water scattering, either attended or unattended. If you scatter yourself
the general guidance is to scatter at least 100 yards from any road, trail,
body of water or developed facility.
What are the laws for scattering
ashes in Kansas?
Ash scattering is becoming a
much more popular activity as cremation gains popularity. And, of
course, Kansas has many beautiful rural land and water areas over which
to disperse cremated remains. You can scatter ashes on many public lands
without needing any kind of permit. Although if you opt to conduct an ash
scattering in public land such as state parks or city parks, it would be
advisable to ensure you obtain the appropriate governmental agency approval.
You should seek consent to scatter ashes on any private lands, unless this
is land you own yourself.
What help is available with
funeral expenses in Kansas?
Kansas changed their indigent
burial assistance program in 2010 and there is now no state support.
This means that the various counties are under no obligation to help the
poor pay for burial expenses, however according to state law, counties
are responsible for paying for the burial or cremation of unclaimed bodies.
As you can imagine, this has led to an issue with unclaimed bodies.
Unclaimed bodies are offered to the University’s Medical Center for the
Anatomical donation program but unfortunately not all are accepted.
Each county has to deal with the disposal of unclaimed bodies as a health
Many funeral homes will endeavor
to support families on low income to conduct a funeral. There is
a one-time death benefit from SSA of $255 for those that qualify, and veterans
and some dependents are entitled to certain benefits such as a cemetery
plot and grave marker. Fort Leavenworth VA cemetery has room for cremated
remains whereas Fort Scott have space for both casketed and cremated remains.
There are also state-run veterans cemeteries at Fort Dodge, Fort Riley,
Wakeeney, and Winfield.
Some charity and community
groups may offer guidance on how to access a low cost cremation.
The Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Kansas City highlights Cremation
center of Kansas City, who is also the DFS Memorials provider, as the best
price cremation in Kansas City at $895 complete. They can be reached
at: (913) 210-0212.
Residents of Missouri (Jackson
County) can phone the county counselor’s office (816-881-3355) to seek
help with indigent burials or cremations. Residents of Platte County and
Clay County should phone their local public administrator’s office for
assistance with indigent burials.
Are whole body donations permitted
Yes, you may donate your body
to science in Kansas. The University of Kansas offers a whole body
donation program and they can be reached at:
Department of Anatomy and
University of Kansas Medical
39th & Rainbow Blvd.
Kansas City, Kansas 66103
In addition, US Funerals
Online works with Biogift.org, a national anatomical donation organization.
Do note that not all donations are accepted at the time of death, and you
do need to check the arrangements of a donation program, especially the
arrangements for returning the cremated remains to the family if desired.
What do you do if your loved
one dies away from Kansas?
Unfortunately this can occur
more often these days as we travel more. US Funerals Online has a
toll-free funeral shipping helpline 877-347-8086 or you can visit our dedicated
information page on ‘What to do when a loved one dies away from home’.
Where do I get a copy of a death
certificate from in Kansas?
Certified copies of a death
certificate are available from Kansas Department of Health Office of Vital
Statistics. There are 6 ways you can request a copy of a death certificate
– by regular mail, priority mail, telephone, fax, online, and a walk-in
customer service. Copies cost $15.00 each. You need to use
the Vitalchek system for online ordering. To apply in person visit
Curtis State Office Building, 1000 SW Jackson, Ste. 120, Topeka, KS 66612,
or phone (785) 296-3253 to request a copy by mail.
What should you do if you have
a complaint about funeral services or products you have purchased?
If you should have a complaint
about funeral services or products purchased in Kansas, you can make a
formal complaint to the agencies listed below that will investigate your
Kansas State Board of Mortuary
700 SW Jackson St., Suite
Topeka, Kansas 66603- 3733
Kansas Attorney General's
120 SW 10th Street , Ste
Topeka, Kansas 66612-1597
If your complaint is with
regards to the purchase of a preneed funeral plan, you will need to contact
the following agencies:
Kansas Insurance Department,
420 SW 9th St., Topeka, Kansas 66612 Phone (785) 296-2283
Kansas Secretary of State,
Memorial Hall 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Street, Topeka, Kansas, 66612
Phone (785) 296-4564
Consumer help groups and
The Funeral Consumers Alliance
of Greater Kansas can be reached at PO Box 7021, Kansas City, MO 64113
||Expert Author: Sara
Sara is the Editor in Chief
for US Funerals Online and has been researching and writing about the death
care industry in the US for the last 10 years.
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