Who is "Next of Kin" and "Release of Remains"

Next of Kin is defined in the following order:  

  1. Spouse - is a husband or wife who are legally married, separated but not divorced.
  2. Children of the deceased who are over 18 years of age.
  3. Parents
  4. Siblings

The deceased will only be released to a Licensed Funeral Director.  It is important for the Next of Kin to select a Funeral Director as soon as possible and notify this office of their selection. Contact by a funeral home is not sufficient. 

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