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Choosing cremation is not only economical, dignified and respectful, it is also becoming more popular. More than 70% of people in New Hampshire and Vermont are making the choice to be cremated. There are many options available, including burial of the cremains and scattering the cremated remains in a special place or ceremony. You can have a memorial service, a graveside ceremony, or you don’t have to have any services at all.

At the Cremation Society of New Hampshire, we take our job very seriously and work hard to make the process as easy on you as possible.

We have built this website to allow you to make all your arrangements online. We understand that some families want more personalized attention. For an additional fee, you may work with one of our counselors in person, either at one of our offices, or in the convenience of your home. You can see the fees on our Cremation Pricing page.

When a death occurs, regardless of when or where, the family should call us as soon as possible.

New Hampshire Laws Regarding a Death

Under New Hampshire Statute RSA 290:2-a, the deceased cannot be removed from the place of death until there is a pronouncement of death by a physician or registered nurse. For a body to be released to the Cremation Society, only a medical doctor can sign the release unless the death was anticipated. If it was anticipated, then a nurse can release the body. RSA 611:4 states that deaths occurring under certain circumstances must be referred to the State Medical Examiner who will become responsible for legally releasing the deceased to the Cremation Society.

Vermont Laws Regarding a Death

Under Vermont Statute 18 V.S.A. § 5202(b) Any licensed health care professional who has access to the facts and can certify that death is not subject to the provisions of section 5205 of this title may complete and sign a preliminary report of death on a form supplied by the Commissioner and will thereafter be in charge of releasing the body from the place of death to the Cremation Society (Ker-Phaneuf Funeral Home for the Phaneuf website). If death is subject to the provisions under section 18 V.S.A. § 5205(a) When a person dies from violence, or suddenly when in apparent good health or when unattended by a physician or a recognized practitioner of a well-established church, or by casualty, or by suicide or as a result of injury or when in jail or prison, or any mental institution, or in any unusual, unnatural or suspicious manner, or in circumstances involving a hazard to public health, welfare or safety, the medical examiner who resides nearest the town where the death occurred shall be notified and said medical examiner shall notify the state’s attorney of the county in which the death occurred. The state’s attorney shall thereafter be in charge of the body and shall issue such instructions covering the care or removal of the body as he or she shall deem appropriate until he or she releases same.

General Guidelines

There are several steps that you need to take when a death has occurred, depending on the circumstances of death:

  • Health Care Facility – Call The Cremation Society
  • Anticipated Death Outside of a Health Care Facility – Call the hospice facility or doctor, then call The Cremation Society as soon as possible
  • Unanticipated Death Outside of a Health Care Facility – Call 911 and the police will inform the family of the next steps to take.
  • Out of State Death – Call The Cremation Society as soon as possible

Call The Cremation Society

Toll-free: 1-800-493-8001
Phone: 603-622-1800

Our four cremation packages include:

Direct Cremation Package

Our basic cremation package that includes everything you need for a cremation. An urn is not included in this package, but may be added.

Veteran's Tribute Package

An affordable, dignified way to honor your loved one who has served in the military. This package includes several special features exclusive only to veterans, including a flag, case, and military honors. The deceased must meet certain requirements to qualify for this military only package.

Cemetery Gathering Package

A graveside gathering after the cremation is included in this package. A personalized bronze urn and flowers are also included.

Life Celebration Package

A memorial service may be held in our on-site chapel or at a church or venue of your choice within our service area. A personalized bronze urn is included as well as flowers, use of our equipment and facilities, and use of our professional staff.

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Customer Service: 1-800-493-8001