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    A Look at Burial and Cremation Laws in Illinois

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Each state has its own set of rules and regulations following any death. These rules are meant to ensure proper handling of the body and the deceased’s financial affairs. Your funeral home can help you file the proper paperwork and make sure everything is order well in advance of the burial or cremation of your loved one.

    Death Certificate

    The state of Illinois requires that a death certificate be filed with the local registrar within one week of death. A death certificate is required before a body can either be cremated or transported out of the state for burial, except in cases where the death may be under investigation. In most cases, your funeral home will either file the death certificate or provide you with help to complete this process.


    Prior to burial, some bodies are embalmed to remove the blood and replace it with a preservative fluid. In the past, embalming was necessary to prevent problems prior to burial. Today, however, bodies can be refrigerated prior to burial. Illinois has no laws that require a body be embalmed.


    While placing the body in a casket is a common practice, the state of Illinois does not require a body to be buried in a casket. Additionally, the federal Funeral Rule states that you are not required by law to purchase a casket from the funeral home. However, some cemeteries do have private regulations requiring caskets. If you choose to have your loved one cremated, you have the right to choose either a casket or an alternative container for the ashes. This container may be made from cardboard, fiberglass, wood, or other materials.

    Leak & Sons Funeral Homes is here to help you understand Illinois state law regarding the death, burial, or cremation of your loved one. We offer custom funeral services, cremation services, transportation, grief support, and more in our Chicago funeral home. Please visit our website or call (877) 265-0352 to learn more about our selection of high-quality caskets, urns, and clothing to fit every budget.

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    The Factors that Affect How Someone Manages Grief

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Grief is a personal process that everyone handles differently. While there is no right or wrong way to grieve, there are many factors that can affect your perception and management of grief. These factors include the manner of your loved one’s death, your relationship with that loved one, and your own personal skills or strategies for coping with death. Finding support in others you trust can help you to cope with your feelings during this time. You can learn more about grieving by watching this short video. 

    If you have lost a loved one, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes is here to help you through the funeral process. Our Chicago funeral home will help you to create the perfect memorial service and find the grief support you need during this time. Call us at (877) 265-0352 or visit our website to learn more.

    Reasons Why People Choose Cremation Over Traditional Burial Services

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Cremation reduces the human body to its most basic constituents, which may then be buried, stored, or spread according to the wishes of the deceased. In recent years, cremation services have continued to increase in popularity as an alternative to a traditional burial after death. The decision to choose cremation is a personal one, and it is a choice individuals make for many different reasons.

    Lower Cost

    Cremation offers a lower-cost alternative to a traditional burial, making it an appealing option for those wishing to reduce the burden of funeral costs for their loved ones. Ashes can be stored in an urn or scattered in a meaningful location, eliminating the need to purchase or open a gravesite. Cremation also allows for easier transportation of the body after death so that funeral services may be held in a location that does not require family members to travel.

    Less Environmental Impact

    Cremation is an appealing choice for those wishing to limit the environmental ramifications of their death. Embalming chemicals can affect surrounding soil and water, while the production of caskets requires wood and other raw materials. Burial and the upkeep of cemetery grounds upsets soil and requires consumption of water. Cremation offers a more ecologically-friendly choice for those wishing to observe a philosophy of sustainability.

    Numerous Options

    Cremation offers many options for family and friends to commemorate a loved one while allowing the deceased to be laid to rest in a location other than a cemetery. Urns may be transported with family members if they choose to relocate, while a gravesite cannot be moved. Ashes can be saved, spread in a special place, or even turned into gems or other keepsakes for family members to treasure.

    Whether you are considering a traditional burial or cremation after death, Leak & Sons Funeral Homes can offer you the options you want at an affordable cost. Contact us today by calling (877) 265-0352 to learn more about our full service funeral home. You can read through more articles about cremation and burial on our blog.  

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