• Try this link. It looks like they have to have a temporary death certificate at the very least to bury a body. It says that funeral homes will not bury a body without it. After the death certificate has been signed, local authorities usually issue a certificate of disposition of remains, also known as a burial or cremation permit. Crematories and cemeteries require this form before they will cremate or bury a body. Here is another link with great info.
  • That all depends upon the local state law. In many states, burial can take place before the death certificate is issued. Otherwise,in many locations, the funeral might have to be delayed for weeks. A death certificate can be issued with a cause of death "pending". This is usually in cases where toxocolgy reports might be delayed for quite some time. The body can always be exhumed for futher examination, if needed.

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