Required Cremation Forms

At-Need Forms:

Please complete the forms below if a death has occured or you expect that it will within a few days or up to a week from now. Below are the required forms and authorizations that we need to expedite your requested cremation service. All four (4) forms are REQUIRED. Please print and complete each to the best of your ability.

If you have ANY questions regarding the completion of any forms or requirements, please do not hesitate to call us at (703) 634-7966.

Please FAX the completed forms to us at (703) 677-8745.

Please fill out the forms in their entirety.

Cremation Identification
Cremation Authorization Form
Authorization for Release of Human Remains
Death Certificate Information
Designee Agreement for Carrying Out Your Wishes


Pre-Need Forms:

Please complete the forms below for preplanned or pre-need cremation arrangements. Please use the forms below if you would like to place funds aside for someone that may have months or years before they will need our services. Pre-need funds will be placed in a policy with Homesteaders Life Company for the benefit of the insured at the time of passing.

All three (3) forms including the Pre-Need Disclosures form must be completed. The Acknowledgment form allows Direct Cremation Services of Virginia to place funds in a policy on your behalf.

When the death occures we will need to have an Authorization for Cremation completed and an identification performed by the next-of-kin before we can move forward with the cremation of your remains.

If you wish to have one designated person carry out the authorizations for cremation services you will need to complete the Designee form. This form will limit authority to the person you identify in the form only.

Pre-Need Vital Statistics Information
Pre-Need Disclosures
Pre-Need Acknowledgement Form
Designee Form for Carrying Out Preneed Arrangements

What is a Funeral Designee?

In many cases families are fragmented or scattered around the country and in order to carry out certain types of dispositions (i.e. cremation), state law requires a relative to authorize the cremation and all relatives with equal authority to be in agreement of the authorization of cremation. If there are no surviving relatives or you have a relative with the authority to authorize that is missing, you should strongly consider completing a designee agreement prior to your passing.

At the time of a death this process can become very stressful and if all parties are not able or are not in agreement then the expense of a lawyer and a Court Order will add time and cost to the cremation or funeral.

This designee allows a person to assign one person, even if it is not the legal next of kin, to carry out the arrangements for their disposition, (i.e. cremation, burial or donation). Some people think a legal “Will” can solve this issue, but it does not, because a “Will” is not probated for at least two weeks after a death has occurred. Power of Attorney ends at the time of death and that person is not able to authorize disposition of the deceased.

This is the Code of Virginia pertaining to a funeral designee:

§ 54.1-2825. Person to make arrangements for disposition of remains.

A. Any person may designate in a signed and notarized writing, which has been accepted in writing by the person so designated, an individual who shall make arrangements and be otherwise responsible for his funeral and the disposition of his remains, including cremation, interment, entombment, or memorialization, or some combination thereof, upon his death. Such designee shall have priority over all persons otherwise entitled to make such arrangements, provided that a copy of the signed and notarized writing is provided to the funeral service establishment and to the cemetery, if any, no later than 48 hours after the funeral service establishment has received the remains. Nothing in this section shall preclude any next of kin from paying any costs associated with any funeral or disposition of any remains, provided that such payment is made with the concurrence of any person designated to make arrangements.