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Question: Can a funeral be done without any newspaper notices to inform the public?

N.L. Hope

Dear N.L.,

Yes. There are no laws that state a notice must be put in the newspaper. We, as funeral directors, have to report the death to the city or town where the person passed away by filing a death certificate. We also notify Social Security.

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