About Legal Issues and Decisions

As we are all aware, many legal considerations come into play throughout our lives. This is also true in reference to our death and the death of loved ones and family members. There are legal considerations prior to someone’s death, such as a living will, to be considered during the advance funeral planning process, but there is also a plentitude of legal issues to be considered by the family or loved ones of the deceased, and the funeral director after death occurs.

As a funeral director, your job includes ensuring that all legalities are considered and handled professionally. These legalities include dealings with the medical examiner and the person responsible for making decisions on behalf of the deceased.

Understanding when and why autopsies and other tests may be required, and the ability to explain these necessities to the family and loved ones is an essential aspect of your role.

Once you have completed this course, you will have a comprehensive understanding of these legal issues and the decisions that need to be made as a funeral director.

Course curriculum

Icons & text

  • Self-Paced Learning

    Learn at your own pace, proceeding from one topic to the next at a speed that works for you. Your course progress will be saved for when you return.

  • Online Convenience

    A fully online experience. With no required textbook and an online resource library, you can complete this course while on the go.

  • Professional Development

    Supplement your career with continuous learning, whether you're new to the funeral profession or a seasoned professional.

Pricing options

Explain how different pricing options might be valuable to different segments of your audience.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Geoff Carnell

    Instructor & Founder

    Geoff Carnell

    Geoff Carnell entered the funeral profession quite suddenly. After his father died unexpectedly in 1987, Geoff went to their family-owned funeral home to plan his father’s funeral as the new owner. He was 34 and the 6th generation in the family business. As a Professional Engineer, he was able to bring a different perspective to the funeral home profession. Since becoming the full-time president of Carnell’s Funeral Home Ltd. in 1988, he has installed a crematorium, created showrooms for caskets and cremation options, reconfigured and enlarged the on-site chapel, developed a passion for writing about the profession, and published two books: “When the Sun Sets, A guide to Funeral Planning” for a Canadian audience and “The Complete Guide to Funeral Planning, How to Arrange the Appropriate Funeral,” for the American public.

New Registrants Welcome!

Enhance your career, gain insight, and knowledge: Register Today In The Continuing Education Program For Licensed Funeral Professionals

Get started now