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What Happens to Your Body When You Pass Away?


After your passing, family and loved ones are often left in distress and without direction regarding your preferences. With the help of Scarola Law, and a Disposition of Last Remains document, you can relieve this burden while ensuring your wishes are officially known and carried out as you intended. In Colorado, there are several options available for disposition of one’s body, including burial, cremation, donation to science, and/or anatomical gift donation.


A Disposition of Last Remains will also communicate instructions regarding your ceremonial preferences and notify memorial and funeral service directors who you’ve chosen to oversee your arrangements.


To further protect your rights, the legislature even passed the Colorado Disposition of Last Remains Act (C.R.S. section 15-19-101 through -108) to prevent an interested party from interfering with preferences stated in your Disposition of Last Remains. It authorizes you to provide advanced written instructions, binding all parties to follow directions in regards to whom you put in charge of arrangements, as well as your burial, cremation, entombment, funeral arrangements, memorial service.

If funeral arrangement choices are currently addressed in your will or a power of attorney document, your Disposition of Last Remains will revoke all prior statements. By working with an attorney at Scarola Law your disposition document will be prepared according to Colorado law and all other legal paperwork discussing these matters can be updated accordingly.

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