Montana Cremation


In Montana, before a body can be cremated, the coroner, the mortician, the physician in attendance at death, or a certified advanced practice registered nurse must sign a form called the "Authorization for Removal, Transportation and Final Disposition of a Dead Body."  This form must be submitted to the Vital Statistics Bureau of the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). 

In Montana, human remains may not be cremated except in a licensed crematory. 

Cremation tends to be less expensive than traditional burial.  For example, the cost of cremation is typically in the $1,000 to $3,000 range, whereas an average traditional burial costs around $7,500.  

If you want to be cremated, you should contact a Matrium Law Group attorney at (406) 552-7814 or at to ensure that your estate planning documents reflect your wishes.  

If you do not leave after death care directions (care of your body, burial, cremation, funeral home preference), Montana law provides that the following people can make that decision, in the following order:

• a spouse

• a majority of adult children

• a parent

• a close relative of the deceased, or

• in the absence of a person listed previously, a personal representative, a public administrator or others as designated by the Montana Board of Funeral Service. 

Matrium Law Group is a family law and estate planning law firm.  We are committed to providing excellent, practical, and affordable legal counsel to our clients.  We are located in Missoula, Montana and we help individuals, families, and businesses throughout Montana.  For more information about Matrium Law Group, visit our website at