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410 ILCS 18/20

    (410 ILCS 18/20)
    (Text of Section before amendment by P.A. 102-824)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 20. Authorization to cremate.
    (a) A crematory authority shall not cremate human remains until it has received all of the following:
        (1) A cremation authorization form signed by an
    
authorizing agent. The cremation authorization form shall be provided by the crematory authority and shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:
            (A) The identity of the human remains and the
        
time and date of death.
            (B) The name of the funeral director and funeral
        
establishment, if applicable, that obtained the cremation authorization.
            (C) Notification as to whether the death
        
occurred from a disease declared by the Department of Health to be infectious, contagious, communicable, or dangerous to the public health.
            (D) The name of the authorizing agent and the
        
relationship between the authorizing agent and the decedent.
            (E) A representation that the authorizing agent
        
does in fact have the right to authorize the cremation of the decedent, and that the authorizing agent is not aware of any living person who has a superior priority right to that of the authorizing agent, as set forth in Section 15. In the event there is another living person who has a superior priority right to that of the authorizing agent, the form shall contain a representation that the authorizing agent has made all reasonable efforts to contact that person, has been unable to do so, and has no reason to believe that the person would object to the cremation of the decedent.
            (F) Authorization for the crematory authority to
        
cremate the human remains.
            (G) A representation that the human remains do
        
not contain a pacemaker or any other material or implant that may be potentially hazardous or cause damage to the cremation chamber or the person performing the cremation.
            (H) The name of the person authorized to receive
        
the cremated remains from the crematory authority.
            (I) The manner in which final disposition of the
        
cremated remains is to take place, if known. If the cremation authorization form does not specify final disposition in a grave, crypt, niche, or scattering area, then the form may indicate that the cremated remains will be held by the crematory authority for 30 days before they are released, unless they are picked up from the crematory authority prior to that time, in person, by the authorizing agent. At the end of the 30 days the crematory authority may return the cremated remains to the authorizing agent if no final disposition arrangements are made; or at the end of 60 days the crematory authority may dispose of the cremated remains in accordance with subsection (d) of Section 40.
            (J) A listing of any items of value to be
        
delivered to the crematory authority along with the human remains, and instructions as to how the items should be handled.
            (K) A specific statement as to whether the
        
authorizing agent has made arrangements for any type of viewing of the decedent before cremation, or for a service with the decedent present before cremation in connection with the cremation, and if so, the date and time of the viewing or service and whether the crematory authority is authorized to proceed with the cremation upon receipt of the human remains.
            (L) The signature of the authorizing agent,
        
attesting to the accuracy of all representations contained on the cremation authorization form, except as set forth in paragraph (M) of this subsection.
            (M) If a cremation authorization form is being
        
executed on a pre-need basis, the cremation authorization form shall contain the disclosure required by subsection (b) of Section 140.
            (N) The cremation authorization form, other than
        
pre-need cremation forms, shall also be signed by a funeral director or other representative of the funeral establishment that obtained the cremation authorization. That individual shall merely execute the cremation authorization form as a witness and shall not be responsible for any of the representations made by the authorizing agent, unless the individual has actual knowledge to the contrary. The information requested by items (A), (B), (C) and (G) of this subsection, however, shall be considered to be representations of the authorizing agent. In addition, the funeral director or funeral establishment shall warrant to the crematory that the human remains delivered to the crematory authority are the human remains identified on the cremation authorization form.
        (2) A completed and executed burial transit permit
    
indicating that the human remains are to be cremated.
        (3) Any other documentation required by this State.
    (b) If an authorizing agent is not available to execute a cremation authorization form in person, that person may delegate that authority to another person in writing, or by sending the crematory authority a facsimile transmission that contains the name, address, and relationship of the sender to the decedent and the name and address of the individual to whom authority is delegated. Upon receipt of the written document, or facsimile transmission, telegram, or other electronic telecommunications transmission which specifies the individual to whom authority has been delegated, the crematory authority shall allow this individual to serve as the authorizing agent and to execute the cremation authorization form. The crematory authority shall be entitled to rely upon the cremation authorization form without liability.
    (c) An authorizing agent who signs a cremation authorization form shall be deemed to warrant the truthfulness of any facts set forth on the cremation authorization form, including that person's authority to order the cremation; except for the information required by items (C) and (G) of paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section, unless the authorizing agent has actual knowledge to the contrary. An authorizing agent signing a cremation authorization form shall be personally and individually liable for all damages occasioned by and resulting from authorizing the cremation.
    (d) A crematory authority shall have authority to cremate human remains upon the receipt of a cremation authorization form signed by an authorizing agent. There shall be no liability for a crematory authority that cremates human remains according to an authorization, or that releases or disposes of the cremated remains according to an authorization, except for a crematory authority's gross negligence, provided that the crematory authority performs its functions in compliance with this Act.
    (e) After an authorizing agent has executed a cremation authorization form, the authorizing agent may revoke the authorization and instruct the crematory authority to cancel the cremation and to release or deliver the human remains to another crematory authority or funeral establishment. The instructions shall be provided to the crematory authority in writing. A crematory authority shall honor any instructions given to it by an authorizing agent under this Section if it receives the instructions prior to beginning the cremation of the human remains.
(Source: P.A. 96-863, eff. 3-1-12; 97-679, eff. 2-6-12.)
 
    (Text of Section after amendment by P.A. 102-824)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 20. Authorization to cremate.
    (a) A crematory authority shall not cremate human remains until it has received all of the following:
        (1) A cremation authorization form signed, in either
    
paper or electronic format, by an authorizing agent. The cremation authorization form shall be provided by the crematory authority and shall contain, at a minimum, the following information:
            (A) The identity of the human remains and the
        
time and date of death.
            (B) The name of the funeral director and funeral
        
establishment, if applicable, that obtained the cremation authorization.
            (C) Notification as to whether the death
        
occurred from a disease declared by the Department of Health to be infectious, contagious, communicable, or dangerous to the public health.
            (D) The name of the authorizing agent and the
        
relationship between the authorizing agent and the decedent.
            (E) A representation that the authorizing agent
        
does in fact have the right to authorize the cremation of the decedent, and that the authorizing agent is not aware of any living person who has a superior priority right to that of the authorizing agent, as set forth in Section 15. In the event there is another living person who has a superior priority right to that of the authorizing agent, the form shall contain a representation that the authorizing agent has made all reasonable efforts to contact that person, has been unable to do so, and has no reason to believe that the person would object to the cremation of the decedent.
            (F) Authorization for the crematory authority to
        
cremate the human remains.
            (G) A representation that the human remains do
        
not contain a pacemaker or any other material or implant that may be potentially hazardous or cause damage to the cremation chamber or the person performing the cremation.
            (H) The name of the person authorized to receive
        
the cremated remains from the crematory authority.
            (I) The manner in which final disposition of the
        
cremated remains is to take place, if known. If the cremation authorization form does not specify final disposition in a grave, crypt, niche, or scattering area, then the form may indicate that the cremated remains will be held by the crematory authority for 30 days before they are released, unless they are picked up from the crematory authority prior to that time, in person, by the authorizing agent. At the end of the 30 days the crematory authority may return the cremated remains to the authorizing agent if no final disposition arrangements are made; or at the end of 60 days the crematory authority may dispose of the cremated remains in accordance with subsection (d) of Section 40.
            (J) A listing of any items of value to be
        
delivered to the crematory authority along with the human remains, and instructions as to how the items should be handled.
            (K) A specific statement as to whether the
        
authorizing agent has made arrangements for any type of viewing of the decedent before cremation, or for a service with the decedent present before cremation in connection with the cremation, and if so, the date and time of the viewing or service and whether the crematory authority is authorized to proceed with the cremation upon receipt of the human remains.
            (L) The signature, in either paper or electronic
        
format, of the authorizing agent, attesting to the accuracy of all representations contained on the cremation authorization form, except as set forth in paragraph (M) of this subsection.
            (M) If a cremation authorization form is being
        
executed on a pre-need basis, the cremation authorization form shall contain the disclosure required by subsection (b) of Section 140.
            (N) The cremation authorization form, other than
        
pre-need cremation forms, shall also be signed, in either paper or electronic format, by a funeral director or other representative of the funeral establishment that obtained the cremation authorization. That individual shall merely execute the cremation authorization form as a witness and shall not be responsible for any of the representations made by the authorizing agent, unless the individual has actual knowledge to the contrary. The information requested by items (A), (B), (C) and (G) of this subsection, however, shall be considered to be representations of the authorizing agent. In addition, the funeral director or funeral establishment shall warrant to the crematory that the human remains delivered to the crematory authority are the human remains identified on the cremation authorization form.
        (2) A completed and executed burial transit permit
    
indicating that the human remains are to be cremated.
        (3) Any other documentation required by this State.
    (b) If an authorizing agent is not available to execute a cremation authorization form in person, that person may delegate that authority to another person in writing, or by sending the crematory authority a facsimile transmission that contains the name, address, and relationship of the sender to the decedent and the name and address of the individual to whom authority is delegated. Upon receipt of the written document, or facsimile transmission, telegram, or other electronic telecommunications transmission which specifies the individual to whom authority has been delegated, the crematory authority shall allow this individual to serve as the authorizing agent and to execute the cremation authorization form. The crematory authority shall be entitled to rely upon the cremation authorization form without liability.
    (c) An authorizing agent who signs, in either paper or electronic format, a cremation authorization form shall be deemed to warrant the truthfulness of any facts set forth on the cremation authorization form, including that person's authority to order the cremation; except for the information required by items (C) and (G) of paragraph (1) of subsection (a) of this Section, unless the authorizing agent has actual knowledge to the contrary. An authorizing agent signing, in either paper or electronic format, a cremation authorization form shall be personally and individually liable for all damages occasioned by and resulting from authorizing the cremation.
    (d) A crematory authority shall have authority to cremate human remains upon the receipt of a cremation authorization form signed, in either paper or electronic format, by an authorizing agent. There shall be no liability for a crematory authority that cremates human remains according to an authorization, or that releases or disposes of the cremated remains according to an authorization, except for a crematory authority's gross negligence, provided that the crematory authority performs its functions in compliance with this Act.
    (e) After an authorizing agent has executed a cremation authorization form, the authorizing agent may revoke the authorization and instruct the crematory authority to cancel the cremation and to release or deliver the human remains to another crematory authority or funeral establishment. The instructions shall be provided to the crematory authority in writing. A crematory authority shall honor any instructions given to it by an authorizing agent under this Section if it receives the instructions prior to beginning the cremation of the human remains.
(Source: P.A. 102-824, eff. 1-1-23.)