I’ve heard that funeral directors get rich on the gold that is in people’s teeth. Shouldn’t there be a law against them taking that gold?

Dental gold has minimal value, if any at all. However, beyond that, a funeral director would never attempt to remove, change, alter or disturb the appearance of any human remains, unless requested by family members and specific permission was given and authorized by the next of kin.

For instance, when a person requests cremation, any pacemaker device must be removed prior to cremation. The reason for this is due to the intense heat of the cremation process which could cause the pacemaker to explode. However, before a pacemaker is removed, permission and authorization is obtained from the next of kin.

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