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Written by Max Cotton, Standard-Examiner

 

The Missouri House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for people who are unavailable to handle post-death arrangements.

 

The bill would allow a next-of-kin to designate someone to handle the arrangements if they are unavailable. The designee must be over 18 and mentally competent. It does not have to be a family member.

 

The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Lyndall Fraker, R-Marshfield, called the bill “pretty common sense.”

 

He said this bill would help people in the military and those who are on extended trips.

 

“Sometimes speed is a necessity, especially if the family wants to have a cremation or wants to get the body prepared, so they need someone to be able to make those decisions,” Fraker said.

 

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