Must you be ordained to conduct a funeral service in West Virginia?

1 answer | Last updated: Sep 14, 2017
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I'm not a minister or ordained, but was asked to conduct funeral service for my uncle. Is this against the law?

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Rebekah Peoples, CFSP, CPC, Is a licensed funeral director and embalmer. She is passionate about serving others and believes that giving clients honest, accurate information empowers them to create tributes and services that are meaningful and appropriate. Her tips about funerals and life can be found at

No, it's not against the law. It speaks well of you that his family asked you to conduct the service. It's more personal and more meaningful when a family member speaks.