Colorado Funeral Directors Association

Laws regarding Final Disposition in Colorado

Colorado laws allow for individuals to choose and declare their wishes for arrangements after death.

A declaration form is provided in Colorado Revised Statutes that must be completed and retained with personal records such as a will, codicil, trust or power of attorney.

The following is a portion of the Last Remains laws referenced in Colorado Revised Statutes. Click on the link above to read the entire statute.

C.R.S. 15-19-102


*** This document reflects changes current through all laws passed at the First Regular Session
of the Sixty-Ninth General Assembly of the State of Colorado (2013) ***


C.R.S. 15-19-102 (2013)

15-19-102. Legislative declaration - construction

(1) The general assembly finds and declares that:
(a) A competent adult individual has the right and power to direct the disposition of his or her remains after death and should be protected from interested persons who may try to impose their wishes regarding such disposition contrary to the deceased's desires.

(b) A statute that determines priority of individuals to direct the disposition of a decedent's remains is necessary if the decedent fails to direct such disposition or fails to provide the resources necessary to carry out such disposition or if a dispute arises between interested persons regarding such disposition.

(c) The right to direct the disposition of one's remains must be stated in writing to better protect a third party who relies in good faith on such decisions.

(2) This article shall be interpreted liberally to carry out a decedent's intent when not conflicting with this article.

(3) This article shall not be construed to:

(a) Subject to section 15-19-104 (3), invalidate a declaration or a will, codicil, trust, power of appointment, or power of attorney;

(b) Invalidate any act of an agent, guardian, or conservator;

(c) Affect any claim, right, or remedy that accrued prior to August 6, 2003;

(d) Authorize or encourage acts that violate the constitution, statutes, rules, case law, or public policy of Colorado or the United States;

(e) Abridge contracts;

(f) Modify the standards, ethics, or protocols of the practice of medicine;

(g) Compel or authorize a health care provider or health care facility, as defined in section 15-14-505, to administer medical treatment that is medically inappropriate or contrary to federal or other Colorado law; or

(h) Permit or authorize euthanasia or an affirmative or deliberate act to end a person's life.

Colorado Funeral Directors Association,  P O Box 631664, Highlands Ranch, CO 80163-1664 U.S.A. 

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