§ 5-5. Findings and purpose. The citizens of Illinois have a compelling interest in the expectation that their
loved ones will be treated with the same dignity and respect in death as they are
entitled to be treated in life. The laws of the State should provide adequate protection in upholding the sanctity
of the handling and disposition of human remains and the preservation of final resting
places, but without unduly restricting family, ethnic, cultural, and religious traditions. The purpose of this Act is to ensure that the deceased be accorded equal treatment
and respect for human dignity without reference to ethnic origins, cultural backgrounds,
or religious affiliations.
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