Upon confirming that a loved one is buried on Hart Island, families may make arrangements with a licensed funeral home to request a disinterment for the purposes of reburial elsewhere, such as in a private cemetery or cremation. HRA does not charge a fee to locate, disinter and release the remains of the deceased to the authorized funeral home. Disinterments are conditioned on the recoverability of the remains.

To arrange for relocation and reburial or cremation of your loved one, you must contact a licensed funeral director, who will charge a fee for services. The funeral director will help with obtaining a disinterment permit from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Office of Vital Records. Once a permit is granted, the funeral director must mail the following documents to the Human Resources Administration's Office of Burial Services:

  1. The original Disinterment Permit.
  2. A formal written request for disinterment on letterhead from a licensed funeral home.

The address to mail these two (2) documents is:

New York City Human Resources Administration
Office of Burial Services - Hart Island Division
375 Pearl Street , 24th Floor
New York, NY 10038

The Office of Burial Services will schedule the disinterment and coordinate with the funeral home for transfer of the remains. For more information, please contact the Office of Burial Services – Hart Island Division by calling 929-221-6860 or by submitting a request online.

Financial assistance may be available for costs associated with the reburial or cremation of low income decedents after disinterment from Hart Island. For more information please visit the Office of Burial Services.