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Apex couple opts to have conjoined twins cremated in Virginia because of NC law

Posted May 31, 2018 10:48 p.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2018 11:14 a.m. EDT

— One week after an Apex couple revealed their devastation after learning their conjoined twins could not be cremated because of a North Carolina law, Dan and Kristin Christensen shared positive news about their effort to have their daughters cremated.

The family has selected a crematory in Virginia and are expecting the ashes of their girls to be returned very soon.

Because of a rare condition, the babies were intertwined and were delivered stillborn several weeks ago.

The family wanted to have their girls cremated together and their ashes brought home, but a North Carolina law stood in the way. State law prohibits the cremation of more than one person within the same cremation chamber.

The Christensens said that since their story aired on WRAL News, several lawmakers have reached out to them about changing the North Carolina law. One lawmaker even assured them a bill would be introduced very soon.

In the meantime, the couple has started their own campaign to change the law, launching an online petition that currently has more than 1,200 signatures.

While unable to have the cremation done in North Carolina, the couple learned it could be done in South Carolina or Virginia.

Now they are now able to heal and keep the memory of their daughters, Kadence and Olivia, the couple said. The Christensens said they are cherishing the little footprints and sonogram of their conjoined twins.

The Christensens are planning a small service for the girls next week at the same pavilion at Jordan Lake State Park, which is where the couple was married.