First and foremost, let me clarify this has absolutely nothing to do with burying someone. The entire focus of the Undertaker’s Doctrine is whether someone can be liable civilly for helping someone in danger. Surprise, you can be held liable! According to a Supreme Court of Florida decision, the Undertaker’s Doctrine requires that whenever one undertakes to provide a service to others, the individual thereby assumes a duty to act carefully and to not put others at an undue risk of harm. For example, let’s say you are at a public pool with your family. Suddenly, you see a young man drowning. The person sitting next to you jumps up and starts running towards the drowning young man. As he reaches the drowning young man, the Good Samaritan decides he would rather not help and the young man drowns. As a result of the Samaritan’s actions, no one else responds. In other words, everyone else relied on the Good Samaritan. In this scenario because the Samaritan did not act reasonably, he could be held liable. Thus, even though the Samaritan was not a life guard, he could still be liable simply for starting to act and quitting. The Undertaker’s Doctrine would also have applied to a life guard or anyone else that assumes responsibility under a contract. Folks, the moral of the story is if you’re going to help please make sure your actions are reasonable.