Established as a committee in 1955. In 1983 renamed as an advisory council.
1989 Minn. Laws Chap. 282 Sec. 44 changed the membership requirements to two public members and added a fifth member who would be a full-time academic staff member of the course in mortuary science at the University of Minnesota.
According to the 1995 Annual Compilation and Statistical Report: Membership on State Councils, Boards and Commissions, the council expired June 30, 1994 per M.S. 15.059 subd. 5 as amended by Laws of 1993.