When a death occurs abroad two options are possible for the family, either the repatriation of the ashes or the body. You must know that the repatriation of the ashes is less expensive and that it requires less legal formalities. In the one case as in the other, we are here to accompany you thru all the steps.
When the death occurs, the body must be cared for by a local funeral home. If you have a life insurance, make sure you contact them in the shortest possible time in order to know the procedure to follow and whether they have an agreement with a local home. During a repatriation of ashes, the funeral home will have to proceed to the cremation, declare the death according to their laws and regulations, and provide proof of official death and of cremation. During a repatriation of body, the difference is that the funeral home must proceed with the embalming according to international standards and provide a certificate of embalming.
Our role is to communicate with the local funeral home in order to be present at each step to ensure it meets all the necessary formalities and that it provides all the documents needed. We organise and schedule transport, we recover the deceased at the airport and organise the funeral with you at your return.
The repatriation can be complex depending on the country, but be aware that we have the knowledge and the necessary contacts to assist you through this process.
We invite you to consult the following brochure in order to know the various steps to follow when a death occurs abroad.