No one wants to think of someone they love passing away, but it can be even more difficult when this occurs in a foreign country. Someone who lives abroad or has been travelling could pass while they are away from home and this requires repatriation of the body.
If you find yourself in this position, you’ll need to complete the following steps:
Report the Death
First, you’ll need to report the death in the country where the person died, if this has not been done. You will also need to report to your home authorities in the U.K. A death certificate should be issued from the coroner of the country where the death occurred.
If you are in the country, you’ll need to identify the deceased in most cases. If you are not in the country and there is no one to complete the identification, you may need to travel or the local authorities will perform the identification.
The person’s insurance company will also need to be informed, particularly if they had travel insurance. This will usually cover repatriation costs.
Request Permission to Repatriate the Body
You’ll need permission to take a body out of the country from the relevant authorities. In most cases, the nearest British embassy will be able to help you with this step. You will not be able to repatriate the deceased until the local process is complete. This will depend on several factors, including whether the death was natural, an accident, or nefarious.
Have the Death Certificate Translated
In order to repatriate the body, you will need the death certificate in English. If the original is in another language, it needs to be translated by a certified translator. This will help you with all the other paperwork that is involved.
Hire an International Funeral Director
In order to process everything and make the arrangements back home, you’ll need a funeral director who is equipped to manage international funeral arrangements. They will aid you in getting the deceased’s body back to its final resting place and can manage everything from embalming and transport to the casket and funeral ceremony.
If you need help repatriating a loved one who has passed abroad, you’ll need someone who knows what is required. At
Normington and Sons, we understand the ins and outs of repatriation.
Contact us and let us help you bring your loved one home.