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Dying abroad and repatriation

If someone dies whilst travelling abroad and has a valid insurance policy, the Deceased’s travel insurance provider will contact and pay for the services of a specialist company. They will attend to the practicalities involved in bringing the deceased back to the UK, so the funeral can take place close to home. In these circumstances, the travel insurance policy would cover returning the deceased  to the UK and transferring them into our care to our premises.

If there is no valid insurance cover in place, the cost for the repatriation would need to be paid for by the deceased’s family or estate. If this is the case, we can put families in touch with a specialist company who operate in that country, or you may prefer to engage the services of a funeral director in that country. Under these circumstances we would often collect the deceased from the airport and would estimate the cost of this as part of the funeral arrangements.

Once the deceased is in our care, we would then liaise with the necessary authorities, including the local Coroner, to obtain permission to proceed with the funeral. The funeral arrangements can then be finalised in the normal way.

The death certificate will be issued in country where your family member died, and may not be in English. If you want us to, we can arrange for the death certificate to be translated from any language into English. We may also have to obtain translations of other documents in order for the Coroner to review the circumstances of the death.

We can also arrange for the repatriation of someone who has died in our area, either to another country or another part of the UK. Please contact us, and we can work out the most appropriate arrangements and an estimated cost.