If somebody dies abroad, or a person has died in England and needs returning to their native country, there are a number of options open to the person making the arrangements.

We are able to offer advise on all aspects of repatriation, and we can take the worry out of the process for you.

Repatriation from abroad

Repatriation from abroad can be a complicated, stressful and expensive process. If you are travelling on holiday, and you have holiday insurance (which we highly recommend you do), then your insurer should be your first point of contact, as they will normally have procedures in place to repatriate a deceased person. They will usually make all the arrangements for you, and advise on anything you need to do to comply with local laws.

If you have moved, or you are thinking about moving abroad to live, holiday insurance will not normally be adequate. We recommend that you investigate with your preferred insurer about repatriation insurance.

When the deceased is repatriated into the country, we can advise you on what else needs to happen. The Coroner has to be informed and will decide whether further investigations into the death need to be carried out. Once this has been decided, we will be able to go about making funeral arrangements for you.

Repatriation from England to another country

Repatriating a deceased person from England to another country, such as their place of birth, is often a simpler process. We will arrange for the deceased to be embalmed, provide a suitable coffin for transport, arrange the flights, and transfer the deceased to the airport. We will advise you on the necessary legal requirements at the time.

Need to find out more?

If you require further information, please contact our offices and we will be pleased to advise you.

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