With the rapid growth of relatively cheap and easy travel more and more people go abroad for their holidays, others retire to warmer climes whilst others, due to our closer ties with Europe and expanding international trade, work abroad.

Unfortunately this inevitably leads to more British subjects dying abroad either naturally or from accidental or violent causes. In consequence we are requested to arrange funerals for these persons in his/her country.

Repatriation is the process of returning a person to their place of origin or citizenship. This includes the process of returning refugees or military personnel to their place of origin following a war.

We understand what a difficult and confusing time it is when a friend or relative dies while travelling, living or working abroad. We are on hand to help families, friends and communities repatriate their loved ones to ensure a safe return home. We can advise not only on documentation but coffin and casket requirements too. We will also deal with UK authorities, embassies, consulate visits, freight booking services and delivery and collection.

Taking ashes abroad

A more affordable option to moving a body abroad for a funeral is to cremate it in the UK and repatriate the ashes, which, depending on the country of destination, can be transported in hand luggage.

The ashes must be moved abroad along with the death certificate, the certificate from the crematorium and, in some cases, a seal from the consulate of the country you are travelling to.

Depending on where the funeral is to take place, you should provide the local authorities with documentation from an appropriate doctor that prove the deceased was not suffering from any illness that would put public health at risk. As your funeral Director we can assist and organise at all stages.