It can be a doubly stressful experience to any family to lose a loved one and not be able to fly back the deceased body to the home country right away. International repatriation of deceased is no ordinary case, and there are companies and international organizations that can promise to take care of your repatriation needs. However, this means a lot of work on your end too. But everything is doable and fixable as long as you stay focused on the process. This means you have to be ready with dealing with different people and communicating every so often to ensure the safe repatriation of your loved one’s deceased body.
Kayla, whose father died in Dubai, shared her experience with repatriation of deceased body in 2017, “The funeral director will ask for several information like nationality, date of death, insurance policy if any, and stuff like whether you prefer to have it cremated or buried. It can be time consuming and a bit demanding, but remember that this is a person you love and you need to do everything to bring the body home so all families and friends can say their last goodbyes to the person. I had to set aside grieving for a while when I took care of everything during the repatriation. I had to be detached from the sadness for a while because there were many papers to signs and people to call. It taught me to be mindful.” Kayla mentioned that repatriation costs may vary, “It depends. There can be packages that will be offered to you. The types of coffin, the airline that will carry the body home, some rites that may follow. The thing to remember is to keep everything simple and direct so there won’t be too much disturbance and delay. One of the greatest things I learned in the process is to be very amiable and diplomatic to everyone for a speedy processing. Avoid unwanted confrontations and talking down to people. While you are paying them, it is still important to show respect at what they do for you, which I personally think is noble and priceless.”
In UK for instance, “To bring the body home you must get a certified English translation of the death certificate to get permission to remove the body, issued by a coroner (or equivalent) in the country where the person died; tell a coroner in England if the death was violent or unnatural,” wrote an unnamed writer of the article What to do after someone dies as posted at gov.uk. The article further shared, “Once the body is home, take the death certificate to the register office in the area where the funeral is taking place. As the death has already been registered abroad, the registrar will give you a ‘certificate of no liability to register’. Give this to the funeral director so the funeral can go ahead. If you’re arranging the funeral yourself, give the certificate back to the registrar after the funeral’s taken place. You must do this within 96 hours of the funeral.”