What do I do if someone dies abroad

If a relative or friend dies while you are abroad with them

All deaths must be registered in the country where the death occurs. Your tour guide, the local police or the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate can advise you on how to go about this. Make sure you have as much documentation as possible about the person who has died and yourself. This should include:

If the person suffered from an infectious condition, for example Hepatitis or HIV viruses, it is essential that the authorities are told so that they can take precautions against infection. You do not have to register a death at the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate, but by doing so, you will obtain a death registration document and a permanent copy of it will always be available in English from the General Register Office in the UK.

In Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa and UK overseas territories British Embassies, High Commissions or Consulates cannot currently issue death certificates. Local ones are sufficient for British purposes.

If a relative or friend dies abroad while you are in the UK

If the death has been reported to a British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate overseas, the details will be passed to the UK police and they will tell the next of kin as soon as possible.
If you hear of the death from a third party you should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) on 020 7008 1500 and ask for the country desk in Consular Directorate.
Consular staff in London will keep in touch with the family until burial or cremation overseas (where local authorities allow these for foreigners) or until the person has been brought back to the UK.
Consular staff in London will pass overseas the wishes of the next of kin about funeral arrangements.

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Funeral Director fees

The price quoted contains the Funeral Director fees for a simple funeral. This includes:

  • Funeral Director fees for meetings, paperwork and running the funeral
  • Collection of the deceased and care prior to funeral
  • Hearse or appropriate vehicle for transport to the funeral
  • Basic coffin

The Funeral Director fees quoted do not include third party costs (often called disbursements). The Funeral Director will guide you through your options. These costs are:

  • Cremation or burial fees
  • Medical certificate for cremation
  • Clergy or officiant fee for conducting the ceremony

In addition to the disbursements you may want to discuss optional costs with your Funeral Director - these could include:

  • Funeral flowers
  • Memorial (venue hire, catering etc)
  • Memorial headstone
  • Orders of service
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What is a Direct Cremation?

A Direct Cremation is an alternative to the traditional funeral. This involves the cremation of the deceased without a funeral service. A Direct Cremation is generally the most economic option because costs of the coffin, preparation of the body, funeral service and expensive transportation are not included. However, many people choose Direct Cremations for reasons other than expense, for example:

  • - Wanting to have a memorial at a different time to the cremation
  • - Expressed desire from the deceased to not have a ceremony
  • - Individuals with relatives who face big physical or geographical challenges in coming together for a ceremony

The prices quoted for Direct Cremations include:

  • All charges, meetings and paperwork for the cremation
  • Collection of deceased and care prior to cremation
  • A simple coffin and urn for the ashes
  • Cremation fees and delivery of ashes to the family
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Why is this price Estimated?

We work hard to ensure the Funeral Director Fees we display are accurate and up to date. However, unlike with our partners, we cannot guarantee this price is correct today.

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Funeral Choice charity donation

To redeem the £20 charity donation all you have to do is select the charity from the dropdown list in the Make Contact form. Once you have confirmed arrangements with that funeral director send us an email to [email protected] confirming the service has been arranged. After we receive this email we will make the donation to the chosen charity and confirm back to you.

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