Scattering ashes abroad

As opposed to scattering a loved one’s ashes in the UK, some people wish to scatter the ashes in a sentimental location which may be overseas. Taking ashes abroad is entirely possible, as long as a few precautions are considered ahead of time. Certain countries have very particular guidelines on the scattering of ashes, so be sure to do your research.

Taking ashes abroad to scatter

To travel with the ashes of a loved one, you will be required to have the death certificate and the certificate of cremation. It is also wise to have proof of your relationship with the deceased, as well as a document from your funeral director or the crematorium explaining that the urn contains the ashes of the person who has passed.

Guidelines to consider

The advice you’ll receive on scattering ashes abroad will vary depending on where you are going and the mode of transport. After you have gathered the relevant paperwork, the next step is to get in touch with your airline and ask about their regulations.

In most cases, the airline will advise the following:

What sort of container should be used?

When you’re transporting the ashes of a loved one from one country to another, the safe carriage of the ashes is paramount. However, it is not unlikely that you will be searched at customs, particularly if you have protected the ashes using multiple containers.

To avoid any such mishaps, consider the following:

Transporting ashes abroad unaccompanied

Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to post ashes abroad as you normally would a package. To ensure the ashes of a loved one are transported safely, use a courier that specialises in repatriation.

For more information or if we can offer further help and advice, call Your Funeral Choice on 01983 754387.

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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

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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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