What happens if I die in the UK but want my body to return to my home country?

What happens if I die in the UK but want my body to return to my home country?

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Last time we had a look at what happens if you die abroad and want your body to be returned to the UK

Today, we take a brief look at what happens to those individuals that die in the UK but want to be repatriated to their home country.

Where a death occurs in the UK, registration of that death must take place within the UK (as registration of a death in the UK is compulsory where the death occurred in the UK). 

For foreign residents in the UK, permission must be sought from the Coroner for repatriation to take place. Your family (or the person dealing with your death) may also need to register the death with the Consulate abroad too, especially where you are wanting your body to be returned to that country.

In order to be returned to your home country, following death, the body must be embalmed and laid to rest in a special coffin. It will also be necessary for the Embalmer, the Coroner, Medical Staff and Environmental Health to complete all of the necessary paperwork before repatriation can take place.

If you have any questions or would like to consider planning for your future, by putting a Will, Lasting Power of Attorney or a Funeral Plan in place, please call us on 01727 865121 or drop us an email Info@TotalLegacyCare.co.uk 

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