The loss of a loved one is never easy and the stress of arranging a fitting funeral can be incredibly difficult to deal with. This process can be made even more challenging when the loved one dies overseas. The death of a loved one overseas will often mean that the body will need to be brought home and this will require a process known as body repatriation.
The following information is provided to explain the process clearly with information around how long it can take, why some people choose to arrange body repatriation and how much the service can typically cost. If you require any further information or assistance please get in contact with us and we will do our best to support you and clarify anything about the process.
What is body repatriation?
Repatriation is the return of individuals to their country of origin. This may be voluntary or involuntary, and it may occur for a variety of reasons. For instance, people may be repatriated because they have been forced to leave their country of origin due to conflict or persecution. They may also be repatriated as part of an amnesty program, or because they have been granted asylum in another country. Repatriation can be a difficult and traumatic experience, particularly if it is involuntary. Individuals may face a range of challenges upon their return, including reintegrating into their community, dealing with family members who may have stayed behind, and rebuilding their lives. Repatriation may also be done for religious or cultural reasons, or because the deceased person’s family wishes to bury them in their home country. Whatever the reason, body repatriation is deeply personal and can often be a complex and costly process, and in some regrettable circumstances, it may not always be possible to repatriate the body of a loved one who has died overseas.
How long can body repatriation take?
The process of body repatriation, or the return of a person’s remains to their home country, can take a significant amount of time. Depending on the circumstances, it can take weeks or even months for the body to be returned. In most circumstances, the body can be returned to the preferred location in around 10-15 days but this depends on a large number of factors. The first is the location of the death. If the death occurs in a remote area, it can take time to get the body to a city where it can be prepared for transport. The second is the country of origin. If the deceased is from a country that is far away, it can take longer to get the necessary paperwork and travel arrangements in order. Lastly, the wishes of the deceased’s family can also impact the timeline. If the family wants a traditional burial or cremation, this can add to the length of time it takes to repatriate the body. Overall, body repatriation can be a lengthy and complicated process. The length of time it takes can be a burden on the family and friends of the deceased, as they often have to wait a long time for closure. It is important to be aware of the potential timeframe if you are dealing with the death of a loved one who is overseas. The people organising the repatriation should be able to give you an idea of a timeline so it is always best to keep an open dialogue with them and it’s always best to ask the question.
How much does body repatriation cost?
Cost for body repatriation is widely variable depending on where the loved one needs to be repatriated from and to but the average cost is around £2,000-5,000 and what is included can differ depending on the level of service. Our fees are usually around £2,000-3,000 and this usually includes collection of the person who has passed away, mortuary care including full embalming with certification, appropriate sealing of the coffin in line with international regulations, a simple oak effect coffin suitable for international repatriation, transportation of the coffin to the departure airport, flight fee and arrangement of all required documentation and administrative responsibilities.
The death of a loved one is always a painful time and we are here to help. If you require any further information or assistance please get in contact with us and we will do our best to support you and clarify anything about the process.