When A Loved One dies abroad
Finding out about the death.
Consular staff in London will keep in touch with you, the family, and the Consulate abroad until burial or cremation overseas, or until the deceased has been brought back to the UK. They will also tell the British Consul of your wishes for the funeral, and take details of who will be responsible for paying for the costs involved, either you the family, or if you are insured by a travel operator, the travel operator will then contact their Insurance Company and in turn, the Insurance Company will contact their Repatriation company, so that they can take complete control, and organise the bringing of your loved ones body back home to the UK.
A coroner in England and Wales will normally hold an inquest if a person died a violent or unnatural / sudden / unexpected death overseas, and your loved ones body is returned to the coroner’s district, usually where you or your loved one/the deceased, lived, or is to be cremated or buried.
In cases of major catastrophes or terrorist attacks, local practices may change, and there may be delays with bodies being returned to the UK due to identification procedures.
It is advisable to forewarn your Funeral Director in the UK, of your loved ones death, in that way they can assist and advise you of procedures required for the return of your loved one. You need to keep your Funeral Director updated with any information as you proceed with the process of return. He can also assist with repatriation if there is no insurance in place. If there is insurance covering a death abroad then the insurance/travel agents will arrange a repatriation company to assist in the return of your loved one. Your Funeral Director will then be in conversation with the repatriation company and Coroner, and be ready and waiting to assist on collection from the airport.
If the person dies while you're abroad together / with them.
Contact your nearest consular representative in the country where the death occurred, so if you are a British citizen, contact the nearest British Embassy or High Commission. Embassies and High Commissions are usually in capital cities. Other cities may have a consulate or Honorary Consul.
Coping with death abroad, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office: click on this link, you can then download two a very good and informative leaflets. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coping-with-death-abroad
the death where the person died.
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