Worldwide Repatriation

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Body repatriation from the UK

LCK Funeral Support Services stands as a trusted and well-established provider of comprehensive worldwide repatriation assistance.
We understand the sensitivity and importance of this process, and thus, offer a seamless and dignified service to bring or send your loved one back home.

At LCK Funeral Support Services, we recognize the importance of bringing your loved one back home with dignity and care.

Our dedicated team is committed to delivering professional, compassionate, and reliable repatriation services, alleviating the stress and complexities associated with international arrangements.

Our repatriation service encompasses a range of essential features tailored to ease the burden during such a difficult time:

Collection & Care

We handle the respectful collection and meticulous care of your loved one with the utmost professionalism and compassion.

Statutory Documentation

Our experienced team manages all necessary paperwork and legal documentation with precision and efficiency.

Embalming & Preparation

We ensure that your loved one receives appropriate embalming and preparation according to international standards, maintaining their dignity throughout the process

Coffin or Casket

As part of our service, we provide a zinc-lined burial coffin or an American casket, offering options that reflect both quality and respect for cultural preferences.

Air Freight

We ensure that your loved one receives appropriate embalming and preparation according to international standards, maintaining their dignity throughout the process

UK Customs Entry

Our team manages the customs entry process in the UK, handling all necessary procedures and paperwork to expedite the repatriation process.

Full Support & Guidance

Throughout the entire repatriation process, we offer unwavering support, advice, and guidance, providing comfort and reassurance during a challenging time.

Frequently asked questions

Please find below many of our regular queries - we can help with any questions you have about our service and if your query is not answered with our website please let us know.

  • What is repatriation?
    Repatriation is the process of returning a deceased person's body to their home country after they have passed away abroad. This involves various legal, logistical, and cultural considerations.
  • Why is repatriation important?
    Repatriation allows families to honor their loved one's wishes to be buried in their home country. It also provides an opportunity for family and friends to gather and pay their respects in a familiar and meaningful setting.

Preparation and Documentation

  • What documents are required for repatriation?
    The required documents typically include the death certificate, embalming certificate, no-objection certificate from the consulate, passport of the deceased, and permits from the destination country. Specific requirements may vary depending on the countries involved.

    Click here for a link to the Repatriation Document which you can download in your chosen language

  • How long does the repatriation process take?
    The process can vary greatly depending on the circumstances and countries involved. It generally takes between 5 to 10 days, but in some cases, it can be longer due to bureaucratic processes or logistical challenges.

Costs and Payments

  • What are the costs associated with repatriation?
    Costs can vary widely based on factors such as the country of death, destination country, transportation method, and specific services required. Typical costs include paperwork processing, transportation (both local and international), embalming, and funeral services in the destination country.
  • Does insurance cover repatriation costs?
    Some travel insurance policies and expatriate health insurance plans cover repatriation costs. It is important to check the specifics of the insurance policy to understand what is covered.

Logistical Considerations

  • How is the body prepared for repatriation?
    The body is typically embalmed to ensure preservation during transportation. It is then placed in a sealed casket, which is usually enclosed in a zinc-lined container or an air-sealed coffin to meet international shipping regulations.
  • Can personal belongings be transported with the deceased?
    Yes, personal belongings can often be transported with the deceased, but there are restrictions. Items must be documented, and certain items may be prohibited depending on airline regulations and customs laws.

Legal and Cultural Issues

  • Are there specific legal requirements for repatriation from certain countries?
    Yes, each country has its own set of regulations and requirements for repatriation. It is important to work with a funeral director or repatriation specialist familiar with the laws of both the country of death and the destination country.
  • How are cultural and religious practices respected during repatriation?
    Repatriation services strive to respect and accommodate cultural and religious practices. This may involve specific rituals, handling of the body, or considerations for the type of casket used. It's crucial to communicate any specific requirements to your service provider.

Additional Support

  • Who can assist with the repatriation process?
    Professional repatriation service providers, funeral directors, and specialized international funeral homes can assist with the entire process, from paperwork to transportation and coordination with local authorities.
  • What should I do if a loved one passes away abroad?
    Contact the local authorities and the nearest consulate or embassy of your home country. They can guide you on the next steps, including contacting a local funeral director or repatriation service provider.
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