Repatriation Service

Govinda Funerals’ repatriation division specialises in overseas and interstate repatriation…

Australia has diverse cultures, religions, and faiths. So nowadays, repatriation of a loved one is a common occurrence. It simply means to move a deceased person interstate or to another country. Thus, the repatriation process  may be a concern for the grieving family. There are strict requirements too. It may be important for them to bring their loved one back home or to take to their country of birth.

We have the resources, experience, and knowledge to repatriate your loved one. We stand by your side during the repatriation process. Our ethics ensure respect for the deceased. Hence, our actions with commitment and the professional service.

Legal Aspects

Different countries have their own regulations and legal aspects. Each country may have a different death requirement. It needs to be strictly followed. Thus far, to repatriate a loved one from Australia you need the know-how and expertise. So, there may be many reasons to consider. These may include the culture, custom, or climate conditions of the country.

It may not always be possible to fulfill the wishes to hold the funeral in the country of your choice. In such a case, you may hold the funeral in the country of death. Thus far, you may repatriate the ashes in case of cremation.

Repatriation Reasons

There may be many reasons for the family to repatriate their loved one. It may be the deceased person’s wish. Thus far, the wish maybe for the funeral to take place in the country of birth or homeland. Another reason may be that the family may have a belief. It may be that when not fulfilling the wish, the soul may not be at peace.

More complex reasons create by lacking knowledge in their religion and culture. Other reasons may include external influences. These may be a peer or community pressures, and finances. As a result of these reasons, the family believes the soul may suffer in its journey. So, they choose to repatriate based on this logic.

Despite the reasons, it is a personal choice. We must respect their choice. Overall, there has been a rise in foreign deaths. It is so, because there is a growth in the number of Australians working overseas. Furthermore, there are many expatriates in Australia. Moreover, more and more people are traveling. Thus far, it elevates the challenges to bring the remains back home.

Choosing Funeral Director

There are many factors to consider in selecting a funeral director to repatriate your loved one. The funeral home you select should have an affiliation with an established network. They must have a good connection with funeral homes overseas too. Furthermore, the funeral director must be competent.

For your peace of mind you need to select an experienced funeral director. A good funeral director will provide the best outcome. It may make the difficult times ahead more meaningful.

Repatriation Procedure | Australian Death

The funeral director registers the death of your loved one. They will then draw up the documents for the receiving country. You may have to contact a funeral home in the receiving country. Australian funeral director can help you with it. Thus far, they will work jointly to liaise with the authorities. They will then take care of all aspects of repatriation.

Thus far they will engage with the families and key service providers. They will request information and documents. So, they will require the full name and the physical location of the deceased. The original passport or a copy will be required. They will require the full details of the next of kin or the person responsible for repatriation. Furthermore, they will need the funeral plans. This may include the name and address of the location. Moreover, they may require a travel insurance policy, if any.  If a family member may accompany the deceased on the same flight, they should know. So, they can coordinate the booking.

Repatriation Process

The funeral director works with the Consulate. They will submit the documents and permits. Thus far, they arrange to embalm the body for the journey abroad. They then book the transfer flight. Then, they coordinate with the airport authorities. In the meantime, they maintain liaison with the receiving funeral home. It is to ensure they meet the requirements for the receiving country.

The Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade requires a clearance. They require an embalming certificate and airline bookings. Furthermore, the notary documents and Consulate approvals with translations, if any. Moreover, it requires a certified copy of the death certificate and health department certificate.

It is a time-consuming process. Thus far, timely coordination is crucial. At the same time, arrangements are made with the receiving funeral director. So, they take care of your loved one as soon as they arrive in their homeland.

Repatriation Process | Overseas Death

When your loved one dies overseas, you must register the death in that country. The repatriation process may only proceed after death is registered. You may need to engage a funeral director in Australia too.  They will then liaise with the funeral director abroad. Thus, they arrange the transfer of your loved one.

The funeral director is responsible to prepare documents and permits to transfer. Thus far, they will arrange to embalm. Once the transfer flight is booked, they will arrange it with the airport authorities. Thus far, they will liaise with the Australian funeral home too. They must ensure it meets Australian requirements and law. The receiving funeral director takes care of your loved one once, they arrive.

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance policies often differ. They may vary between different companies. If your loved one had travel insurance, you must contact the insurer. So, if it includes repatriation, it may only cover the cost of legal transport of the body. It may not include funeral expenses.

Repatriation Costs

The cost varies. It depends on what the country’s laws require. The airline choice and flights reflect on the costs too. A compassionate director may negotiate the best deal for you. They ensure it is the most cost-effective for you. Other costs that have an effect are embalming and coffin costs. In addition, there are professional fees, documents, and certificates.

Govinda Funerals Team

We have the experience to repatriate your loved one. Our focus is on the importance of the repatriation of a deceased person from Australia back to their home country. Thus, we ensure the safe return of Australians who pass away overseas back home.

We may provide a direct service to the family. If need be we may work for the travel insurance company. We may work for a third-party organisation too. Thus far, we fully understand that time is critical. We may work in different time zones. Hence. our team is available around the clock. This allows effective  arrangements for your loved one.

It includes returning personal belongings and repatriations of ashes after cremation. Thus far, we remain in touch with you during the repatriation process. Our funeral directors ensure they take care of each arrangement. Thus far, once your loved one arrives back in Australia, the funeral may take place as per plans.

For your repatriation services in Sydney call Govinda Funerals on:

Office: 1800 454 422 (24/7)        

Ian Arthur: 0403 157 451          

Raj Bachu: 0418 402 126


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