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Source: Zuständigkeitsfinder Schleswig-Holstein (Linie6PLus)
In Germany, funerals are generally carried out by funeral directors, commonly known as morticians. You can choose between different types of funeral. Depending on the region, you can choose between
- Burial in the ground
- Cremation (forest burial, burial at sea, urn burial)
- Anonymous burial
A burial is possible at the earliest 48 hours after the death. Exceptions can be made by the responsible health authority for good cause.
If there are no persons responsible for burial (relatives)
- do not exist,
- cannot be identified,
- cannot be found.
- they do not fulfill their obligation or do not fulfill it in time
- no one else arranges the burial,
the local regulatory authority responsible for the place of death or discovery must arrange the burial.
- a doctor to carry out the post-mortem examination and issue a death certificate,
- to the relevant registry office for the issue of the death certificate,
- for the burial, the cemetery administration of the place of burial,
- for the transfer from the place of death/cremation to the cemetery/crematorium to a funeral home.
Which documents are required?
For the funeral
- Death certificate or notification of death
What are the fees?
There are fees for
- the issue of the death certificate,
- the issuing of the burial permit,
- other necessary official acts,
- issuing a corpse passport
If the next of kin do not arrange for the burial of a deceased person, the burial will be arranged by the responsible local regulatory authority and the persons responsible for the burial will be jointly and severally liable for the costs incurred.
If the relatives are not in a position to bear the funeral costs and the estate of the deceased is also insufficient, they can apply to the relevant social welfare office to have the costs covered.
The text was automatically translated based on the German content.
Technically approved by
Lower Saxony Ministry for Social Affairs, Health and Equality (Department 405 - Legal Affairs in the Healthcare Sector)
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