germany specific, preparing for family death 

Ok; I have USA based checklists coming out my ears. I have information on how to bridge the international paperwork barrier. What I do not have, and would find useful, is a Germany specific list of what needs to be done before and after a death. (I'd expect that to be in German, and can handle the language barrier, just not well enough to tailor my search terms.) Does anyone have suggestions? (boost ok)

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germany specific, preparing for family death 

@feonixrift Does the body need to travel state lines or would it remain in Germany? Your info would depend on what's the case.

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@Cedara Cremation and retain in Germany with potential travel of the ashes in a few years but not immediate.

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@feonixrift Look up Bestattungsgesetz - as a German term.

If the death happened in a hospital, they would certify the death, but you have to hire an undertaker (Bestattungsunternehmen).

You can ask the undertaker to take care of the paperwork with the Standesamt (registry office), where you would get the certificate of death from.

The undertaker would take care of the cremation and what you want to be done.
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Also, only a Bestattungsunternehmen is allowed to transport a body, or the remains.

You are bound by law to take care of this, it's called Bestattungspflicht.

If you need anything more for names and such, please ask, I'm a German native.

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@Cedara Thank you very much! This is vital knowledge, and I was completely unaware of it.

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@feonixrift No worries. I had to deal with it when my Mom died. It's stuff you learn on the fly.

Also, I suggest calling a few Undertakers in that city, which one seems more approachable. I called two and one had a "Notfallnummer" where someone was maining the phone at the weekend.

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@feonixrift P.S. You can clear the details with the ashes remaining where and if they can travel and with whom in the contract you make with the Undertaker.

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@feonixrift @Cedara Is there a Sterbeversicherung ? also, wenn looking for a Bestattungsunternehmen. avoid the big ones. look out what they do as a cooperation. try to find, if you have the energy, for somebody who really works with you. If you know the cemetery, ask the people there (Friedhofsverwalter) for suggestions, the usually know with who they work well. Friedhofsamt is another keyword

germany specific, preparing for family death 

@eneh @Cedara We are supposed to have some amount of insurance coverage for death arrangements as part of his health insurance package. So at least there is that.

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