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Guide To Bringing Your Loved One Home With Repatriation Services

Coping with the death of a loved one is an immensely challenging experience, and the distress of being separated is amplified significantly when that loss occurs overseas. The desire to bring your family member back home to pay final respects adds another layer of complexity to an already heart-wrenching situation. In this article, we’ll walk you through the process of dealing with a death that happens abroad, and provide insights into the essential aspects of repatriation services

Contact MFA 

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When dealing with the passing of a loved one abroad, the very initial steps taken can have a significant impact on the repatriation process. Your first course of action should be to contact Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) at +65 6379 8800 or visit their website for immediate guidance and support. The MFA plays an instrumental role in aiding bereaved families, acting as a crucial link between Singapore and the country where the loss occurred.

Register the death overseas

Overseas death registration is a crucial and mandatory legal requirement in repatriation services. The process can differ significantly among countries, each with its own set of protocols and paperwork. To get this done, contact the local authorities in the foreign nation or reach out to the nearest Singaporean embassy or consulate for information on the specific documentation needed for registering the death.

Contact the insurance company and engage a funeral director 

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After completing the death registration procedure, it’s important to contact the insurance provider. If your loved one had a travel insurance policy that covered overseas death, you may be able  to file a claim and mitigate repatriation expenses, which can be helpful. Moreover, filing claims on any life insurance plans your loved one may have had during their lifetime can alleviate any financial burdens during this challenging period, ensuring there are ample resources for a dignified funeral. 

Simultaneously, engaging a reputable funeral director experienced in international repatriation services is critical. The funeral director will handle various aspects of the repatriation, including coordinating transportation, obtaining necessary permits, and preparing the deceased for the journey back to Singapore, providing much-needed support and guidance.

Learn more: What Are The Essential, Optional & Aesthetic Components In A Funeral Service – Confidence Funeral Services

Inform ICA upon arrival

Upon arrival in Singapore, it’s compulsory to inform both the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and the Registry of Births & Deaths about the death. This notification is a crucial step in handling financial matters and inheritance related to the deceased. The deceased’s passport and NRIC should then be prepared and returned to ICA. You will also need to submit the death certificate that was obtained in the foreign country. 

In times of grief, accessing the right resources and support systems can make a significant difference. By following these essential guidelines and seeking professional assistance, families can navigate the repatriation process with care, ensuring their departed loved one returns home with the respect and honour they deserve.

At Confidence Funeral, our dedicated team of funeral directors are here to provide compassionate support and guidance through this difficult time. Contact us to learn more about our range of funeral services and how we can help you in navigating this difficult time.




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