When a loved one passes away, you may wish for their funeral to be held in a different location. This may be a return to the place they called home while they were young, for burial with other family members, or during more unexpected circumstances, such as passing away while on holiday. Repatriation is the transfer of your loved one from their place of death to the destination of your choice to allow a funeral service to be held.
What does repatriation involve?
If you choose to repatriate your loved one, the process is as simple as getting in contact with your preferred funeral provider in the area where your loved one has passed away.
You will be asked to provide some details, including the funeral provider at your chosen destination, and a professional funeral director will take care of all transport and permit arrangements, including flights for yourself or any other family members who wish to travel as well. Whenever possible, you will be booked for the same flight as your loved one.
If you require assistance in selecting a funeral provider in another location, Cairns Funeral Directors have a wide network of recommended providers who will offer you and your loved one the highest level of care.
We will arrange for all details involving the collection, transfer and reception of your loved one, and we will stay in contact with you and the receiving party at all times. We will also liaise with the Australian Consulate and any international consulate on your behalf if required.
For repatriation to or from overseas, the process may take a little longer while permits are arranged. Be assured that if you have placed your loved one in our care, that they will be treated with the utmost care and respect while they are with us.
How long does repatriation take?
This may vary based on the location of your loved one’s death and intended destination, however, repatriation is generally completed within a few days to a week in Australia.
Availability of flights and necessary permits, especially for international repatriation, may require more time, however, we always aim to complete repatriation as quickly as possible to reduce stress on you and your family.
How much does repatriation cost?
This will vary based on the distance and method of travel required. However, we will work with our transfer providers to achieve the most cost-effective options available.
Please bear in mind that embalming is legally required for repatriation services and will add an additional cost.
Alternatives to repatriation
If you do not feel that repatriation is the right choice for your loved one, you may consider direct cremation without a formal service and to have the remains transferred to the location you choose for interment.
Alternately, streamed funeral services are also an option. Discreet cameras are placed around the chapel and the service is streamed live on the internet for family and friends to view from the comfort of their own homes. The video footage is password protected to ensure privacy and is usually available to watch again at a more convenient time.