Repatriation of mortal remains. What is it and how do they work?

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Repatriation of mortal remains. What is it and how do they work?

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One of the characteristics of the world today is globalization. This phenomenon goes beyond the commercial and the cultural. Millions of people travel daily for pleasure or business.

Unfortunately, it is likely that during these trips people may die far from their homes and either by family request, or by a wish expressed before dying, their remains should be buried in their native countries. 

This situation tends to become a real drama for family members, since, in many cases, the conditions of death, the procedures and regulations of each country, make it difficult for people to be prepared, transferred and buried on time. This is called Repatriation of Mortal Remains.

How does the repatriation of mortal remains work?

The procedures that must be carried out when transferring a body to another country will depend on the type of treatment that the body will receive. In the case of cremations, the procedures are much simpler, since the ashes can travel freely without any regulation that determines their transit.

The same does not happen when it comes to moving bodies in coffins. In this case, the body request must be made. This can be transferred exclusively by plane and its request can be made by relatives or the consulate of the country of origin. 

In addition to the petition, applicants for the body of a deceased must process the transfers through a funeral home and meet the following requirements: present the passport of the deceased, the death certificate, the burial permit, the embalming certificate, the consular letter and affiliation of the deceased.

Additionally, some data associated with the person responsible for the body during the transfer, the destination airport and the data of the cemetery in which it will be buried must be completed. These requirements are approved or not by the health authorities of the country in which the death occurred. 

In some cases, even the payment of some customs procedures is required. Since some causes of death have special implications that even require the payment of fees to enter the country of birth of the deceased. 

An insurance to face this difficult moment

When we analyze this entire context from a psychological point of view, it seems humanly impossible to deal with these procedures carrying the pain of the death of a loved one on our backs. For relatives, it literally becomes a nightmare to return the deceased to be buried in their countries. 

Plus, it's ridiculously expensive. Few people have a budget to quickly attend to all the procedures that arise from the death and repatriation of a body that must be buried. 

A BMI Unique policy can be your helping hand at a time like this. Although nobody wants to think about this end, the truth is that we all end up needing it sooner or later. And having the policy can make sadness much more bearable. 

The coverage of the Unique plans for the repatriation of mortal remains is 100%, in addition to having the full support of the customer service staff who will be in charge of arranging all the necessary documentation and paperwork.

In addition to this, BMI Unique also takes care of all funeral expenses and services in the country of residence through the coverage of the special benefits annex.

Prevention is the most convenient thing to do and being able to count on BMI Unique coverage can make these difficult times more bearable.

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