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More and more Americans are traveling, both domestically and abroad; and globally immigration statistics continue to rise. In short, more people are on the move these days, whether for leisure or business. And it's sad to say; but many of these people die while they are away from home. Sometimes misadventure or accident takes their life; other times, their death, albeit untimely and unexpected, is natural. No matter the reason for their loss, most families feel a strong need to have the body of their deceased family member returned to them.
This is when a funeral director experienced in affordable body repatriation, the return of an individual to the place they called "home", is invaluable. It's one thing to need to return a loved one's body when their death occurred in the continental United States. International body repatriation is usually far more complex; and can be especially difficult when you're grieving. Many funeral homes in New York can assist you with the repatriation of a loved one's body; yet none have the same level of experience in body repatriation in Manhattan as the funeral directors here at Provenzano Lanza. If your family recently received notification from a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas, we suggest you call us as soon as possible at 212-473-2220.
It's easy to see how domestic repatriation, the shipment of a loved one's body between states, would be far less complex than international body repatriation. If your loved one died while traveling domestically, all you need to do is to contact us at 212-473-2220. We'll work with a funeral home in the place of their death to arrange for the timely shipment of their casketed or cremated remains (whichever you have stipulated as a preference) to our location.
When it comes to international body repatriation, the process differs widely from country to country; as disposition of the remains must be done according to the laws and customs of the country where the death occurred. Still, it can be said when an American dies abroad, it's always the responsibility of the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to report the death to the U.S. Department of State and to inform the closest known relative or legal representative. Once notified, the family needs to move quickly, so the appropriate embassy or consulate can be notified as to their wishes regarding repatriation. Here's what you need to know about your three international body repatriation options:
There's one more thing you should also know: all costs associated with the disposition of the remains (whether through repatriation or local burial) are the responsibility of your family. There are no U.S. government funds allocated for the international repatriation of the remains of a deceased U.S. citizen.
According to the U.S. Department of State there are 6,000-8,000 deaths of U.S. citizens abroad each year. When you realize mature travelers comprise 36% of the volume of leisure travel (18% are 65+, 18% are 55-64), it's easier to understand how such a death could happen. (Source: U.S. Travel Association)
Unfortunately, there are no accurate statistics regarding the annual number of repatriated human remains, either nationally or internationally. But without doubt, as barriers to travel fall and the number of international travelers grows so will the number of people who die away from home–as well as the number of families needing affordable body repatriation in New York City.