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Sending a body to another country

If you want to send a dead person's body to another country, contact Bereavement Services on 020 8698 4955.

Some countries require a certificate before they will allow a body into the country for burial. The certificate (issued by the Council's environmental health officer) confirms that no epidemic of infectious disease occurred in the borough for three months before the death.

This formality is usually handled by the funeral director on behalf of the relatives. The funeral director will also help with anything requested by the coroner and with requirements of the authorities abroad.

Bringing a body back to the UK

Legal matters and advice on what to do if someone dies abroad.

Contact

Bereavement Services

HITHER GREEN CEMETERY, VERDANT LANE, LONDON, SE6 1JX
Email: bereavement@lewisham.gov.uk
Telephone: 020 8314 3210