Funeral Execution Forced burial

A proper burial takes place if no relatives of the deceased are present or to be identified, no provision has been made for the burial and no one else takes care of the burial. Responsible are the local regulatory authorities (offices, unofficial municipalities, association municipalities, the co-administered, the co-administering municipalities and the district-free cities) of the place of death. The funeral takes place at the expense of the person responsible for burial. Who this is can be found in § 20 paragraph 1 Brandenburg Funeral Act. In addition, the heir of the deceased person is obliged to pay for the funeral. In principle, the funeral must be carried out in accordance with the will of the deceased person. If this will is not known, a customary burial must be carried out. In practice, in these cases, a burial of ashes is usually carried out in an urn community grave. Not allowed in this case is the scattering of the ashes on an ash litter meadow or the sea burial.

Preconditions
Conducting the two post-mortem examinations, notarisation of the death, expiry of the waiting period, Presence of a grave site.
The local regulatory authority can also use a funeral home.

Responsible for the content
Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Unit 24

Last update or date of publication
28.05.2020