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Cremation is the most common type of burial in Hesse. The deceased is cremated with the coffin either before or after the funeral. The burial of the urn will accordingly take place at a later date. If the deceased person has expressly ordered the cremation, this wish must be met, he refused a cremation, the cremation is inadmissible. Note: A corresponding handwritten injunction can easily be as follows: "I, (first and last name), wish to be cremated after my death. Location, date, signature." If the deceased person's will about the type of burial is not known, the responsible relatives shall determine it. Also with regard to the place, the type and the execution of the burial, insofar as statutory provisions or mandatory public concerns do not preclude this, the deceased person's will should be acted upon. If the will of the deceased cannot be determined, it is also decided by the relatives responsible for the burial. For the deceased without survivors, the municipality arranges a local burial. Tip: The completion of the majority of the formalities, including a piety-like consultation, is usually carried out by the commissioned funeral company.

Before the incineration of the deceased or of the deceased can take place, the following documents must be available: Leichenschauschein official death certificate or certificate of provision of the certificate Certificate of the Second Morgue Note: In the case of indications of a non-natural death, or in the case of the body of an unknown person, the written authorisation of the competent public prosecutor is required instead of the certificate of the second morgue.


Preconditions
Special requirements final order of the deceased for cremation or corresponding order of the responsible relative
General: After a doctor has determined the death, the doctor hands over the mortuary certificate to the relatives who are required to care. He must be submitted to the competent registry office, which shall then issue the death certificate. Additionally in addition, a second mortuary inspection to be arranged by the relatives themselves or the funeral supervisor (see overview to whom do I have to contact !). The cremation and burial of the urn must be discussed by the caring relatives or the commissioned funeral company with the crematorium and the responsible cemetery administration. Legal obligations to be observed The ashes of each corpse shall be taken up in an officially closed container (urn). Parts of the ashes are not permitted to be removed in order to store or process them in another container (e.g. so-called "mini urn"). The urn must be buried in an urn hall, an urn grove, an urn wall, an urn grave site or in a grave. As a legal exception to this obligation, only sea burial is permitted. In the case of burial in coastal waters, the right of coastal countries to observe the legislation in force in coastal waters is to observe the law in force there.

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Hessian Ministry of the Interior and Sport

Last update or date of publication
05.01.2017