Every corpse must be buried. Any person who finds a corpse or a person dies in the presence of a person must immediately inform the relatives or the police. Every available resident doctor is obliged to carry out the mortuary examination immediately and to issue and hand over the death certificate. The same applies to doctors in hospitals and similar facilities for those who die there. The person responsible must arrange for the morgue to be taken immediately. In principle, burial is possible at the earliest 48 hours after the onset of death. Bodies must be buried or cremated within 10 days of the onset of death. They can be buried in soil or fire. In Rhineland-Palatinate, a burial permit is required for burial, which is issued by the local authorities of the burial site at a funeral in Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, a grave application must normally be submitted to the cemetery administration if the burial site is to be provided with a tomb or other structural site. The obligations under the Funeral Act must be fulfilled by the inheritance. If this is not to be determined in due time or for other reasons not to be used in time, the following persons shall be responsible in this order, provided that they are fully capable of doing business: the spouse or civil partner, the children, parents, the other guardian, the siblings, the grandparents, grandchildren.
For the burial: a death certificate, the death certificate, a funeral permit. In the case of a urn burial, a certificate of the second official mortuary before cremation.
Violation of the funeral obligation is an administrative offence. If the authorities are not in a position to bear the funeral costs and the estate of the deceased is not sufficient to do so, the authorities may submit an application for payment of the funeral costs to the competent social office.