Every corpse must be buried. Any person who finds a corpse or in whose presence a person dies must immediately inform the relatives or the police. Every practicing doctor who can be reached is obliged to carry out the morgue immediately and to issue and hand over the death certificate. The same applies to doctors in hospitals and similar institutions for those who died there. The person responsible must arrange for the inquest to be carried out immediately. The burial is generally possible at the earliest 48 hours after the onset of death. Corpses must be buried or cremated within 10 days of the onset of death. They can be buried or cremated. For the burial in Rhineland-Palatinate, a funeral permit is required, which is issued by the local regulatory authority of the place of burial in the case of a burial in Rhineland-Palatinate. In addition, as a rule, a grave application must be submitted to the cemetery administration if the burial site is to be provided with a tomb or other structural structure. The obligations under the Funeral Act must be fulfilled by the heir. If this cannot be determined in time or, for other reasons, not to be used in time, the following persons are responsible in this order, provided that they are fully legally competent: the spouse or partner, the children, the parents, the other person entitled to custody, the siblings, the grandparents, the grandchildren.
For the funeral: a death certificate, the death certificate, a funeral permit. In the case of an urn burial, a certificate of the second official morgue before cremation.
The violation of the funeral obligation is an administrative offense. If the persons concerned are not in a position to bear the funeral costs and the estate of the deceased is also insufficient, the applicants may submit an application for payment of the funeral costs to the competent social welfare office.
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