Each corpse must be buried. Whether in an earth, fire, sea or forest burial.

In Germany, funerals are generally carried out by funeral homes, commonly called undertakers. You can select different types of burial. Depending on the region, you can choose between

  • Inhumation
  • Cremation (forest burial, sea burial, urn burial)
  • Anonymous burial

A funeral is possible at the earliest 48 hours after the onset of death. Exceptions may be allowed by the competent health authority for good cause.

Are funeral debtors (relatives)

  • nonexistent
  • not to be determined,
  • cannot be found.


  • do not fulfil their duty or do not fulfil them in time


  • no one else arranges the funeral,

the local regulatory authority responsible for the place of death or discovery must take care of the burial.

For burial

  • Death certificate or death notice

Related Links

  • Funeral Act (BestattG)

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality (Unit 405 - Legal Affairs in Health Care)

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