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PROVIDING FUNERAL SERVICES IN THE PROVINCE OF MÁLAGA

with FUNERAL HOMES in marbella, MÁLAGA, frigiliana, Álora, Nerja & cómpeta

AFTER DEATH PROCEDURES

What do I do if somebody dies from natural causes?

CERTIFY THE DEATH

If you're not at a hospital, dial 112 and explain the situation. Make sure to have the documents to identify the person who passed away ready.

CONTACT A FUNERAL HOME

Contact your funeral home of choice and they will handle the collection, transfer, and funeral service arrangements, keeping you informed throughout the process.

COLLECTION OF THE DECEASED

The deceased is taken to the chosen funeral home, where it needs to be kept in a cold area. This service is not always offered in Spanish hospitals.

What documents are required for the funeral?

DEATH CERTIFICATE

Provided by a doctor using the form established by the General Council of Official Colleges of Physicians, it includes the details of both the deceased individual and the doctor endorsing it.

Death registration

This takes place at the Registry Office of the municipality where the death occurred, within 24 hours of the passing. Completion authorisation for the service, and the deceased is removed from the census.

SERVICE LICENSE

This permit allows for the burial or cremation of the deceased, granted that a minimum of 24 hours has elapsed since the death. The Registry Office issues this document after receiving the death certificate.

What do I do if somebody dies from unnatural causes?

STEP 1

The authorities handle the deceased individual as it is crucial to ascertain the cause of death through a post-mortem examination.

STEP 2

An autopsy is conducted, and the body is moved to a Coroner's Office for the examination, typically taking place the next day. Throughout this procedure, the body cannot be relocated.

STEP 3

Results from the autopsy may take some time to provide a conclusive outcome for various reasons. Nevertheless, a temporary cause of death is usually provided to facilitate the burial process.

STEP 4

Transportation to the funeral home occurs after the judge issues the necessary documentation. The selected funeral company is responsible for moving the body to the chosen funeral parlour. Before the funeral service takes place, the family is required to identify the deceased.

STEP 5

The relatives need to fill out certain paperwork. While the funeral home can handle most of the essential procedures, some tasks, such as requesting the full autopsy results and, in certain jurisdictions, obtaining authorisation for cremation, transportation to another location, or body identification, may require the involvement of the family.

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