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Funeral

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.

or

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

and

  • no one else arranges the funeral,

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

Bodies should be buried or cremated within 8 days of the onset of death. Urns should be buried within one month of cremation. With the exception of sea burial, there is a legal cemetery obligation for all burials.

The following are obliged to bury in this order:

  • spouse or registered partner,
  • descendants (children, grandchildren),
  • Ancestors (parents, grandparents),
  • Sibling.

Who should I contact?

The responsibility lies with the municipality, the Samtgemeinde and the city.

Competent authority

Please contact us

  • for the performance of the post-mortem examination and the issuance of a death certificate to a doctor,
  • for the issuance of the death certificate to the competent registry office,
  • for burial to the cemetery administration of the place where burial is to be carried out,
  • for the transfer from the place of death/finding to the cemetery/crematorium to a funeral home.
  • for the performance of a second post-mortem examination for cremation to the responsible lower health authority (medical officer)

Which documents are required?

For burial

  • Death certificate or death notice

In the case of an urn burial

  • Certificate of the second official post-mortem examination before cremation

What are the fees?

There are fees for

  • the issuance of the death certificate,
  • the granting of the funeral permit,
  • other necessary official acts,
  • Issuance of a corpse passport

If the relatives do not provide for the burial of a deceased, the funeral is arranged by the competent local regulatory authority and the persons subject to funeral are jointly and severally liable for the costs incurred.

If the relatives are not able to bear the funeral costs and the estate of the deceased is also not sufficient, they can submit an application for reimbursement of the costs to the responsible social welfare office.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Burial can take place no earlier than 48 hours after the onset of death. Bodies should have been buried or cremated no later than 8 days after the onset of death.

What else should I know?

In Lower Saxony, cemetery owners can only be the state or church community, joint municipality and city. Individual places offer the possibility of an urn burial in a forest cemetery.
Crematoria (cremation facilities) can also be operated by private sponsors in Lower Saxony.

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

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

Professionally released on

08.10.2020

competent Bodies

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt

Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne

Postal address: Post Office Box 280

Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Sophie-Marie Brux
Telephone: 05931 44-2193
Room:
D 193
responsible for:

Data protection information

Einheitsgemeinde Haselünne, Stadt

Address: Rathausplatz 1 , 49740 Haselünne

Postal address: Post Office Box 280

Telephone: 05961 509-0
Fax: 05961 509-500
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Bürgerservice Stadt Haselünne
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.