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Registering a funeral


In Germany, funerals are generally registered by relatives or by a funeral home. Depending on the region, you can choose between

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

Burial is possible no earlier than 48 hours after death. Exceptions may be permitted by the responsible health authority for good cause. With the exception of burial at sea, there is a legal obligation to have a cemetery for all burials.

The funeral must be arranged in the following order:

  • Spouse or registered partner,
  • Children
  • Grandchildren
  • Parents
  • Grandparents
  • Sibling

If no one arranges for the burial, the municipality responsible for the place of death or discovery must arrange for the burial.

Who should I contact?

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

Competent authority

Please contact

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

Requirements

You want to have a deceased person buried.

Which documents are required?

For the funeral

  • Death certificate or death notification
  • If applicable, release certificate from the public prosecutor's office in the event of non-natural cause of death

In the case of an urn burial:

  • Certificate of the second post-mortem examination before cremation

In the case of transport from or to foreign countries:

  • The transport of a corpse from abroad to Lower Saxony may only take place upon presentation of a corpse passport or an equivalent document.
  • For the transport of a corpse from Lower Saxony to a place outside Lower Saxony, the lower health authority issues a corpse passport upon request.

What are the fees?

Registration itself is free of charge. Fees apply for

  • the issuance of the death certificate,
  • the issuance 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 person, the funeral will be arranged by the competent local regulatory authority and the persons obliged to pay the funeral will be 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 apply to the responsible social welfare office for the costs to be covered.

Fee: free of charge

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

Burial can take place no earlier than 48 hours after death. Corpses are said to have been buried or cremated within eight days of death. Urns should be buried within one month of cremation.

Processing duration

Processing time may vary.

Appeal

There is no legal remedy.

What else should I know?

Cemetery authorities in Lower Saxony can only be:

  • Parishes
  • Churches, parishes
  • other religious and philosophical communities, if they are corporations, institutions or foundations under public law

Some municipalities or companies commissioned by them offer the possibility of an urn burial in a forest cemetery.
Crematoria (cremation facilities) in Lower Saxony can also be operated by private sponsors.

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

Technically approved by

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

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

competent Bodies


Stadt Papenburg - Bürgerdienste Allgemein
Address: Friederikenstr. 11, 26871 Papenburg
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Telephone: 04961 82-500
Online appointment: to the online appointment
Building Access
wheelchair-accessible
payment methods:
EC Card Payment, Cash Payment
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
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Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Ansprechpartner

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

Data protection information


Landkreis Emsland
Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen
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Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62 , 49705 Meppen
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Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Station Haltestelle Kreishaus
Bus: 993

Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible
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

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

Stadt Papenburg - Rechnungsprüfung
Postal address: Post Office Box 1755 , 26857 Papenburg
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Address: Hauptkanal rechts 68/69, 26871 Papenburg
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Telephone: 04961 82-320
Building Access
elevator available, wheelchair-accessible

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen
Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover
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Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99

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