Expat funerals

A morbid subject I know, but how does the process work if an expat dies?What if they are there and living the single life, what happens with the body?I imagine having a spouse when it happens means questions can be answered on some of this stuff, but still, not an easy process, for sure.

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    • Any options if one wants to be buried at sea?

       

    • Where is a crematorium in Chiriqui?  There was suppose to be one in David, but the neighborhood forced it to close or maybe not even open at all.

       

  • Having recently gone through this when my husband died in June, I can answer some questions.  I was lucky because he died in the hospital so they handled a lot.  I believe if this happens at home a doctor must be notified before the body can be moved.  This can run between 300 and 500 dollars.  Oh, all must be paid in cash up to this point.  You would need to decide how the body is to be handled burial or cremation.  I can not address the first.  You need to make arrangements for a funeral home to handle the body and send it to Panama city for cremation.  My cremation cost was slightly over 1700.00.  In about 3 days, I had my husband's ashes and the necessary paperwork to carry him to the US on a plane.  It took a while to get the death certificate due to the Panama City office being closed due to COVID.  Each "original" death certificate costs $25.00.  I had legal work such as filing the death certificate, changing my foundation. That cost approximately 2000.00.

    I hope this answers some of your questions.

     

    You can contact me if you have any questions.

     

    Ann Tim Kane

    6766-7905

    • Thanks for the info. We have asked a lot of questions in anticipation of our move in 2022, but that wasn't one of them. Thank you again, and so sorry for your loss.

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