Funerals in Spain usually happen within 24 hours of the passing

People who live or visit Spain should know of the customs surrounding when death occurs.

Every culture has its own customs regarding death and funerals. When someone dies overseas, the stress of bereavement can be made worse by having to deal with an unfamiliar system.

In Spain, the death of a loved one is treated differently than it is treated in other countries. The Spanish burial or cremation may occur very quickly following the death of a loved one, often within 24 hours.

Here are a few things to consider:

Red Tape

With no funeral plans in place, under Spanish law, the Guardia Civil must be called and a doctor contacted. The doctor will issue a temporary certificate, after which either the doctor or the Guardia Civil will contact a local funeral director to attend to the deceased. The Spanish funeral director will ask for a release form to be signed and in some cases the form is part of a legally binding contract. It usually does not disclose prices until after all the funeral arrangements have been made.

Living in a foreign country is not easy, especially when having to go through all the red tape we barely know anything about. I have found this to be the case more so when people are grieving and how making funeral arrangements for a loved one can be an upsetting and emotional time, and as you can imagine dealing with this challenge is difficult enough in one’s normal circumstances, but having to go through it while abroad, along with all the red tape, language barrier, bank accounts being frozen and fast process, it can be an even bigger burden.

Why would bank accounts be frozen?

Accounts may be frozen in the event of death as the bank wishes to protect itself in order to avoid any liability against themselves

Our advice: Read what you sign and don’t rush to sign any paperwork. Understand the process involved & be prepared for the future.

Finally, by planning ahead you can have peace of mind that you’ve arranged and paid for your funeral and made sure your wishes are met. Being able to speak your own language helps to avoid translation issues and reduce stress at an emotional and difficult time.

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