DEATH AT HOME
► Contact your doctor. He will issue a medical certificate of death - Le Certificat Medical de Deces - stating he has confirmed the death and legally stated that someone has died.
► Call the SAMU if you cannot get in contact with your doctor.
► Call the Funeral Home – Pages Jaunes/Yellow Pages so they can remove the deceased to either the hospital mortuary or the Funeral Home mortuary
► Locate the deceased’s carte de sejour or passport for the Doctor and the Funeral Home so they have the correct details
► Give the Funeral Home the following documents
Medical certificate of death Le Certificat Medical de Deces
◦ Deceased’s carte de sejour or passport
◦ Residence address details
◦ Marriage certificate (if applicable)
◦ The maiden name if the deceased is female

DEATH IN A HOSPITAL OR RETIREMENT HOME
If the death occurs in a hospital or retirement home the doctor attending the deceased will issue a medical certificate of death to legally confirm the death. The ‘on duty’ funeral home will then be called to remove the deceased to the hospital mortuary. It should be noted that you are under no obligation to use the funeral home that is ‘on duty’ for any further services other than the removal of the deceased. If you have used a funeral home before and wish to use them again, then go ahead

Note:
Upon death in a hospital, a private clinic, a hospice or a retirement home:
The transfer of the body to a private funeral home or the residence is not mandatory and cannot be imposed of for the relatives/family. Placing the deceased in the coffin and formal closure of the coffin which will be witnessed and sealed by the Maire can always be carried out where the death occurred. Normally a small room at the hospital/clinic/hospice/retirement home is set aside for relatives and friends to visit for the closing and sealing of the coffin.


DOCUMENTS FOR THE FUNERAL HOME
In both cases the doctor will need to see the deceased’s carte de sejour or passport. You will also need to provide the following information and documents to the funeral home:
• Medical certificate of death
• Deceased’s carte de sejour or passport
• Address details
• Marriage certificate (if applicable)
• The maiden name if the deceased is female

The funeral home will also require suitable clothing for the deceased

In the event of a violent death such as an accident or suicide, then the police (gendarmerie) must be notified and not the doctor and they will provide the medical certificate of death.

Note: For residents living in France part time it would be advisable if a copy of your birth and marriage certificate were kept with your insurance documents, this would save time in obtaining copies from the Registrars Office in the UK.

DECLARING & REGISTERING A DEATH
Registration of a death takes place at the Town Hall (Mairie) where the death has occurred. An official declaration of the death must be registered WITHIN 24 HOURS.

In some villages the Mairie may only be open part time, however all Maires are contactable in an emergency. To contact them you need to know his/her name, personal address and telephone number or if you know the name you can look in the telephone book.

Any person can declare the death including the funeral home and if the death occurred in a hospital they can also declare it.

YOU WILL NEED THE FOLLOWING IF YOU REGISTER THE DEATH YOURSELF
• Some form of ID to prove who you are – passport, Carte de Sejour, birth certificate
• The medical certificate of death from the doctor (or the police).
• Proof of identity of the deceased e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, passport or Carte de Sejour

It should be noted that the birth certificate and marriage certificate may require translation from English to French, preferably by a recognised translator.

Registering a death involves making a statement of factual information including the deceased’s full name, address in France, date and place of birth, details of next of kin, date, time and place of death, your name and relationship to the deceased.

This statement is recorded in the register which you then sign. A certified copy of the entry, the death certificate (acte de deces), is then issued. No fee is charged for this. You will need multiple copies of the death certificate as these will be required for all the paperwork following the death. Ask for several as it is easier to get them now.

Once the death is registered the Mairie will issue either:

• The burial permit (permis d’inhumer)
• Cremation certificate (certificat d’incinération)

Both of these documents will have the date and time of the death on it.

 

ALL OF THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE HAS BEEN CONTRIBUTED BY
Angela Clohessy Dip. FD  MBIFD

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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