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Carrying out a funeral by the regulatory authorities


If a person dies, the funeral must take place within a certain period of time. The funeral must be organized by the relatives of the deceased person. In individual cases, a person or institution may be obliged to do so if the deceased has commissioned them to do so during his lifetime.

If no relatives and no other obligated persons or institutions (agents) can be located, a funeral will be carried out by the regulatory authorities. Here, the funeral is organized by the municipality.

In principle, earth and cremation burials are possible for official burials. Due to the lower costs, most municipalities choose a cremation followed by an anonymous burial.

  • the deceased person has not made any provision for his or her funeral
  • there are no relatives of the deceased person present or to be identified
  • the relatives do not take care of the funeral
  • Place of death must be in Saxony-Anhalt

There are at least costs for:

  • the organisation of post-mortem examinations,
  • the notarizations,
  • cremation,
  • the transport of corpses,
  • the right to use the grave ("acquisition" of the grave site),
  • the coffin or urn,
  • Administrative costs
  • possibly costs for the funeral home.

The burial or cremation should be carried out within 10 days of the determination of death. The urn must be buried within one month of cremation.

The responsibility lies with the municipality or city in whose territory the person died.

If a person dies, a report is made to the health office.

The public order office then tries to locate relatives or representatives of the deceased person and the funeral wish of the deceased person via registration authorities, registry offices, parishes / religious communities and probate courts.

If this search is unsuccessful within the funeral period, the public order office will arrange for a "burial ex officio".

Religious peculiarities must also be taken into account. The municipality pays for the costs of a simple burial.

The regulatory authority can also make use of a funeral home.

If relatives exist, but they are not financially able to provide for the funeral, an application for reimbursement of the funeral costs can be submitted to the social assistance institution.

Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Integration of the State of Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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