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Carry out cremation


Cremation consists of 2 elements, namely the cremation of the deceased person and the subsequent burial of the urn with the ashes.

Cremation may only be carried out in a coffin.

The urn with the ashes must be buried in a cemetery. The type of grave depends on the offer of the municipality or the church or religious community that runs the cemetery. religious community that runs the cemetery.

The following burials are permitted by law:

  • in the ground,
  • in an urn stele,
  • in an urn wall,
  • in an underground vault or
  • in an above-ground burial building.

With the consent of the church, the urn may also be buried in a church. Burial at sea is not permitted in waters in Saxony-Anhalt. If the deceased person has requested burial at sea and there are no other legal provisions to the contrary, the body may be transferred to a place where burial at sea is permitted. For burial at sea, the legal provisions applicable at the place of burial must be observed.

In some municipalities, "burials in the forest" are offered. The prerequisite for this is that the area is designated as a cemetery.

  • Carrying out the two post-mortem examinations, this does not apply to miscarriages,
  • notarization of the death,
    • in the case of stillborn babies, the birth must be certified by a registry office certificate before burial
    • in the case of miscarriages, a medical certificate stating the date and circumstances of the miscarriage and the name and address of the mother must be submitted
  • Death certificate

Please ask your appointed funeral director or the parish, church or religious community in whose cemetery the burial is to take place which other documents and proofs are required.

Costs are incurred for

  • the performance of post-mortems (not for miscarriages),
  • the notarizations,
  • the cremation,
  • the right to use the grave ("purchase" of the grave site),
  • the coffin,
  • the urn,
  • the funeral director.

If you are organizing a funeral service, additional costs will be incurred (e.g. for the funeral hall, for the funeral speaker, catering, etc.).

The amount of the costs depends on the type and nature of the funeral.

If you are unable to afford the costs, please contact your local social welfare office as soon as possible.

Cremation should be carried out within 10 days of the death being confirmed.

After cremation, the urn must be buried within one month.

The lower health authority (= district or city) can order an earlier cremation for reasons of hygiene. It can also allow later cremation if there are no hygiene reasons to the contrary.

Contact the cemetery where the burial is to take place.

Or contact a funeral home.

After the death has occurred, a death certificate is issued by a doctor. A death certificate is issued by the registry office on the basis of the death certificate. You must present this to the cemetery so that the burial can take place.

In the case of cremation, a second post-mortem examination must be carried out by a doctor before cremation. This doctor for the second post-mortem examination must have a special official permit or a further training qualification in the field of pathology or forensic medicine. The deceased is then cremated in a crematorium.

In Saxony-Anhalt, you do not necessarily have to hire a funeral home to carry out the funeral. However, it is advisable to hire one, as they will also take care of all the formalities and deal with the authorities for you.

You can arrange the funeral individually, whereby the wishes of the deceased person should be taken into account.

If the deceased person has expressly decided against cremation, this is not permitted.

Ministry of Labor, Social Affairs and Integration of Saxony-Anhalt

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

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