When an unexpected death occurs on vacation

It is an unfortunate fact that tragic accidents do occur at the most unexpected times – often while people are relaxing and enjoying themselves on a trip of vacation with family and friends.  If the unthinkable occurs and a loved one dies while on vacation, knowing how to deal with the practicalities of the situation can reduce unnecessary stress and heartache. Families appreciate knowing they can depend on us during such a difficult time.  Call us from anywhere and we can help – even though we may be far away.  We can arrange to have your loved one returned with care.  We can take care of the paperwork so you don’t have to.  If there is an official inquiry as to the cause of death, we can work with you and the officials in whatever timeline is needed.

If you plan to accompany your loved one on the return trip, talk to us before selecting an airline.  Every airline has different regulations and requirements; we can help in determining the options and making the necessary arrangements.  Keep in mind that if you plan to carry on a cremation container, it must be made of a material that will allow it to go through the x-ray screening process at the airport.  It is not uncommon for a death to occur while abroad; each year a few thousand Americans die while on a short trip out of the country.  Most U.S. citizens who die while abroad are returned to the United States for cremation or burial.  However, if you so choose, we can work with you and the Bureau of Consular Affairs to make the necessary arrangements for a local burial or cremation.  If you do plan to have your loved one returned to the U.S., we will help you acquire the necessary documents and permits for transportation.  The important thing to remember is that we are here to help you, every step of the way.  Our resources are extensive, which allows us to reach out even across great distances and provide you with the assistance you need at a difficult time.  Please don’t hesitate to call on us.