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Report of Death and Legalities
« on: January 20, 2010, 06:05:23 AM »
I don\'t know where to post this topic, moderators you may move it to the right place!  It\'s been a while since i last visited this site!  

I have a brother in law that moved to the Philippines last September 2009 after meeting his girlfriend in Isabel, Leyte. He sold his place here to have money and start over there.  There is no job here in the US anyway and he was almost 62 so he decided to just retire in the PI.  I will give the details of the complicated story later...

To make the story short, he died of cardiac arrest two days ago.  He asked to have his body cremated and be shipped back to his family here.  My sister was helping with the funeral services in Cebu right now.  My question is, what\'s the best or fastest courier for shipping ashes and his personal effects?  And how to report the death of a foreign national?  Because i\'ve heard that it is necessary to have it reported to the US embassy.  Thank you so much for your inputs.


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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2010, 07:41:30 AM »
Sorry to hear your loss.

+011 632 301-2000

Embassy direct number - can report death us a us citizen by following voice prompts.

I have seen so much conflict while in the Philippines - amazingly 99% of it was merely online computer experiences :D


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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2010, 12:15:46 PM »
Thank you... Really appreciate it...


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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2010, 04:15:26 AM »
Another question:

Have anyone here shipped ashes to the US?  What airlines? Thank you again!  The route would be from Cebu - Salt Lake City.

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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2013, 01:50:29 AM »
Hi everyone, this reply might be a bit late now but for future reference this could be a good information for someone out there. This is from my own personal experience from last year when my husband passed away in Makati. He was British and became a US citizen. When a foreigner dies in the Philippines, the crematory facility takes care of everything including contacts with the embassy, it is the law as I was told.  In our case because he was a US citizen at the time of his death then it was the US embassy that was notified.
I brought his ashes back to US myself handcarry in a marble urn, I just put it in a bag. No problem at all coming back here in US. If you need to mail the ashes back to US or anywhere in Europe or Australia, any of the shipping carriers will do it like UPS or FedEx.
I hope this info helps. My late husband is in a better place now, no more pain and suffering from the horrible MS.
Happy New Year to everyone and have a great day.

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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2013, 03:07:43 AM »

My deepest condolences, tita.  Thank you for sharing.  May it help many.

Kuya Jack
Louisville, KY USA - Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, PH

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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2013, 02:25:00 PM »

My deepest condolences! Our neighbor just across the street from us her husband, a British national passed away abruptly a few weeks ago from prostate cancer, he was 79, leaving his Filipina wife and 7 yr old daughter which they have been well provided for leaving them a home in Florida and here in the Philippines. He was cremated in Quezon City. He was pretty much a loner and didn't have any close family ties.
May he and your dearly departed R.I.P.!

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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #7 on: January 16, 2013, 05:20:36 PM »
I lost my Best friend at work one day his age was 65 he was in good health one morning while driving to work I saw his car just before my work entrace off the side of the road in some Bushes we called him UNCLE SAM when I stoped he was slumped over the steering wheel already passed away he hade Suffered a Massive heart attack  he was already applying for his ss he was so Happy to finally retire and start to enjoy what was left of his my deepest regrets for your loss thank you for shareing.----ATL_KNOX --RIP UNCLE SAM>>>im sorry if I was not supposed to add this her loss just makes me remember my Best friend...It just goes to show you we never know when our number is up..uncle sam -be kool on your stool and neat in your seat -wildbill told you that.

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Re: Report of Death and Legalities
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 03:05:27 PM »
This is one aspect to life that we really need to have organized before it happens.

What happens when we die?

Although we have everything fairly well organized for my wife and family if I died in Australia, dying in the Philippines adds a whole new world of comlexity to the situation my wife would then face. And she will need to face this at exactly the time when she will feel least able to deal with things.

However, it will be crucial that she handles all of our affairs properly and well, in order to gain everything she is legally and financially entitled to, and well deserves, for the remainder of my dear wife's life.

It's so important that we have our affairs in order. Personally I'd rather be buried than cremated, but I'm not convinced that any Philippines funeral company and also our lawyer and other family members still in Australia could properly handle everything necessary.

It does seem very complicated, as the following post from another forum demonstrates. Are others here properly organized? Opinions and exeriences?

(Quote) Recently i had a good friend die all of a sudden who had no girlfriend or wife, his name was Howard 60 years of age and lived in Dalaguete Cebu. We thought it would be a good idea to share the information that i learnt from death to burial so if any other member finds that they are in the same position, they will have some idea of procedures and costs.

Howard died at 7.45am fortunately i was by his side at the time so he was not on his own. First thing i learnt is that they will not move the body to the morgue unless there is a friend or relative present. I then had to aquire his Philippines death certificate which a friend or relative has to sign.

They will want to know about his occupation, birth date, full name, current address and whether they are to be buried or cremated, so have these facts in hand when you go back to the hospital to aquire the death certificate. I wanted Howard moved to a funeral home asap, so had to pay his medical bill that morning before they would release his body.

After i recieved the death certificate i had to take it to another medical center where another doctor signed it off, then i had to go to the local municipality hall and register his death there at a cost of 200 pesos.

I went back then to the funeral home and was offered packages from 32,000 pesos for cremation and starting at 45,000 pesos for burial, though i had to pay 50,000 pesos because he was over 6ft tall and had to get a slightly larger coffin. The package included embalment, coffin, a week period of stay at the funeral home and transporting the body around. As Howard was non religious we had him buried in the municipality grave yard, at a cost of 1000 pesos for the plot. If he was Catholic the church would want 5000 pesos for the plot.

I then had to arrange for someone to dig the grave and put a slab of concrete over the top. That came to 900 pesos but i had to supply the cement which was two bags in total. I also got Howard a plaque to go on top i choose a concrete one for 600 pesos, though there was a mable one for 1500 pesos. Then there was the food and drink after the burial i brought 100 cokes and 100 pieces of bread for the Filipinos and a round of beer at Charitos in Dalaguete for the foreigners.

As he was renting the owner of the house was unwilling to have him there until the burial so I had no choice but to leave him at the burial home until the day of his burial, where i then moved him to where i am staying for the afternoon so people could come and pay their respects and sign the condolence book..

You also need to speak to the Barangy Captain to organise the Barangy Tanod to help with the traffic on the way to the cementary, that cost 500 pesos also. Flowers came to 5000 pesos. I sold of his possessions in the house he was renting as it was unfurnished, and raised enough money to pay half the funeral home to get his body released from there and for the other items i have already mentioned. I of course kept his personal possessions and sent them back to the UK for his son to keep.

I had the full authorisation from his only son Tony to make all the arrangements and to get him buried, unfortunatly he could not make his father's burial. Though he will be out here sometime soon.

The next step after he was buried was to get a British death certificate from the British embassy in Manila. This is no simple feat. I had to get Tony to sign an application death form and send it over to me. Then i had to send that with his passport and Philippine death certificate to the embassy to get the British one, this cost 12.750 pesos. It took them 5 working days to do their own investigation and send the British death certificate back to me. I then had to FedEx that back to the UK to Tony, so he could give it to his lawyer to have the Will read out.

I managed to pursuade his bank here in the Philippines to give me his account balance, but i will need a letter of authorisation from Tony with a copy of Tony's birth certificate to allow me to draw out the funds. Though when Tony comes here he can do that himself.

Well thats about all i have learnt in a very short time. I hope no one will have to go through this, but if they do i hope this helps in some way to point you in the right direction and have some idea what the procedure is. Thanks for reading. (End quote)