1. Declare the death to the Mairie where the death occurred
2. Contact Funeral Director
3. Inform Insurance Companies
1. The PACS ends by the death of one of the partners. The surviving partner must send a copy of the death certificate to the Greffe du Tribunal d'Instance which recorded the initial act.
1. Inform the deceased's employer if there is one
2. Inform ASSEDIC if the deceased was unemployed and receiving benefits
1. All bank, saving and post office accounts in France and elsewhere
2. Mortgage provider if there is one
3. CPAM and any other heath care scheme
4. All Pension providers
5. Credit companies
7. Solicitor, Accountants, etc
8. Passport agency to return/cancel a passport
9. Driving Licence agency
1. Utility Companies in order to terminate any contract
2. The Tax Office
3. Change of status with Social Services benefits
4. Country of Origin Consulate -
You MUST within 24 hours report the death to the local Commune Mairie where the death occurred.. It is a legal requirement and you will be fined if this is not done.
You MUST complete the burial or cremation between 2 and 6 days.
1. The Death Certificate (acte de décès) does not indicate the cause of death and is issued by the doctor. If the death is caused by accident, or suicide the gendarmerie must be informed and they issue the death certificate
2. You can be buried on your own land with permission
3. You can scatter ashes on your own land, river, sea or out of an aeroplane
4. It is the law that the family must follow the deceased's wishes. If the person wishes to be repatriated back to the UK or any other country for burial or cremation. It is very costly, however repatriation by air, sea or overland is allowed with the following documents which must travel with the deceased:
Deceased's birth and marriage certificates (translated to country of repatriation)
Certificate of embalming
Death Certificate (translated to country of repatriation)
Certified copy of the registration of the death (translated to country of repatriation)
Authorisation to remove the deceased out of the country
If returning to the UK a post mortem will probably be required by the Coroner as the Death Certificate in France does not show cause of death.
5. If you die in Hospital your organs will be available for donation, unless you have signed a opt-
6. If a British person dies in France you can also register the death at the British Consulate General in Paris, this will ensure that it appears in the UK Registry Office
7. The cost of the funeral is paid out of the deceased's estate, or has to be paid for by relatives.