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Repatriation is the process of returning home the body or human remains of someone who has died abroad. Repatriation requires Consulate, Medical and Coroner documentation, travel arrangements and compliance with health regulations. The human remains to be repatriated must be embalmed and placed in a hermetically sealed metal liner inside the coffin for travel to be permitted. Documents may need to be translated. A consignee is appointed to take responsibility for the deceased upon arrival in the destination country. G & P MELAS Funeral Directors can organize any repatriation out of Cyprus for any part of the world. George and Pavlos – being the only individuals in Cyprus who are members of the British Institute of Embalmers, the European Association of Embalmers, the American Society of Embalmers and the British Institute of Funeral Directors – can guarantee to the families they serve that their loved one will arrive home safely and in a condition that will allow them to hold a viewing in the receiving country. Moreover, the families we serve can use our private Chapels of Rests to hold a service or a viewing in Cyprus before their loved one flies back home. Due to our expertise and connections with the airlines we are in position to offer the most competitive prices in Cyprus. Make sure you call us for guidance and advice before you decide which funeral home you will appoint for the completion of the repatriation. Our extensive network of colleagues worldwide put us in a position where we can help with the repatriation of a Cypriot citizen who died abroad. Embalming is the art and science of chemically treating the dead human body to reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms, retard organic decomposition and restore an acceptable physical appearance. Embalming is required by international law for all the human bodies that are going to be repatriated whereas is not necessary for local funerals unless a viewing is going to be held quite a few days after the death.


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