Guiding Light Funerals


"Repatriation - when someone who has passed away in one country and needs to be transferred to another country for cremation or burial. This can also be from State to State in Australia."


The Repatriation of a deceased interstate or overseas can be a difficult and consuming experience.

Occasionally, someone will die away from home or perhaps having lived in Australia, held a desire to be buried in their home country. In both instances, we at Guiding Light Funerals possess a solid understanding of the requirements and legalities involved with the transportation of human remains and can complete the entire process for you from beginning to end, leaving you at ease.

With today’s ease in covering great distances, it’s common to travel, study, work or retire in a place other than your country of birth. If a death occurs in any of these circumstances, we can provide you with expert services to bring your loved one back to Australia or send them interstate or overseas for interment.

Many Australians have family members living overseas. When a death occurs, one of the most difficult decisions you will have to make, especially if your loved one’s wishes are not known, is whether to lay them to rest in Australia, or send them to be interred close to family overseas. Some decide to send deceased relatives back to their native land for interment. Others have them buried in Australia but then decide to exhume and repatriate them many years later.

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.

This is just one of the specialised services we offer.

Service before Repatriation

Family living in Australia, may like to have a service here before the coffin is transported overseas. We, at Guiding Light Funerals, can organise a church, chapel or funeral service at another location prior to the Repatriation.

Speak to our consultant about having a funeral service for your loved one.

Guiding Light Funeral will guide you through the funeral arrangement process.  

Please call us on 1800 053 134  for any funeral advice or contact us to request a no obligation personal meeting at your home or location of choice.