International and National Repatriation

Repatriation is the taking home of the deceased or the remains of someone who has died or been buried in a foreign land; a land that is not of their birth or that of their ancestors. There may be a personal desire for burial in their native country or the need to transport the deceased back to New Zealand.

If this applies to you, you should state your desire to be repatriated in your will. It may be your wish to be buried in the land of your birth, perhaps a family grave or a church cemetery with other members of the family or clan. It is always wise to discuss these arrangements with family and close friends so that they are able to fulfill your final wishes.

Resthaven Funerals offer a complete worldwide repatriation service to all parts of New Zealand and overseas and includes:

  • Taking your loved one into our care
  • Embalming
  • The correct casket and specialist packaging for air transportation
  • Legal documentation for foreign shipment
  • The air transportation to the deceased’s native land

You should contact us as soon as possible so we may help with repatriation of the deceased. For information or advice please click here.