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  • Repatriation and funeral



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    My father has mesothelioma end stage. He is from Luton and I moved him up to chesterfield to care for him. He wants to get cremated in Luton with all his friends present. It will need to be 1 weeks after death as some friends coming from abroad My question is how do I go about getting him there ? Do I get funeral directors here to transport ? Or do I get a Luton company to come get him ? Who stores the busy fir a week ?

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  • David



    I’m sorry to hear about your father’s condition. It’s understandable that you wish to be prepared so you can fulfill your father’s wishes for the funeral service and cremation to take place back in his home town with his friends present.


    If you are using a funeral director in Luton then you can request that they collect the body – this could be done just prior to cremation or they could arrange transport soon after your father’s death and he would then remain with them in Luton until the funeral takes place. However, there would be costs associated with this service and it is worth being aware of how much it will be. You will need to speak to the funeral director to find out more about this. If the cost of the funeral arrangements are a concern, you can speak to Down to Earth who offer advice and support on these matters (


    Within the UK, it is possible to arrange the transport however you deem appropriate providing it is done in a safe way. You can move the body in a large car or van and can arrange this yourself, if you are comfortable and able to do so. The only situation in which special measures need to be taken is when moving a body outside of England and Wales (such as to Scotland) which would not apply in your case.


    We hope that other members of the community will offer their own insights if this has affected them. The Marie Curie Support Line is also here to provide information and emotional support to anyone affected by a terminal illness. If you have any further questions or would like to talk to us, we are available here on the online community or via Freephone 0800 090 2309.


    Take care.

    David - Support Line Officer.

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