When will our bank account be blocked?
Upon notification of the death, the bank account of the deceased and the joint accounts of the spouses are immediately blocked. However, the funeral costs and the costs of the last illness can always be paid on presentation of the invoices.
Do we need to contact a notary to declare the estate?
No, this is not mandatory. It is advisable to do this when filing a declaration with immovable property, because ownership titles change.
Can the deceased be buried in the same grave as his or her partner?
Each municipality has its own regulations for their cemetery. For example, it is possible that this is allowed in one municipality and not in another. Usually this must be provided for the partner who dies first. Ask us, we will help you.
Can we carry the coffin into the church ourselves?
Only the flexibility of the funeral director plays a role here.
If you can better deal with your loss in this way, you should simply report it.
Should the deceased be immediately transferred to a funeral home?
No, the family decides whether to stay at home for one or more days.
When the deceased is laid out at home for a longer period of time, specific measures must be taken. (embalming/thanatopraxy)
Is a cremation cheaper than a burial?
One would think that a cremation is cheaper than a traditional burial.
Indeed: a cremation in itself is not that expensive. But there is more to it: the urn, interment or burial with possibly an urn/columbarium stone, the extra hours of the staff and the extra travel.
But all this usually does not outweigh a large grave monument at a traditional burial.
Is a funeral expensive and what does it cost?
This is a question that concerns many people. In principle, you determine the price of a funeral yourself. Every funeral director has a number of fixed rates and costs that everyone pays, regardless of how large or small the funeral is. These rates are more or less at the same level, depending on which service is provided. The different “variables”; which coffin, which mourning print (and how much), a cremation, a coffee table, the stone and flowers determine the final price.
Can urns be kept at home?
From 1 July 2004, you can take home the ashes or part of the ashes of first-degree relatives. For the avoidance of doubt, this concerns the ashes of your children, parents, adoptive children, adoptive parents, brothers and sisters. To do this, you must complete and sign a model statement by all first-degree family members.
Can I arrange my funeral in advance? Are there people who do this?
There are many people young and old who decide to arrange their funeral themselves in advance.
This can be for various reasons. For example, because one no longer has a family or to spare the surviving relative all this.
Can we choose a funeral director where we want?
There is no legal provision that obliges the family to choose a particular Funeral Home.
The family itself decides which Funeral Home they go to.