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    What happens when a foreigner dies here?

    Due to the serious illness of a friend recently I was forced into doing some research. Here is what I found out:

    If a patient dies at home:

    Call the police. Immediately. Donít wait regardless of the time. They will contact a doctor and do the pronouncing. Once that is done and their paperwork is done they contact the funeral home. I had contacted two of them and my recommendation is Baldino the woman in Santo Domingo was incredibly helpful and spoke excellent English. the number there is 809-533-3232. We wanted to make sure we knew what to expect ahead of time.

    They will arrange to pick up the body. All foreigners who die here must undergo an autopsy. This is done in Santo Domingo and occasionally is done in Santiago.

    Depending on your choices:

    - cremation is done in Santo Domingo. You can go pick up the remains or they will ship them to you in country.
    - Burial Ė a casket is chosen and then you arrange either burial here or shipment to another country. They will arrange all of that for you.

    I was quoted $1,850 US for services including cremation. Other prices will vary depending on casket, shipping etc.

    If the patient dies in hospital, the police are called once the person is pronounced and then the funeral home is contacted.

    I hope this is helpful to others! Fortunately we did not have to use their services!

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    Quote Originally Posted by planner View Post
    What happens when a foreigner dies here?

    Due to the serious illness of a friend recently I was forced into doing some research. Here is what I found out:

    If a patient dies at home:

    Call the police. Immediately. Don’t wait regardless of the time. They will contact a doctor and do the pronouncing. Once that is done and their paperwork is done they contact the funeral home. I had contacted two of them and my recommendation is Baldino the woman in Santo Domingo was incredibly helpful and spoke excellent English. the number there is 809-533-3232. We wanted to make sure we knew what to expect ahead of time.

    They will arrange to pick up the body. All foreigners who die here must undergo an autopsy. This is done in Santo Domingo and occasionally is done in Santiago.

    Depending on your choices:

    - cremation is done in Santo Domingo. You can go pick up the remains or they will ship them to you in country.
    - Burial – a casket is chosen and then you arrange either burial here or shipment to another country. They will arrange all of that for you.

    I was quoted $1,850 US for services including cremation. Other prices will vary depending on casket, shipping etc.

    If the patient dies in hospital, the police are called once the person is pronounced and then the funeral home is contacted.

    I hope this is helpful to others! Fortunately we did not have to use their services!
    This is valuable info.

    I just had two deaths in my family.

    My father and stepdad died two weeks apart in March.

    I had my dad cremated because that is what he wanted. The whole thing came out to $1,400 USD including service, cremation and urn.

    Wow $1,850 USD in DR seems alot compared to NY.

    My stepdad was buried. Everything including casket, service, and lot came out to almost 8K USD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by planner View Post
    What happens when a foreigner dies here?

    Burial Ė a casket is chosen and then you arrange shipment to another country. They will arrange all of that for you.


    I hope this is helpful to others! Fortunately we did not have to use their services!
    Would your travel insurance pay for this

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    Sometimes it will be covered and sometimes it is not. You always need to check your coverage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by planner View Post
    All foreigners who die here must undergo an autopsy.
    Why is this?

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    I think they do them in most countries to establish the cause of death- very useful information as most of us are planning on dying at some point

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    I have been told that if they know what you died of - ie obvious causes - you don't have an autopsy. I also heard that if you die on the north coast and don't have to have an autopsy, you HAVE to be buried as there is nowhere on the north coast that does cremations. This worries me a little as I would like to be cremated! Can anyone confirm this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Why is this?

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    This isn't uncommon. Even in cases where there are religious objections, people may have to have their remains autopsied in some places. For a comparison, many states in the US require an automatic autopsy under certain conditions: for the elderly; children; for head injuries when the person wasn't alone; people in institutional care; for obvious fire arms or lacerations, etc. These are based on previous and statistical information of abuse, public health & injury records, as well as death records of "vulnerable populations."

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if another country tried to hold the DR accountable and the DR is practicing some "defensive law."

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    I would call the deceased person's consulate first.
    Then, try to find that person's doctor, legal representative and family.
    The police, unless it's a crime scene, can wait. There have been too many reports of looting BY the police.

    As an expat, it would aslo be advisable to leave an information sheet of whom to call FIRST and other contact persons (family abroad, local friends, legal representative, insurances and so forth) with people like your maid, partner, friends and your legal representation. I personally even have such a list in my vehicle.
    Not everybody expects to die, but it does happen, eventually.

    ... J-D.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matilda View Post
    Why is this?

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    I think it has to do with the preservation of evidence if it later transpires that the death was not "natural" i.e., a homicide.

    The rule is if the person hasn't seen a doctor in the last 24 hours the corpse gets a slice and dice.

    Same goes for cadavers to be cremated - unless there's a very recent physician's report which can be related to the cause of death, the cadaver gets autopsied.

    If anyone needs extra information, my good friend and sometime poster -the "Voo-doo-Man" is the official "carver-upper" - he is the guy to ask.

    And BTW the mortician in Santo Domingo is "Blandino" not "Baldino" as misnomed in another post on this thread.

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