What Do I Do If My Loved One Dies While Traveling?

The world gets smaller every day. No one understands this more than those of us who live in the Indianapolis, Greenwood, and Pendleton areas, now with more people traveling and spending longer periods of time away from home. People are also retiring earlier and often pursue leisure in communities far from where they were born – and far from other family members. Other people travel for work. It all means the chances of dying away from home are greater now than ever before.

The families of those who die unexpectedly in a faraway place need special help and consideration as it creates more challenges than a death in a hometown. If this happens to someone you love, you know you can trust the expertise and knowledge of the Wilson St. Pierre team – both to ease your burden and to minimize costs.

When people die outside the United States, there are several situations to consider. This may require us to work closely with the U.S. Embassy, the State Department, and other government agencies. When a person dies while serving in the military, the government provides many special services. And our funeral home is experienced in arranging for these benefits and ensuring they are received.

In very rare cases, a death occurs away from home as the result of an accident or disaster.  When law enforcement authorities, medical examiners, or coroners become involved, we help coordinate all the details and documentation for the return and burial of the deceased.

Of course, not everyone travels extensively. But many who have lived in another community for years have a desire to be returned to their place of birth, or to be buried with other family members. In addition to travel arrangements, those who have made another community their home often have need for two types of services: one for their friends in their current community and one for family and friends at the place of burial. This might seem like a lot to manage, but when you choose Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, we will make it all seamless for you.

Regardless of how or why death away from home occurs, it almost always creates its own set of challenges. But Wilson St. Pierre has the expertise to lighten your burden under these especially trying conditions.

The most important thing you can do is to make your funeral plans and preparations in advance.  When you preplan your funeral, your family will not have to guess what you would have wanted or make difficult decisions during a time of sorrow. Having your plans set is especially important if you think there is any possibility your death could occur unexpectedly away from home. We always encourage our clients to discuss these choices with their family, and we welcome your questions about arrangements and costs.

Families are always faced with many difficult emotions and decisions when a death occurs. When it happens away from home, the challenges are even more unusual and complex. Be sure your choice of funeral home brings you and your family peace of mind.