As the death date is not known to anyone and it indeed is the universal truth. So what happens if you die in Thailand? The question was being answered by the Harry Moreth at Pattaya city Expats club on 7th of September in a meeting and manager of international operations at John Monkhouse international Funeral directors whose graveyards were in Bangkok.
Harry has been an expat for most of his life. He was being brought up in the abroad and also he was capable of speaking several languages fluently. Moreover, he served his services for almost 23 years as a consular officer specializing management in places like Pakistan, Iraq, and Jordan in the German Foreign Service. He was the consular officer death cases charge in Bangkok at the German embassy for almost five years i.e. from 2008 to 2013.
Allison Monkhouse Funeral Directors main location is at the Melbourne and Australia. It is business owned by a family and was originally started in the early 19th century in England moving towards the Melbourne in the 1860s. From their Bangkok offices, they were specialized in the deporting of dead foreign nationals to their home countries as well as to local funerals also the cremations and deporting of the body ashes.
According to Harry’s saying they worked with the international insurance companies and locally with the consular services of most embassies that were located in Bangkok and also the regional. According to the saying of Harry when he was a consular officer one of the problems he encountered at most frequent was that people passing away and leaving behind their friends or family.
Now the problem was that what should be done with respect to the disposition of the body and matters that were related to the estate. According to his recommendation, one should write out that what should be done if one passes away here at Thailand and leave it with someone.
He should also prepare a will with the information to ensure your wishes that has to be carried out.
What would happen if a foreigner passes away in Thailand? Harry said that if a person dies in the hospital then the first thing is the involvement of the police in that case. They take note of the facts, secure the belongings of the dead person, and prepare a police report. The identification is done by the policeman along with the medical personnel. Harry stated that police services have always been found very helpful in these cases. Secondly, a death report is issued of the person. This is done by the hospital members where the person died or if the dead body was taken there after his death or the alternative is that the death report is made and issued by the forensic center.
The third step is the death certificate is issued by the District Office based on the report made by the hospital members and police.
Moreover until the cause of the death very clear such as death caused due to a motorcycle accident. An autopsy would be performed on the permission of the police in case of the death caused I Thailand of foreigner person. According to the people’s choice, the dead body could be cremated what many Thais do. It can be taken out to sea and the ashes scattered. It could be sent to the family or friends in the dead person’s home country or it can be handed over to someone locally here in Thailand.
If a person chooses to have his body shipped back to his home country according to the law the body must be embalmed. The body must be shipped in a coffin.
Club member Richard Smith describes the next excursions that are organized by him. A trip would be organized that aims to visit Bangkok’s biggest flower market that has been followed by the dinner cruise on the Chao Phraya River also because of its popularity. He is also in process of organizing one other shopping trip to Bangkok for the purpose to visit the Ikea store and the Mega Mall.
Harry recalled one case where if the person doesn’t make a will before his death then, as a result, there was a 2.5 year legal battle between the estates. Harry on addition said that for the registration of a will an executor must be appointed. One must go to a provincial court the executor will then get the authority of the court to dispose of the dead one’s assets in accord with their will.
He further mentioned clearly that the funeral home located in Thailand is the only one with a fully equipped mortuary also including cool storage facilities and it’s the only one in Thailand who performs embalming according to international standards. Jason Scovell was introduced by the Harry, who is the Mortuary Manager responsible for the Australian location and is currently working in Bangkok providing training to the Bangkok staff about the concerned matter.
Funeral arrangements start around 40,000 baht. The prepaid plans include getting the death certificates of the dead persons and also making arrangements to send the left ashes after the cremation to its home country if repatriation of body or ashes is desired by its family members. PCEC Master of Ceremonies Richard Silverberg awarded Harry with the Certificate of Appreciation for his informative presentation to the Club. You could check some other informative websites such as the AMAR Internationals that works for the well-being purpose and is worth informative.