Disposition of Remains Report
In the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Sint Maarten, Saba, or St. Eustatius (“Statia”), please contact the U.S. Consulate General Curacao.
U.S. Consulate General Curacao Information
J.B. Gorsiraweg 1
After hours phone: +5999-510+6870
Profile of Religions and Religious Services Available to Visitors
Religions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness, Islam, Hinduism, Judaism.
Funeral Directors, Morticians, and Related Services Available in the Host Country
|DISCLAIMER: The U.S. Consulate General Curacao assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians, and other service providers.|
Agencia Funeraria El Consolador
Address: Charoweg z/n
Agencia Funeraria El Senorial
Address: Van Leeuwenhoekstraat z/n
Cell: Phone: +5999-550-0090
Agencia Funeraria El Tributo
Address: Emancipatie Blvd 40
There are no funeral homes on Saba. The island is served by funeral homes in St. Maarten (see list above).
There are no funeral homes on Statia. The island is served by funeral homes in St. Maarten (list above).
Profile of Services Available in the Dutch Caribbean Regarding Preparation and Shipment of Remains:
Both burial and cremation are common in the Dutch Caribbean. Hospitals and funeral homes have refrigerated morgues. Police stations and hospitals usually have local funeral home contacts available for families of deceased individuals.
The disposition of remains is subject to U.S. and local (foreign) law, U.S. and foreign customs requirements, and the foreign country facilities, which are often vastly different from those in the United States.
– The cost of cremation, embalming, and/or repatriation services to the U.S. ranges between $2000 and $5000 USD. Pricing depends on numerous factors, including method of disposition (cremation vs burial), destination, and weight.
– Autopsies are generally only performed when death is not due to natural causes.
– The undertaker handling the funeral arrangements files a report of death with the Civil Registry, which is responsible for issuing burial/cremation permits.
– Embalming is arranged through the local funeral home.
– In cases where death is due to an infectious disease, the Ministry of Health will determine how the remains may be disposed.
– Local funeral homes typically require the birth certificate of the deceased and (in cases of repatriation) contact information of a U.S. funeral home.
– The Department of State has no funds to assist in the return of remains or ashes to the United States.
Consular Report of Death Abroad of a U.S. Citizen
Upon issuance of a death certificate by the host government, the U.S. Consulate General Curacao will prepare a Consular Report of Death Abroad of a U.S. Citizen. Twenty originals of that report are provided to the next-of-kin or legal representative and may be used in U.S. courts to settle estate matters. The following information regarding the deceased is required for the completion of this report:
- Date and place of birth.
- Evidence of U.S citizenship.
- Local death certificate.
- Specific location where death occurred, street address, and name of institution if applicable.
- Date of burial or cremation; place and name of cemetery or crematorium.
- U.S. Social Security Number.
- Address in the United States.
- Name, address, and phone number of the deceased’s next-of-kin.
- Name, address and phone number of the administrator of the estate.
The following form can be used to provide the above information:
Notification of the death of a U.S. citizen abroad
Updated June 2018