05 Feb 2011 00:33:
I know all about funerals in Spain as my father died last year. However my Spanish speaking son did help me out, he phoned someone and they came and confirmed death and gave us a piece of paper. Next you find a funeral company and they come within an hour or so, they go through everything with you, choice of coffin, flowers etc. They do all the paper work including registering the death with the Consulate etc. They then take the body. They also informed the local 'Vicar' and he contacted me regarding the service. Price....quite expensive, basic cremation including everything 4,700 euros. This was in Marbella. After the event I discovered it can be done less expensive approx 2500 + The cremation doesn't have to take place within 24 hours like the Spanish way, a week later is fine which allows people to get flights etc. If the death is unexpected I believe you have to phone the Guardia first. I have heard that If the person who dies wishes to leave their body to the hospital, I think they arrange everything at no cost, but this would need checking out as this may not be true. You could then have a memorial service instead.
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