Information on how to proceed if you need to report the death of a family member in Luxembourg...
In the event of a death occurring in the home, a medical doctor should always be contacted. The doctor will confirm the date and time of death, including any obvious cause and provide the paperwork which will allow the death to be properly registered. The doctor prepares a death declaration (déclaration de decès) detailing the identity of the deceased and the date and time of death.
The police should be called only if there are any suspicious circumstances. The doctor will call the police if necessary.
Reporting the Death
A death must be reported and registered at the earliest possible opportunity at the Civil Registrar's office (Bureau de l'Etat civil) of the commune where the death occurred. This can be done by anyone, including the funeral company/undertaker or a relative of the deceased.
- Ville de Luxembourg have more information (in French)
- Syvacol have full list of cantons and their communes and contact details
A death certificate (acte de decès), is issued by the Civil Registrar together with two transport permits (permis de transport) for the remains. One of the transport permits must be given to the funeral company, the other is for the administration office of the commune where the burial is to take place.
The following documents must be presented when declaring a death:
- The death certificate issued by the doctor (certificat de decès)
- The family booket (livret de famille) or all identity documents of the deceased (birth certificate, wedding certificate, passport and identity card; the driving licence of the deceased may also be required)
- If the deceased will be buried in a different commune, a certificate of burial (certificat de mise en bière) is required
- If the deceased will be cremated:
- certificat de mise en biere (certificate of burial)
- a death certificate stating that the death was not violent
- a medical certificate stating that the deceased person did not have a pace-maker
If the burial is not taking place in the same commune where the death took place, then it will be necessary to obtain a burial authorisation from the commune where it will be held.
The family or funeral director makes the arrangements for a burial or cremation date with the local administration. In the case of cremation, the authorisation for cremation can only be given by the next of kin.
Burial must take place between 24 to 72 hours after death, though extensions are possible if a medical inspector certifies it is necessary. In cases of cremation, the body may not be moved for cremation until 24 hours after death and cremation must take place within 72 hours of the death.
- Further information on burial and cremation (in French)
Before ashes can be interred or scattered, permission must be obtained from the commune where the death took place. At this time a declaration of whether the ceremony will be civil or religious must be made. If the scattering or interment of the ashes will take place in the same municipality where the death took place, this permission can be obtained when declaring the death.
- Guichet have more information on how to register a death (in French)
Registering the death with a foreign embassy
If the deceased was a citizen of a foreign country, the death should also be registered at the deceased's home country Embassy in Luxembourg. This will simplify repatriating remains and administrative formalities in the deceased's home country (although Luxembourg death certificates are recognised by many countries). For information on registering a death of a foreign national, see the following links:
- Australian nationals (register at the Australian Embassy in Belgium)
- Canadian nationals (register with the Canadian Consulate in Luxembourg)
- UK nationals (register at the UK Embassy in Luxembourg)
- US citizens (register at the US Embassy in Luxembourg)