Navigating the Complexities of Mortuary Shipping

July 14, 2021

How To Handle the Challenges of Out-of-Town Deaths

Funeral directors are faced with many challenges, but perhaps none so great as coordinating the return of a decedent following an out-of-town death. Many of us can be easily stressed by planning for a simple recreational trip, needing to remember where we put our passport or coordinating our schedule with available flight times. Imagine the complexities involved in planning a deceased individual’s journey home following an unplanned death while out of town or on vacation. If your funeral home has never been tasked with coordinating mortuary shipping for a decedent, the task can seem insurmountable. NMS aims to fill that knowledge gap for your funeral home and serve as your partner when you are called on to bring a loved one home. 

Much More Than Flight Arrangements

Whether an individual has died unexpectedly while abroad or in the United States, the effort to bring him or her home for funeral services will be complex. A family member is not able to coordinate flights for a deceased loved one. That can be executed only by an approved and known mortuary shipping company using a specialty shipping container. Keep in mind that different states—and certainly different countries—will have varying rules regarding how a decedent should be removed and whether embalming needs to take place prior to shipping. 

In addition to making flight arrangements, you will need to provide the required documentation and identification for the decedent, arrange transportation for the decedent to the airport and, upon the decedent’s arrival, arrange livery services from the airport to the funeral home. Fortunately, the team at NMS has years of experience arranging mortuary shipping services. We can handle any and all of your needs and are well prepared to handle any unexpected challenges or roadblocks.

Services Executed With Respect and Concern for Families

As a funeral director, you know how delicate matters of mortuary shipping can be. We understand that as well. Our leadership includes a licensed and experienced funeral director who understands the need to execute the shipping process with the utmost dignity and respect for the family. That goal is clearly communicated and shared by the entire NMS team, and we work to help you support the family no matter what services you need, from help handling an out-of-town cremation or coordinating the embalming required to prepare the decedent for flight.


Bringing Deceased Loved Ones Home

NMS Is Your Mortuary Shipping Partner

When an out-of-town death occurs, grieving families will turn to you for guidance and support in the midst of an unimaginable situation—and you can turn to National Mortuary Shipping. As your partner, we will help you ease the family’s stress and bring peace of mind through returning their loved one home for funeral services. Knowledgeable, experienced, and dedicated mortuary shipping specialists will be here whenever you call—24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you need mortuary shipping support, please reach out at any time.

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