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In order to carry out a funeral, a variety of formalities must be observed. An overview can be found here.

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  • Detailed description

    Deceased persons or stillbirths weighing 500 grams or more must be buried in accordance with § 19 paragraph 1 sentence 1 Brandenburg Funeral Act. Miscarriages are to be notified if one of the two parents so wishes (§ 19 paragraph 1 sentence 2 Brandenburg Funeral Act).  

    Who is the next of kin responsible for the funeral can be found in § 20 paragraph 1 Brandenburg Funeral Act. If the deceased person has not appointed anyone, the relatives can decide for themselves who should take care of the funeral. In doing so, they are not bound by the order of § 20 paragraph 1 of the Brandenburg Funeral Act.

    The relative who takes care of the funeral should commission a funeral home to organize and carry out the funeral.

    As types of burial, the burial of the deceased person in a coffin (= burial) or the cremation of the deceased person with subsequent burial of the ashes (= cremation) are possible. The funeral should take place as the deceased person wished. However, this only applies if the wish does not violate legal regulations or mandatory public interests. In the case of children under the age of 14 or in the case of unknown will, the person who commissions it decides on the manner of burial.

    There is a cemetery compulsion. Quite exceptionally, if there is an important reason and public interests do not conflict with this, the local regulatory authority may, in agreement with the lower health authority, grant an exception to the cemetery obligation.

    An urn with the ashes can also be buried from a ship on the high seas if the deceased person has requested a sea burial and other legislation does not preclude this.

    Every municipality in Brandenburg must ensure the burial of its inhabitants. A burial in a cemetery in the last place of residence of the deceased person is therefore always possible. In another place, burial in a cemetery of your choice is possible provided that the sponsor of the cemetery (municipality or church) provides you with a grave site. Burial at sea is only permitted in the high seas and not in Brandenburg waters.

  • Requirements
    • Conducting the post-mortem examination,
    • notarisation of the death,
      • in the case of stillbirths, the certification of the birth must be proven by a civil certificate before burial
      • in the case of miscarriages, a medical certificate must be provided showing the date, circumstance of the miscarriage and the name and address of the mother,
    • expiry of the waiting period or authorisation by the lower health authority to carry out the funeral before the expiry of the waiting period,
    • Acquisition of a right of use at a grave site (if no sea burial).  

    Please inquire about the further requirements for a sea burial at your funeral home.

  • Documents

    Death certificate or proof from the competent registry office that the notarization has been deferred.

    Please ask your commissioned funeral home or the community or church in whose cemetery the burial is to take place.

  • Fees

    There are costs for:

    • the post-mortem examination (in the case of cremation, two post-mortem examinations must be carried out),
    • the notarizations,
    • the right to use the grave ("acquisition" of the grave site),
    • cremation in the crematorium,
    • the coffin (which is also required for cremation),
    • the urn (only in the case of cremation),
    • the funeral home.

    If you perform a funeral service, additional costs will be incurred, e.B. for the funeral hall, the person giving the funeral speech, catering, etc.).

    The amount of the costs depends on the manner of burial and must be obtained from the funeral home commissioned by you and the owner of the cemetery where the burial is to take place.

    If you are unable to afford the costs, please contact your responsible social welfare office quickly.

  • Process

    Quickly hire a funeral home you trust to carry out a legally compliant funeral. He takes care of everything else.

  • Deadline

    A funeral may take place at the earliest two days after the onset of death. Burial or cremation must be carried out within ten days of the onset of death. The urn must be buried immediately after cremation. Deviations from the deadlines are possible by the decision of the lower health authority (= district or district-free city).

  • Responsible authority

    District-free city, amtsfreie Gemeinde, Amt, Verbandsgemeinde

  • Point of contact

    Kreisfreie Stadt, amtsfreie Gemeinde, Amt, Verbandsgemeinde,


  • Legal basis
  • Approved

    Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg, Unit 24

  • Approved date