Death is not a fun topic. Nobody is going to get all excited to talk about death in the Philippines. It is a fact of life, though, and we really should make plans for what will happen in the event of our death.
Recently, I got a question from Paul regarding death. Paul was wondering what would happen if you are an expat living in the Philippines and you die. I mean, is it legal for a foreigner to be buried in the Philippines? Must your body be repatriated back to your home country? It is a good question, and one that I don’t recall being discussed in any online forums or blogs in the past. Certainly, it may have been talked about, I simply do not recall seeing it, though.
This is a topic that I have discussed with Feyma, and with some of my American family in the past. There was a time when my mother in the USA asked me what I would want to do if I were to die here. She expected that I would want to have my body shipped back “home” for burial. I think she was a bit surprised when I told her that as far as I was concerned, the Philippines was my home, and I would prefer to simply be cremated here in the Philippines and have my ashes spread in some appropriate place here.
What about you? Do you have plans for what will happen in case of your demise? Making a plan ahead of time will help ease the burden on your family, for sure. So, have you done it?
Listen to the podcast and hear what the legalities are of a foreigner being buried in the Philippines.
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