Over the weekend a friend contacted me to let me know that his wife’s memorial visiting and service was this week. I was in shock. I hadn’t seen them in a year or so and I couldn’t believe it when he told me she died while on holiday in Italy. On top of the shock, he relayed part of the logistical, financial and nightmare dealing with the authorities in Italy. Here is his story. How would you deal with your loved one dying away from home?
This gentleman’s wife died in their rental car while travelling along the Amalfi coastline. He returned to the hotel and the authorities were called. Not speaking Italian himself, it is an understatement to say that the 4 hour long interrogation was awful. Eventually he signed papers having no idea what they were about. One of the papers authorized the use of a casket for his wife in the morgue. This was likely unnecessary as she wanted to be cremated.
As she died suddenly, an autopsy was done and he has the medical report and death certificate, but they are in Italian. I am not sure he will be able to work with these documents to close her estate in Canada without them being translated and notarized as an accurate translation.
Furthermore, his wife was the primary account and card holder on the cards they were travelling with. When he informed them that she died, his access to these funds was terminated. He had to scramble to many ATMs to access cash.
Finally after 6 days, he was able to have his wife cremated and eventually returned to Canada with her cremated remains.
Is there a solution? Absolutely! The Travel Repatriation product is the answer for death away from home, for any ‘what if‘ scenario you ask about. The only criterion is that your legal residence be in North America.
Imagine how much easier it would have been for my friend to have this assistance, guidance, translation and payment of all that was required simply, after one initial phone call.
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Until next time,