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Sending Cremated Remains to Poland

Polish flagLast week I worked with two adult daughters who want to send their mother’s cremated remains back to Poland.

There are two scenarios to consider. One is when taking the cremated remains personally and the second is if the cremated remains are going to be shipped to Poland.

In either scenario there are four documents that are provided through the Funeral Home:

  1.   Statement of Death Form 15
  2.   The Funeral Director’s Proof of Death Certificate
  3.   The Certificate of Cremation
  4.   Letter of Contents stating that these are the cremated remains of the person who died, where and when they died.

The other documents required are:

  • Provincial Death Certificate – long form 16.  The Polish Consulate requires 2 certified copies of this form.  My recommendation to families is to order 3 copies.  The fee is $52.00 per copy and takes between 8 – 10 weeks to receive Form 16 from the Province.
  • Polish passport if available.
  • The family also has to contact the President of the City where the cremated remains are to be buried and obtain official permission to bring the cremated remains into that city in Poland.  This letter of permission may be faxed to the Polish Consulate.

If the Cremated Remains are to be shipped to Poland, then the additional requirements are:

  • The Cremated remains must be place in a metal urn that can be X rayed via Airport Security.
  • The urn must be placed in a wooden outer container.
  • Name address and contact information for the consignee and the Cemetery in Poland.

Once the documents are complete and taken into the Polish Consulate, with the Consulate fee of approximately $130.00, the Consulate will process the documents in approximately 3 days.  The Consulate provides a Clearance Letter and puts a seal on the outside of the urn container.

For more information you can contact the Polish Consulate at 2603 Lakeshore Blvd. W. Toronto Ontario M8V 1G5 416-252-5471 or 1-800-268-6736 Fax: 416-252-0509

Have you had experience with this before? I’d love your feedback. Please leave a link back to your own blog too if you have one, via the commentluv feature here on the site.

Until next time,


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