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Funerals, handling of bodies

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A funeral can be organised, but it is important to bear in mind:

  • include only a small number of family and friends,
  • act sensibly.

Additionally, it is recommended to avoid indoor events, the funeral ceremony should be held at the graveyard.

Foreign nationals can submit an application for an Estonian visa due to exceptional circumstances to:

  • Estonian representations.
  • Border crossing points (justified, if it was not possible to apply for a visa at an embassy).

Last updated: 03.02.2021 14:54

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If the death has occurred due to the coronavirus, then the family members and the bereaved cannot touch the body. Both casket burial and cremation are allowed.

From infection control point of view, cremation is preferable, but it is not compulsory and depends on the wishes of the family.

Open casket burial is allowed provided the bereaved will not come into contact with the body. It is the responsibility of the funeral organiser to ensure the safety of the funeral.

It is necessary to avoid gathering indoors and, if possible, to hold a funeral ceremony directly in the graveyard.

The Health Board has issued a guideline for handling the bodies of the persons infected with COVID-19 or suspected of COVID-19 infection, for both hospitals and funeral homes. (guidelines for funeral homes).

The special measures concern the storage, cremation and preparation of a body for burial. Procedures requiring direct contact with the body should be minimised, if possible, and precautions should be taken, using special personal protective equipment.

Last updated: 28.01.2021 09:42

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A COVID-19 positive must stay in self-isolation for 10 days. Hopefully it is possible to keep the body of the close one in the cold chamber of the hospital or funeral home until the isolation period of the COVID-19 patient ends. Still, if problems occur, we recommend turning to the local municipality for help.

Last updated: 20.01.2021 15:49

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