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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: 28.04.2020 18:39

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It is up to the funeral organisers whether they prefer cremation and urn burial or not to have the body cremated and to choose the casket burial.

Last updated: 31.03.2020 15:28

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The government has not banned holding wakes, but, at the same time, caution should be taken when organising any events considering the current situation.
No limits to the number of participants has been established but the government hopes that people will be acting responsibly and using common sense, keeping the number of participants reasonable and comply with general hygiene requirements. Coronavirus spreads very easily, therefore all physical contacts should be avoided.

Last updated: 01.05.2020 14:32

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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 the point of view of the infection control, 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 in hospitals. Special measures concern the storage, cremation and preparation of the 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. The Health Board has prepared appropriate [instructions] for hospitals. (https://www.terviseamet.ee/sites/default/files/Nakkushaigused/Juhendid/COVID-19/surnukeha_kasitlemise_pohimotted_haiglatele-27.03.2020_.pdf).

Last updated: 04.05.2020 16:31

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