A funeral is used to mark the end of a person's life here on earth. Family and friends come together to express grief, give thanks for the life lived and commend the person into God's keeping. These can be a small, quiet ceremony or a large occasion in a packed church.
Very often, our clergy at Saint George's will be meeting with people whose loved ones have died in a foreign country, perhaps very suddenly, or after a long illness and who, as well as their grief, may be suffering the stress of dealing with a funeral system that feels strange to them and often in a language they do not understand. The Priest who is conducting your loved one's funeral will be able to help you with much of this and in addition Saint George's can recommend trusted Funeral Services who have many years of experience in Spain and to whom you will be able to speak in English.
With their help we have prepared a fact sheet for what to do when someone you know has died in Spain. If you are the spouse or close familymember of the deceased person, you may find it helpful to ask a friend to help you with this.