It’s not uncommon for people to die while away from home. Getting the deceased back home can be a difficult and expensive task. Here are 10 things to know about how shipping a dead body works. If you’d like to know more about transporting a dead body or human remains,  check out our deceased transportation page . If you’d like to learn more about funerals and how to plan them, we can help. Visit our page on how to  create a funeral plan .

    1. You can’t arrange air transportation for a dead body on your own.

    Most airlines will transport dead bodies but you’ll have to work with a funeral director or a specialized transport company. The shipper must be designated as a “known shipper” by the TSA. Many funeral homes are approved as known shippers.

    2. The body will be transported in the cargo hold.

    The “known shipper” will place the deceased in a specialized container and the body will be placed in the cargo hold of the airplane. The funeral director on the other end will take care of getting the container to the destination funeral home.

    3. You might need the services of two funeral providers.

    If the distance is too far to drive, and you will fly or use the train, you will probably need the services of a “known shipper” on the front end and a funeral director at the destination.

    4. Shipping a dead body can be expensive.

    The exact cost of shipping a dead body will depend on the distance, weight, and method of transportation. In addition to the cost of the travel, you’ll have to purchase a container as well as other services. The cost can range from $1,500 to as much as $15,000 for an international shipment.

    5. The cheapest way to move a dead body is to drive it.

    Actual price is determined by weight and miles. Funeral homes typically charge by the mile for distances that exceed 25 miles. If you want to move the body yourself be sure to check on the regulations in the state you are moving the body in. A funeral home can help answer any questions you might have.

    6. You can buy a plan that will ship your body home if you die while traveling.

    Travel plans cover the cost if a person dies while away from home. At less than $500, these plans can be a great option for people who travel often for business or pleasure. Visit our Travel Protection Plans page to learn more.

    7. Shipping a body by train can be cost-effective.

    If you need to get the body from points that have train service at both ends, this can be a good option. You’ll probably need the services of a funeral director at both the beginning and end of the trip though. Amtrak, for example, requires a funeral director at both the beginning and end of the journey.

    8. Some states require that a body is embalmed or refrigerated if it will enter their state.

    If you will cross state lines, be aware that different states have different requirements. For example, some states require that the body is embalmed or refrigerated while others do not.

    9. Shipping a body internationally can be very tricky.

    Regulations between countries vary widely. Start with a “known shipper” such as a funeral home or funeral director. They should be familiar with the requirements. You can also check with the embassy or consulate in the country the deceased was visiting.

    10. Shipping cremated remains is less complicated than shipping a dead body.

    There are rules and regulations for transporting cremated remains , but the paperwork and details are much less extensive than for moving a dead body. If you fly, you may need a special urn but you can also use the U.S. Postal Service.

     When someone dies there are many details to take care of. We always recommend planning in advance for when the time comes. Taking advantage of our funeral planner can give you the peace of mind of knowing that your end-of-life wishes are handled the way you want them to be handled. Should death take place away from home, transportation can be expensive and complicated. We recommend investing in a Travel Protection Plan to help make your travel worry-free.

    Can you bring a body home before funeral?
    You can keep the body at home until the funeral if you like. In some situations, a funeral director might recommend they embalm the body if it is going to be at home for longer than a few days. more
    Can you bring Cuban money home?
    Yes it is illegal but probability of detection/confiscation is close to zero. Most of us who travel there regularly take home enough to avoid need to withdraw money on arrival. more
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    Many prepared foods that are unopened and commercially labeled are admissible (excluding meats and meat products). You may bring bakery items and most cheeses into the United States. As a general rule, condiments, vinegars, oils, packaged spices, honey, maple syrup, coffee, fish, tea, and baby formula are admissible. more
    How much do doctors actually bring home?
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    Whether you spend less time with family, never have the time to exercise or simply don't get the downtime you need to re-energize, working constantly can have negative consequences. Bringing work home with you frequently can keep your stress levels high, causing you to burnout faster. more
    Can soldiers bring home weapons?
    Shipping weapons as personal property is an offense punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, he said. War trophies, defined as enemy weapons, ammunition, explosives or items of equipment, are non-mailable. more
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    The 6 Most Valuable Home Improvements
    • Upscale garage door replacement.
    • Manufactured stone veneer on exterior.
    • Wood deck addition.
    • The kitchen (within reason)
    • Siding and vinyl window replacements.
    • Bathroom remodel.
    What things bring positive energy in home?
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    What can I bring home from Israel?
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    • Olive Oil Souvenirs From Israel.
    • Judaica Souvenirs.
    • Diamonds From Israel.
    • Uniquely Designed Jewelry.
    • Olivewood Carvings.
    • Israeli Dates.
    • Israeli Ceramics.
    What can I bring home from Cuba?
    The Best Souvenirs from Cuba for Americans to Bring Home
    • Cuban Cigars– the Ultimate Souvenir. Official Cuban Cigars from Government Run Stores.
    • Cuban Cigar Humidor.
    • Cuban Rum.
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    • Made in Cuba Perfume: Habana 1791.
    • Cuban Art.
    • Cuban Chocolate (Maybe)
    • Cuban Straw Hat.
    What should I bring home from Cancun?
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    • Molinillo Souvenir.
    • Handmade Mexican Hammock Souvenir.
    • Mexican Prescription Drugs Souvenirs.
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    • Lucha Libre Masks.
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