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Anyone ever spread loved ones' ashes in Mexico?

Discussion in 'Mexico Timesharing' started by Carol C, Jan 3, 2019.

  1. Carol C

    Carol C TUG Lifetime Member

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    I know, it's a sad topic and maybe this forum isn't even the best place to ask this. But Mexico can be weird sometimes, and I'm wondering if getting the "red light" in customs could cause an urn full of "cremains" to be confiscated. That would be horrible...maybe not worth the risk. Maybe there's a law there governing this...but where to find out? I'm sure some scuba divers would want ashes scattered on fave dive sites, for example...so I can't be the first person to ever think of this. TIA for any advice. RIP mi esposo.
     
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    Here is some information that might help. It's from the website of the Consulate General of Mexico. It does say the information is for funeral homes, not sure if the same applies to an individual bringing the ashes. I also saw some suggestions to contact the Consulate and another to contact the airline you'll be using to see what their rules and regulations are.

    Information for funeral homes that will transport human remains to Mexico.


    Requirements to Transport Human Remains to Mexico:

    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] Death Certificate and its notarized translation into Spanish (This document must be accompanied by exemplification of death record)

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Burial Transportation Permit and its notarized translation into Spanish

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Embalmer's Certificate and its notarized translation into Spanish

    [​IMG]Please present one photocopy of each of the above mentioned documents.
    Keep in mind that all translations must be notarized.

    Consular certification of all the documents mentioned in this page is free of charge.


    Requirements to transport ashes to Mexico:

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Death Certificate and its notarized translation into Spanish

    [​IMG] [​IMG] Cremation Certificate and its notarized translation into Spanish

    [​IMG]Please present one photocopy of each of the above mentioned documents.
    Keep in mind that all translations must be notarized.
     
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    Carol, I see that Luanne researched this far more than I did. I don't think that the translation bit is too big an obstacle. Good wishes to you for carrying out the wishes of the departed.

    Jim
     
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    We buried my dh's aunt's ashes on the beach in Honolulu. My bil carried them from Virginia. I don't even know if he thought about putting them in his checked luggage, I think he felt safer having them in his carry on. I don't remember if he needed any special information, and of course this was to Hawaii, not out of the country. I guess my only thought it, how comfortable you would feel putting the ashes in your checked luggage.
     
  5. Carol C

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    Thanks everyone. Maybe the beach is the way to go...or I can just sprinkle after dark off a pier on SC coast (although the murky Atlantic still isn't appealing to me...but hey, it's the ocean!)
     
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    I actually tell my husband I would like my ashes in Hohenschwangau, Bavaria Germany'
     
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    I've left instructions for where I'd like my ashes to reside. It seams so much more meaningful than in some urn under the care of the living.
     
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    Carol, I believe you were the first TUGer I ever met at the Manhattan Club in maybe 2004/05?
    Those were the days of South African trades into MC!
    And your lovely husband was with you.
    So sorry for your loss. {{HUGS}}
     
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    Patti and I have talked about what to do with our ashes. Originallly I wanted my Urn added to my Dad's grave and she wanted her's placed with her Mom at Arlington. We have decided that that survivor will take a some on every trip and scatter them around the world.
     
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    Thankfully my son and husband would be able to just drive mine up to the lake that I love.
     
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    Carol, my condolences to you. It is because of Pat's message to you that I realized that you lost your husband.

    I have sent you a PM.
     
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    For those wishing to have their ashes spread in the US, be sure to check the laws in each state.

    We just made what we hope are long term plans for the two of us and learned that each state may handle it differently. For instance, in Nevada ashes can’t be spread legally. Because cremation actually leaves some bone fragments the authorities would consider the site a potential crime scene. I haven’t researched it, but I wondered if that goes back to the era when mobs ran the gaming industry here. On the other hand, I heard that the state of Washington doesn’t prohibit the spreading of ashes.

    We want to have our ashes spread in the ocean. I spoke with one company in Newport Beach, CA and they are required to go offshore at least 5 miles. I plan to look into what Hawaii allows as that may be our first choice. No matter the choice, we decided the surviving spouse would keep the remains and then when the survivor passes our kids will spread both of our ashes together. My DW liked that idea.

    As I mentioned earlier, hopefully we have many years remaining, but we are comfortable that we have a game plan and won’t leave it for our kids to figure out.

    Best regards.

    Mike
     
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    Pat, yes we met in NYC and stayed at MC the same week. And we crossed paths several times via TUG... with you of course being so very helpful getting me that piggybacked week at Ocho Cascadas. And hubby got to go for both weeks...one was scheduled vacay and the other he called in "sick" (and put his hand over the phone talking to the boss, so his place of employ wouldn't hear ocean waves or tropical breezes blowing while my hubby feigned coughing). Ah the things we do for love...and for travel! Pat, thanks for your condolences...it has been a long road for me since his Parkinsons and dementia diagnosis in 2009, then my breast cancer in 2010...and the last year or two have been the worse (he had hospice at the end). I am now at the two month point of his passing, and also a good friend in Myrtle Beach just died of blader cancer at 64, and I went to his memorial last Friday. Compounded grief is no fun! And so your condolenses, and Emmy's...and Joan checking in (I was almost going to the TUG gathering in Orlando)...and Beags too...alot of TUGgers go so far back. I appreciate the online "home" TUG has become...and I thank each of you who posted in this thread. As always, such good insights and advice from TUGgers, the smartest people I "know".
     
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    Carol, I'm so sorry to learn of all the challenges you've had to deal with the past many years, and my condolences on the loss of your husband.
     
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    Carol,
    My condolences to you for the loss of your husband and the struggles of recent years. I hope you will continue to travel and enjoy your life.
    My husband passed 2.5 years ago. My timeshare stays are very life-giving to me and others. I invite widow friends to spend some time with me during my 9 week stay in PV. Our snowbird flock at Club Regina is always friendly and welcoming. I have gotten involved as a volunteer helping in a couple projects that fill my heart with joy.

    You will find your way as you mourn your loss. Life is changed, not taken away. Our loved ones are only a breath away!
    God bless you as you traverse your journey of grief!
    Hugs,
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    QUOTE="Carol C, post: 2244173, member: 473"]Pat, yes we met in NYC and stayed at MC the same week. And we crossed paths several times via TUG... with you of course being so very helpful getting me that piggybacked week at Ocho Cascadas. And hubby got to go for both weeks...one was scheduled vacay and the other he called in "sick" (and put his hand over the phone talking to the boss, so his place of employ wouldn't hear ocean waves or tropical breezes blowing while my hubby feigned coughing). Ah the things we do for love...and for travel! Pat, thanks for your condolences...it has been a long road for me since his Parkinsons and dementia diagnosis in 2009, then my breast cancer in 2010...and the last year or two have been the worse (he had hospice at the end). I am now at the two month point of his passing, and also a good friend in Myrtle Beach just died of blader cancer at 64, and I went to his memorial last Friday. Compounded grief is no fun! And so your condolenses, and Emmy's...and Joan checking in (I was almost going to the TUG gathering in Orlando)...and Beags too...alot of TUGgers go so far back. I appreciate the online "home" TUG has become...and I thank each of you who posted in this thread. As always, such good insights and advice from TUGgers, the smartest people I "know".[/QUOTE]
     

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