days after the death. Alternatively, one’s ashes can be couriered back to one’s home country. Pegasos can arrange for this.
A Word of Warning about Body Repatriation
If you decide that you would like to have your body repatriated to your home country (rather than being cremated in Switzerland and having your ashes sprinkled in Swiss nature), then there are a few other considerations you should be aware of.
If you live in a country where assisted suicide is illegal (and you were present in Switzerland when your family member/ friend died), then the police in your home country may open an investigation into your role in your loved one’s death.
While this may sound unlikely, it has been known to happen; especially in the UK. If you are at all worried about implicating your family/ friends in your VAD, it may be better to be cremated in Switzerland. This way, all that will be received by your nominated ‘contact person’ in your home country are two letters by mail.
The first document is the death certificate which Pegasos will send by mail. The death certificate is an international document and is issued in English. The second letter is from the Canton of Basel Land. This letter is called an ‘order to dismiss’ and confirms that no crime was committed. This second letter is a formality and has no other purpose other than to show that the death was lawful under Swiss law (quite an important point if you think about it).