Death is a terrifying thing and loss of a beloved one is of great pain. It is so horrifying that we try our best not to think or talk about it. To make things worse, what ensues seems to aggravate the sufferings. But when it happens, there is no escape but to face it bravely.
When somebody passes away, the death is registered with the local government usually within days, andthen the government issues the death certificate that may come in copies. The certified death certificate is for the immediate family to handle everything from transferring the property and wealth of the deceased to applying for a burial or cremation service. Copies are informational and can be obtained at request. The death certificate contains vital information about the deceased, usually including the following- full name, date, time and place of death, the cause of death, address, date and place of birth, mother’s and father’s names and etc.
If you want to present the death certificate in another country, then it needs to be authenticated and legalized. First you submit the original certificate to be authenticated by the concerned party in your home country, following that you send it to the embassy or consular of the country to which the document is destined. This final process is called “legalization” and could take up to weeks.