Death of a U.S. Citizen

The Bureau of Consular Affairs will locate and inform the next-of-kin of the U.S. citizen’s death and provides information on how to make arrangements for local burial or return of the remains to the United States. The disposition of remains is subject to U.S. law, local laws of the country where the individual died, U.S. and foreign customs requirements, and the foreign country facilities, which are often vastly different from those in the United States.

The Bureau of Consular Affairs assists the next-of-kin to convey instructions to the appropriate offices within the foreign country, and provides information to the family on how to transmit the necessary private funds to cover the costs overseas. The Department of State has no funds to assist in the return of remains or ashes of U.S. citizens who die abroad. Upon issuance of a local death certificate, the nearest embassy or consulate may prepare a Consular Report of the Death of an American Abroad. Copies of that report are provided to the next-of-kin or legal representative and may be used in U.S. courts to settle estate matters.

A U.S. consular officer overseas has statutory responsibility for the personal estate of a U.S. citizen who dies abroad if the deceased has no legal representative or next-of-kin in the country where the death occurred, subject to local law.  In that situation the consular officer takes possession of personal effects, such as jewelry, personal documents and papers, and clothing.

The officer prepares an inventory of the personal effects and then carries out instructions from the legal representative or next-of-kin concerning the effects.  For more information on the Consular Report of the Death of an American Abroad, and other services that a consular officer can help you with when a loved one passes away overseas, see the links below.

Additional Resources

NOTE:  The American Embassy assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the persons or firms whose names appear on the list attached.  There are many mortuary facilities in The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands; this list includes only those who wish to have their names appear.  The names are arranged alphabetically and the order in which they appear has no significance.

THE BAHAMAS

Nassau Funeral Homes

Bethel Brothers Funeral Home

Mr. Sidney Sawyer, Funeral Director
pauletterahming@hotmail.com
Nassau Street, P.O. Box N-1026, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 326-7030 or (242) 322-4433 or (242) 422-1033 (cell)
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Butler’s Funeral Home & Cremation

Ms. Valarie Osbourne- Funeral Director
Ms. Clarice Butler – Funeral Director
butlersfuneralhomes@gmail.com
York & Ernest St, P.O. Box N-712, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 393-2822 / Fax: (242) 393-2909
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Cedar Crest Funeral Home

Mr. Audley Fraser, Funeral Director
cedarcrestfuneralhome@hotmail.com
Robinson Road, P.O. Box N-603, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 328-1944 or (242) 393-1352
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Clarke’s Funeral Home

Mr. Kenneth Clarke, Funeral Director
kennethclarkesfuneral1@hotmail.com
Tonique Williams Darling Highway
P. O. Box EE 16634, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: 242 361 8612 or (242( 361 2569; Fax: (242) 361 1859 (242) 477 2034 (cell)
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Commonwealth Funeral Home

Mr. Matthew Sweeting, Funeral Director
commonwealthfuneral@yahoo.com
East West Highway, P. O. Box N 433, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 357-9873 (cell)
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

East Sunrise Mortuary

Mr. Pedro N. Ferguson, Funeral Director
eastsunrise@batelnet.bs
Blue Hill Road, P.O. Box CB-12248, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 323-3278 or (242) 357-9151
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Evergreen Mortuary

Denalee Penn-Mackey, Funeral Director
evergreenmortuary@gmail.com P.O. Box N-4404 Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone:(242)356-7008 or (242) 601-1587
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Ferguson Funeral Directors

Mr. Kirsch Ferguson, Funeral Director
fergusonfuneraldirectors@hotmail.com

7th Terrace Collins Avenue, P.O. Box GT-2679, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 356-2187 (Daytime) or (242) 429-9373 (Night)
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Restview Memorial Mortuary & Crematorium LTD

Kendal Higgins, Funeral Director
restviewnassau@gmail.com Robinson and Soldier Roads CB- 12072 Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone:(242) 394-8047 or (242) 394-8043
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Rock of Ages Funeral Chapel

Mrs. Dorcas Cox, Funeral Director
rockofagesbahamas@gmail.com
Wulff Road, P.P. Box N-4538, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone:(242) 322-1431 or (242) 323-3800 or (242) 356-0794 or (242) 477-3928
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Vaugh O. Jones Memorial

Mr. Vaughn Jones, Funeral Director
vaughnojonesmemorial@gmail.com
P.O. Box EE-17228, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 676-2386 or (242) 434-9220
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Freeport Funeral Homes

Restview Memorial Services Limited

Keith A. McSweeney, Funeral Director
restviewfpo@hotmail.com 11A East Coral Road  P.O. Box F-42312 Freeport, Bahamas
Telephone:(242) 373-1115
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

Yager Funeral Home & Crematorium

Mr. Audley Fraser, Funeral Director
Mr. Jamal McSweeney, Funeral Director
jamal3060@hotmail.com
Queen’s Hwy, P.O. Box F-40288, Freeport, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 352-8118
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local Bahamas death certificate from the Bahamas Registrar General which is $10.

TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS (TCI)

Providenciales Funeral Homes

Corey’s Funeral Chapel

Mr. Stalvert Outten, Funeral Director
voutten1@hotmail.com
P.O. Box 520, Leeward Hwy, Provodenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Telephone: (649) 231-1915 or (649) 941-4114
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local TCI death certificate from the TCO Registrar General which is $21.

R & S Funeral Services

Ricardo Missick, Funeral Director
randsfuneralservices@hotmail.com http://www.randsfuneralservices.com/
P.O. Box 193 Leeward Palms, Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands
Telephone: (649) 431-7513 or (649) 231-3648
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local TCI death certificate from the TCO Registrar General which is $21.

A & S FUNERAL HOME & SERVICES

Mrs. Adelphine Higgs-Pitter, Funeral Director
Adelphine.pitter@gmail.com;
Leeward Palm, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Telephone: (649) 232 1244
Please contact the mortuary for complete costs to also include the cost of a local TCI death certificate from the TCO Registrar General which is $21.