Death of a U.S. Citizen

The Special Consular Services Unit (SCS) of the U.S. Citizen Services Section can assist family and friends in the event of the death of a U.S. citizen in Mexico. The SCS Unit can act as liaison in arranging the disposition of remains. The family or legal representative must pay all funeral home charges, shipping costs for the remains and personal effects (if applicable). We will work with any funeral home selected by the family to ensure proper documentation for shipment of remains to the United States. We maintain a list of funeral homes that are familiar with international shipping requirements.

Even if no assistance is needed in making funeral arrangements, the death of a U.S. citizen should be reported to the Embassy or Consulate so that a Report of Death of a U.S. citizen abroad can be issued. This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States.

The Department of State has no funds to assist in the return of remains or ashes of U.S. citizens who die abroad. The diplomatic staff is unable to act as agents for U.S. citizens making funeral arrangements. We can help locate and notify the next-of-kin of their loved one’s passing. The next-of-kin or legal representative is responsible for all costs of the funeral home, and/or shipment of remains or personal effects.  It is also the responsibility of the family to carry out the funeral arrangements with assistance from the contracted funeral home.  Please be aware that Mexican authorities will often request identification documents for both the next-of-kin and the decedent, such as passports, birth certificates, or marriage certificates.

Upon issuance of a local (foreign) death certificate, the U.S. Embassy or consulates may prepare a Consular Report of the Death of a U.S. Citizen 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. To prepare this document, consular staff will need original evidence of U.S. citizenship and identity of the decedent and the original Mexican death certificate. We can issue up to 20 copies of the Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen at no cost.

Additional copies can be obtained by contacting the Department of State Passport Vital Records Section . For more information go to: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/while-abroad/death-abroad1/copy-CRDA.html

Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad

When a U.S. citizen dies abroad and the death is reported to the U.S. embassy or consulate, Consular Officers:

  • Confirm the death, identity, and U.S. citizenship of the deceased.
  • Attempt to locate and notify the next-of-kin.
  • Coordinate with the legal representative regarding the disposition of the remains and the personal effects of the deceased
  • Prepare documents for the disposition of the remains in accordance with instructions from the next-of-kin or legal representative.
  • Send signed copies of the Consular Report of Death of an U.S. Citizen Abroad to the next-of-kin or legal representative for possible use in settling estate matters in the United States.

Return of Remains of Deceased U.S. Citizens

When a U.S. citizen dies abroad, U.S. consular officers assist families in making arrangements with local authorities for preparation and disposition of the remains. Options available to a family depend upon local law and practice in the foreign country. U.S. and foreign law require some documents before remains can be sent from one country to another: Consular mortuary certificate, affidavit of local funeral director, and transit permit.  Additional documents may be required depending on the circumstances of the death. The consular officer will ensure that all required documents accompany the remains to the United States.

  • Consular Mortuary Certificate: The consular officer prepares the consular mortuary certificate, which ensures orderly shipment of remains and facilitates U.S. Customs clearance. The certificate is in English and confirms essential information concerning the cause of death.

Additional Resources

If death occurs overseas, you may reach the U.S. Embassy or consulates in your consular district. To learn about the consulate that can assist you, please visit our Mission Mexico’s Consular District. 

Contact information

For further information about how to obtain a Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad,  please contact the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City by sending an email to  acsmexicocity@state.gov or by phone: Tel: 01-800-681-9374 (from Mexico) or 1-844-528-6611 (from the United States)

If you need to apply for a Consular Mortuary Certificate or for a Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad, you can come to our promises from Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Except on Mexican or U.S holidays. NO appointment required.

Funeral Homes in Mexico City Consular District (PDF, 564Kb)

The U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez can assist family and friends in the event of the death of an American Citizen in Ciudad Juarez. It is critical that families contract a funeral home to help them carry out their funeral arrangements.  The Consulate maintains a list of funeral homes in our district of companies that have been recommended by families of American citizens who have used their services.

Even though this might be a difficult time for you and your loved ones, we recommend that before making the decision upon which service to engage, gather information from the following establishments so as to compare the services provided as well as their prices. Costs for all options will vary depending on where the remains must be transported and the quality of casket/urn desired. The varying exchange rate of the U.S. Dollar and the Mexican Peso will also affect these costs. Please note that all costs listed here are subject to change.

The death of a U.S. citizen should be reported to the Embassy or Consulate so that a Report of Death of a U.S. citizen abroad can be issued. This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States. Please contact the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua (from Mexico 656-227-3411; from the United States 011-52-656-227-3411).

Capillas Renacimiento

Address: Insurgentes #1789, Col. Ex hipódromo, C.P. 32030, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-632-0553, 656-207-6853, 656-681-0973. Contact: Mario A. Favela

Basic service (includes body pick up, embalming, documentation and local transport): $4,000.00 pesos (with wood coffin), $6,500.00 pesos (with metallic coffin). Simple cremation service (includes pick-up, documentation and cremation): $6,500.00 pesos Cremation with funeral service: $8,800.00 pesos

Transport to El Paso, TX: $1,850.00 pesos. Transport to any other place in the U.S.: $2.00 U.S. dlls per mile

Funerales Acosta

Address: Ave. de la Raza #3124, Col. Silvias, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.
phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-616-8037, 656-612-1760, 656-615-6890 Contact: Daniel Acosta

An immediate complete, burial or cremation service including embalming, funeral service, coffin (ITECSA brand) and burial or urn and cremation to take place locally can cost approximately $12,500.00 pesos + taxes (IVA), and $22,000.00 pesos for the same service with an American brand coffin.

A repatriation service to El Paso, TX has a cost of $550.00 U.S. dollars and it includes embalming, documentation and transport but not coffin. The price for transporting a body to any other place in the U.S. can vary according to the destination but the cover box for air freight costs $85.00 U.S. dollars. They can work with several U.S. based funeral homes.

Funeraria del Carmen

Address: 16 de Septiembre #2469, Col. Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, C.P. 32140, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-614-1402. Contact: Roberto Arriaga

Burial (includes embalming, funeral service and coffin):  $5,000.00 pesos. Cremation (does not include urn):  $9,000.00 pesos

Transport to El Paso, TX (includes embalming, documentation and transport):  $300.00 U.S. dlls. Transport to any other place in the U.S.:   $1.00 U.S. dll/mil Embalming:  $4,000.00 pesos. Coffins (price range):   $1,000.00 pesos to $3,000.00 U.S. dlls. Urns:  $600.00 pesos to $300.00 U.S. dlls

Capilla Memorial

Address: Ave. Tecnológico #6187, Fracc. Granjero, C.P. 62690, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-170-3137. Contact: Roberto Arriaga

Burial (includes embalming, funeral service and coffin):  $5,000.00 pesos. Cremation (does not include urn): $9,000.00 pesos

Transport to El Paso, TX (includes embalming, documentation and transport): $300.00 U.S. dlls. Transport to any other place in the U.S.:  $1.00 U.S. dll/mile

Embalming: $4,000.00 pesos. Coffins (price range): $1,000.00 pesos to $3,000.00 U.S. dlls. Urns:  $600.00 pesos to $300.00 U.S. dlls

Funeraria El Salvador

Address: Paseo Triunfo de la Republica #2404, Partido Escobedo, C.P. 32330, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-207-6811, 656-207-6812. Contact: Gustavo Castro

Prices may vary depending on the type of service requested and the quality or coffin/urn desired, but an immediate complete service to take place locally can cost approximately $16,500.00 pesos + taxes (IVA) and a repatriation service to any part of the U.S. except El Paso, TX, has a cost of $1,500.00 U.S. dollars. The services offered include transportation of the body, embalming, funeral service, coffin and burial or urn and cremation.

Funeraria La Paz

Several locations in Ciudad Juarez. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-612-4050, 656-610-5027, 656-612-3016. Contact: Francisco Olivas.

Operating with embalmer, cremation/burial/shipment can be arranged. Please call for pricing and services offered.

Latino Americana Recinto Funeral

Address: Triunfo de la República #5210, Col. Partido Diaz, C.P. 32416, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-611-7435, 656-616-9542, 656-639-0121. Contact: Erendira Linares.

Operating with embalmer, cremation/burial/shipment can be arranged. Please call for pricing and services offered.

Mausoleos Luz Eterna

Adress: Gomez Morín #9464, Partido Romero, C.P. 32350, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua.Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-687-7000. Contact: Lidia Ruiz

Prices may vary depending on the type of service requested and the quality or coffin/urn desired, but an immediate complete service to take place locally can cost approximately $28,000.00 pesos + taxes (IVA). The services offered include transportation of the body, embalming, funeral service, coffin and burial or urn and cremation, Catholic mass (if requested). For repatriation to the U.S. the prices can vary according to the destination.

Perches

Address: Ave. Lopez Mateos & Vicente Guerrero, Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-656-613-2131, 656-612-1812. Contact: Gustavo Castro

Prices may vary depending on the type of service requested and the quality or coffin/urn desired, but an immediate complete service to take place locally can cost approximately $33,000.00 pesos + taxes (IVA) and a repatriation service to any part of the U.S. except El Paso, TX, has a cost of $1,500.00 U.S. dollars. The services offered include transportation of the body, embalming, funeral service, coffin and burial or urn and cremation.

CHIHUAHUA

Funeraria Cruz

Address: Ave. Zarco #4415, Col. Zarco, Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-614-418-4374, 614-411-5910 Contact: Cesar Cruz

The following prices are listed in pesos, services are offered in Creel, Barrancas del Cobre, Cascada de Basaseachi, Bachiniva, Carichi, Gran Morelos, Guerrero, Madera, Rivas Palacio, San Francisco de Borja and Chihuahua City.

Basic embalming service: $3,800.00 pesos. Simple cremation service (includes pick-up, documentation, urn and cremation): $8,000.00 pesos. Cremation with funeral service: $18,500.00 pesos

Transport to El Paso, TX: $9,800.00 pesos. Documentation and check-in in El Paso Airport for transporting a body to destination in the U.S.: $2,900.00 pesos

Coffin cover box for air freight: $1,200.00 pesos. Coffins (price range): $5,000.00 to $50,000.00 pesos

Funeraria La Paz

Address:Ave. Juarez #4700, Col. Arquitectos, C.P. 31350, Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-614-410-1818. Contact: Epifanio Miranda Burrola

Basic embalming service (depending on the condition of the remains): $2,000.00 pesos. Burial (includes embalming, documentation, 24 hour funeral service and coffin): $4,500.00 pesos

Simple cremation service (includes pick-up, documentation and cremation): $5,200.00 pesos. Cremation with funeral service: $8,500.00 pesos.

Transport to El Paso, TX (includes embalming, documentation and transport): $6,800.00 pesos. Transport to any other place in the U.S. (includes embalming, documentation, metallic coffin and transport to El Paso, TX Airport): $18,500.00 pesos.

Coffins (price range): $2,800.00 to $25,000.00 pesos. Urns (price range): Basic urn free with service to $5,000.00 pesos

Mausoleos Luz Eterna

Address: Av. de la Cantera #2603, Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-614-180-0600. Contact: Sandra Rubio

Prices may vary depending on the type of service requested and the quality or coffin/urn desired, but an immediate complete service to take place locally can cost approximately $28,000.00 pesos + taxes (IVA).

The services offered include transportation of the body, embalming, funeral service, coffin, urn, burial, cremation, Catholic mass and repatriation to the U.S.

Perches

Address: Calle 29 #505, C.P. 31000, Chihuahua, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-614-410-3386 Contact: Rosa Lopez

Operating with embalmer, cremation/burial/shipment can be arranged. Please call for pricing and services offered.

CUAUHTEMOC

Funerales Miranda

Address: Calle 18ª y Galeana #1265, Col. Centro, C.P. 61500, Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-625-128-0913. Contact: Alejandra Rodriguez, Brenda Molina.

Operating with embalmer, cremation/burial/shipment can be arranged. Please call for pricing and services offered.

Funerales Modelo

Address: Aldama 662, Col. Centro, C.P. 31500, Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua.
Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-625-582-0450, 625-681-5450
Contact: Armando Maldonado.

The following prices are listed in pesos, services are offered in Creel, Barrancas del Cobre, Cascada de Basaseachi, Bachiniva, Carichi, Gran Morelos, Guerrero, Madera, Rivas Palacio, San Francisco de Borja and Chihuahua City.

Basic embalming service: $3,800.00 pesos. Simple cremation service (includes pick-up, documentation, urn and cremation): $8,000.00 pesos. Cremation with funeral service: $18,500.00 pesos.

Transport to El Paso, TX: $9,800.00 pesos. Documentation and check-in in El Paso Airport for transporting a body to destination in the U.S.: $2,900.00 pesos

Coffin cover box for air freight: $1,200.00 pesos. Coffins (price range): $5,000.00 to $50,000.00 pesos.

DELICIAS

Funeraria Rodriguez

Address: Calle 3ª Norte #109, Col. Centro, C.P. 33000, Delicias, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-639-472-0026. Contact: Rodrigo Rodriguez

Operating with embalmer, cremation/burial/shipment can be arranged. Please call for pricing and services offered.

Velatorios San Jose

Address: Calle 4ª Norte #201, Col. Centro, C.P. 33000, Delicias, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-639-472-1155, 639-472-8680. Contact: Maria Antonia Lorta de Orta.

Basic embalming service: $2,500.00 pesos. Basic funeral service (includes body pick up, embalming, documentation, wood coffin and local transport): $9,500.00 pesos. Simple cremation service (includes pick-up, documentation, wood urn and cremation): $9,500.00 pesos. Cremation with funeral service: $18,500.00 pesos.

Transport to El Paso, TX (does not include embalming): $7,000.00 pesos. Transport to any other place in the U.S.: $7,000.00 pesos + cost of flight from El Paso, TX.

Coffins (price range): $3,800.00 to $35,000.00 pesos. Urns: $2,000.00 to $5,500.00 pesos.

GUERRERO

Funeraria Quo Vadis

Address: Calle Allende #409, Col. Centro, C.P. 31680, Guerrero, Chihuahua.
Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-635-586-0010, 635-586-0124
Contact: Luis Saenz

Operating with embalmer, cremation/burial/shipment can be arranged. Please call for pricing and services offered.

CASAS GRANDES

Funerales La Paz

Address: Calle 2 de Abril #403, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua.
Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-636-694-2745, 636-694-0767
Contact: Jaime Andazola

Embalming (body preparation): $1,500.00 pesos. Embalming, coffin: $5,500.00 pesos. Embalming, transport to Cd. Juarez or El Paso, TX: $3,300.00 pesos. Embalming, coffin, transport to Cd. Juarez or El Paso, TX: $8,800.00 pesos

Funerales Santa Fe

Address: Aquiles Serdan 1409, Col. Centro, C.P. 31700, Nuevo Casas Grandes, Chihuahua. Phone number from the U.S.: 011-52-636-694-1431, 636-694-4068. Contact: Gilberto Flores Hernandez.

Embalming (body preparation): $1,200.00 pesos. Embalming, coffin, burial site and obituary: $9,500.00 pesos. Embalming, transport to Cd. Juarez: $8,600.00 pesos. Embalming, coffin, transport to Cd. Juarez: $9,500.00 pesos. Cremation: $4,000.00 pesos. Urn: $400.00 to $6,000.00 pesos

 

Disposition of Remains Report: Hermosillo

March 7, 2018

Part I. Name of Country: Mexico

Part II. U.S. Consulate Information

U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo
American Citizens Services
Calle Monterrey 141 Pte. Colonia Esqueda, C.P. 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
Phone:
From Mexico          01-800-681-9374
From US                 (844) 528-6611
Fax:                        011-52-662-217-2571

After Hours Phone:
From Mexico          01-800-681-9374
From US                 844-528-6611

Part III. Profile of Religions of the Host Country and Religious Services available to visitors

Roman Catholicism is the main religion in Mexico. Protestants and Evangelicals are the second largest religious group. As a minority there are some presences of Mormon, Jehovah witness, Budism, Metodist.

Part IV. Funeral Directors, Mortician and Related Services Available in the Host Country:

DISCLAIMER: The U.S. Consulate General Hermosillo, Mexico, assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the following persons or firms. Names are listed alphabetically, and the order in which they appear has no other significance. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the funeral directors, morticians and other service providers

Hermosillo, SONORA

Funeraria San Martín

Blvd. Luis Encinas #1 Pte.

Esq. Calle Benito Juarez

Colonia Centro

C.P. 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-662-212-0500

Email: recepcionfuneraria@funerariasanmartin.com.mx

Website: www.funerariasanmartin.com.mx

Cremations/Shipment of remains can be arranged.

 

Funeraria León

Nayarit No. 72 Esq. Americas

Colonia San Benito

C.P. 83190 Hermosillo, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-662-214-2320

Email: contacto@funerarialeon.com

Website: www.funerarialeon.com

Cremations/Shipment of remains can be arranged.

 

Funeraria y Crematorio San Francisco

Avenida Nuevo Leon No. 84

Esq. Heriberto Aja

Colonia Centro

C.P. 83000 Hermosillo, Sonora

Website: www.sanfranciscofyc.com

Cremations/Shipment of remains can be arranged.

 

Funeraria San Gabriel

Periferico Norte #615

Colonia Las Flores

Hermosillo, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-662-267-0108 / 662-113-1266 / 662-155-8056

Email: tonicho_007@hotmail.com

 

 

Bahia de Kino, SONORA

 

Funeraria San Gabriel

Blvd. Emiliano Zapata y Guadalupe Victoria

Colonia Centro

Poblado Miguel Aleman

Phone: 662-113-1266 / 662-155-8056

Email: tonicho_007@hotmail.com

 

Guaymas, SONORA

 

Funeraria y Crematorio San Martín

Calle 13 Avenida 7 Esq.

Colonia Centro

C.P. 85400 Guaymas, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-622-222-8400

Cremation/shipment of remains can be arranged as well of transfer of remains to the U.S. Border with Arizona and California can be arranged.

 

Funeraria Getsemani

Calle 25 Avenida 19 Esq.

Colonia Centro

C.P. 85400 Guaymas, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-622-222-7610

Cremation/shipment of remains can be arranged as well of transfer of remains to the U.S. Border with Arizona and California can be arranged.

 

Grupo Funerario Gilhaam

Blvd. Luis Encinas

Carretera a Miramar

Colonia Miramar

C.P. 85450 Guaymas, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-622-221-1240

Cremation/shipment of remains can be arranged as well of transfer of remains to the U.S. Border with Arizona and California can be arranged.

 

Ciudad Obregon, SONORA

 

Mission Capillas y Jardín Funeral

Calle Hidalgo Poniente S/N

Colonia Centro

C.P. 85000 Ciudad Obregon, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-644-414-0860

Cellular: 01-521-644-407-5009

http://www.grupopreveo.com.mx/galmission.html

Cremation/shipment of remains can be arranged as well of transfer of remains to the U.S. Border with Arizona and California can be arranged.

 

Funeraria San Martín

Blvd. Rodolfo Elias Calles No. 320

Colonia Centro

C.P. 85000 Ciudad Obregon, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-662-212-0500

http://funerariasanmartin.com.mx/

Cremations/Shipment of remains can be arranged.

 

Navojoa, SONORA

 

Crematorio y Funeraria Capillas de Lourdes

Blvd. Cuauhtémoc y Vías del Mayo #101 Sur

Colonia Juarez

C.P. 85870 Navojoa, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-642-422-6446

 

Funeraria San Juan

Calle Gral. Ignacio Pesqueira #412 Sur

Colonia Centro

C.P. 85800 Navojoa, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-642-221-1001

 

Hernandez Inhumaciones

Calle Gral. Otero #520 Norte

Colonia Reforma

C.P. 85830 Navojoa, Sonora

Phone: 011-52-642-422-2024

 

Alamos, SONORA

 

Hernandez Inhumaciones

Calle Francisco I. Madero #63 entre Hermenegildo Galeana y Sonora

Colonia Centro

C.P. 85760 Alamos Sonora

Phone: 011-52-642-428-1633

 

Los Mochis, SINALOA

 

Funeraria San Martín

Blvd. Rosendo G. Castro #495 Pte.

Esq. Belisario Domínguez

Colonia Centro

C.P. 81200 Los Mochis, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-668-817-55-87

Email: gerentemochis@funeraria.sanmartin.com.mx

Website: www.sanmartin.com.mx

 

 

Moreh  Inhumaciones

Av. Independencia 1319

Col. Grijalva

C.P. 81245 Los Mochis, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-668-817-4444

Email: info@more.mx

Website: www.moreh.com.mx

 

Guasave, SINALOA

 

Funeraria Sedano

Blvd. 16 de Septiembre #47

Colonia Centro

C.P. 81000 Guasave, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-687-872-13-03

Email: administración@sedano.mx, sedano_cfd_xml@hotmail.com

Website: www.funerariasedano.com

 

 

Culiacan, SINALOA

 

Funeraria San Martín

Blvd. Emiliano Zapata 145 Pte.

Colonia Guadalupe

C.P. 80220 Culiacan, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-667-712-8000

Email: ventas@funeraria.sanmartin.com.mx

Website: www.sanmartin.com.mx

 

Moreh Inhumaciones

Blvd. Emiliano Zapata #75 Pte.

Colonia Jorge Almada

C.P. 80200 Culiacan, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-667-712-50-30

Email: info@moreh.mx

Website: www.moreh.com.mx

 

Mazatlan, SINALOA

 

Aeternus Funerales

Carretera Internacional #58

Colonia Lopez Mateos

C.P. 82140 Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-669-983-1577

Email: administracion@aeternus.com.mx

 

 

Funeraria Renacimiento

Alejandro Quijano #616

Colonia, Centro

Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-669-982-5708

Emaill: funerariarenacimiento@hotmail.com

 

Moreh Inhumaciones

Ave. Juan Carrasco #1010

Colonia Shimizu

Mazatlan, Sinaloa

Phone: 011-52-669-990-0991

Email: info@moreh.mx

Website: www.moreh.com.mx

 

 

Part V. Profile of services available in Mexico regarding preparation and shipment of remains:

 

  1. Dispositionof

 

Costs: The following cost estimates are based on a survey of several funeral homes throughout Sonora and Sinaloa.

 

Average costs of funeral services in the Hermosillo consular district

HERMOSILLO

Cremation with plastic container                                                    $9,000.00 MX Pesos

Metal urn                                                                                        $1,000.00 MX Pesos

Embalming                                                                                                $3,500.00 MX Pesos

Embalming (if remains in bad shape or infectious disease)                       $4,500.00 MX Pesos

Basic metallic coffin                                                                                   $5,000.00 MX Pesos

GUAYMAS

Cremation                                                                                      $8,000.00 MX Pesos

Embalming                                                                                    $3,000.00 MX Pesos

Basic Metal Casket                                                                         $3,000.00 MX Pesos

Local burial                                                                                     $6,000.00 MX Pesos

Transportation of remains from Guaymas to Tucson, AZ.                          $7,000.00 MX Pesos

  1. OBREGON

Cremation                                                                                      $8,000.00 MX Pesos

Embalming                                                                                    $7,500.00 MX Pesos

Basic Metal Casket                                                                         $5,000.00 MX Pesos

Local Burial                                                                                     $8,000.00 MX Pesos

  • Note: Since the State of Sonora is located in border with Arizona, near the State of California and New Mexico, family members have couple of options to transfer remains to the United States. Some of the funeral homes will have a good communication with US funeral homes that will come to the border city to pick up remains and take them to the closest airport for shipment. As for ashes, courier companies such as DHL, Federal Express or UPS don’t have shipping service available. Ashes can be shipped via Aeromexico Cargo via Mexico City to the US.

 

CULIACAN

Cremation                                                                                      $8,500.00 MX Pesos

Embalming                                                                                                $7,000.00 MX Pesos

Basic metal casket                                                                         $9,000.00 MX Pesos

Local burial                                                                                     $18,000.00 MX Pesos

LOS MOCHIS

Cremation                                                                                     $8,000.00 MX Pesos

Embalming                                                                                               $6,000.00 MX Pesos

Basic Metal Casket                                                                      $ 8,000.00 MX Pesos

Local burial                                                                                     $10,000.00 MX Pesos

GUASAVE

Cremation                                                                                      $6,500.00 MX Pesos

Embalming                                                                                    $2,000.00 MX Pesos

Urn, metal                                                                                      $1,000.00 MX Pesos

Urn, granite                                                                                    $5,000.00 MX Pesos

Local burial                                                                                     $14,000.00 MX Pesos

MAZATLAN:

Cremation                                                                          $9,800.00 MX Pesos

Local burial                                                                                     $44,000.00 MX Pesos

  • Note: In Mazatlan for local burial the Price includes: plot, embalming, basic casket and paperwork. As of now, shipping remains from Mazatlan is not possible due to security reasons and remains are being shipped out of Guadalajara or Puerto Vallarta. As for shipping costs entirely depend on the destination: Example: shipment of casket to Washington State: Approx. $60,000.00 pesos includes permits and paper work. Example: shipment of cremated remains to Texas: Approx. $40,000.00 pesos includes permits and paper work.

 

  1. Specific facts.

 

Embalming

 

All the funeral homes offer embalming services. The embalming must be done within 24 hours after death. Within our consular district, not all the funeral homes have refrigerated drawers and if the remains have not been identified by the Next of Kin, the remains can be kept at the SEMEFO (Servicio Medico Forense) refrigerated drawers if available in the city where the death occur. Normally the funeral homes will embalm the remains to avoid decomposition while Next of Kin is located.

 

Cremation

 

Local laws permit cremation if requested and paid for by next of kin.

Local cremation procedures result in a fine ash, very similar to the results of cremations performed US funeral homes.

 

Caskets and Containers

Caskets and containers are available locally in a wide range of costs. Caskets can be hermetically sealed in the case of death from a communicable disease.   Economic caskets could be used for transportation.

Exhumation

The exhumation of remains has to be done as per the law in the State in which the remains are located. Both states have a similar process according to the law. According to the law, 6 years after the burial needs to pass by in order to proceed with an adult corpse. If the remains are from a minor, only 5 years need to pass by. A pre mature exhumation can be done, but only with a judicial, court orders indicating the reason why. The costs may vary with the funeral homes as well with the municipal government where the cemetery is located.

 

  1. Special circumstances.

 

If the death is subject to an investigation, the remains will be kept at the SEMEFO (Servicios Medicos Forenses) till the District Attorney releases the remains.

 

 

  1. Shipping options.

 

*Regarding ashes: as of the beginning of 2016, ashes cannot be mailed from Mexico to United States through couriers such as DHL, Federal Express or UPS. On the other hand, a passenger can carry ashes with him (her) in a flight from Mexico to USA or ship the ashes through Aeromexico Cargo.

* Shipping remains: Since the State of Sonora and northern part of Sinaloa are very close to the State of Arizona, New Mexico and California, funeral homes have good connections with US funeral homes that can pick up remains from the border city and take them to the closest airport for shipment. Culiacan and Mazatlan can ship remains in direct flights to the US from Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta. The Mazatlan Airport at this time doesn’t have the proper security equipment to process the shipments.

When remains are to be shipped to the US, the funeral home will need a Consular Report of Death Abroad, Consular Mortuary Certificate and Embalmers Affidavit (if the remains are to be shipped) from the consulate prior to transporting the remains.

In order to obtain a Consular Mortuary Certificate and the Embalmer’s Affidavit, the funeral home should present the following original documents such as:

1-   Mexican Death Certificate,

2-   Copy of the Forensic Report,

3-   Permits from the State Health Department (embalming and shipment of remains),

4-   Certification of the Embalmer by the State Health Department

5-   Embalmers Report

6-   Official Identification Card from the funeral home employee that witnesses the embalming and package of the remains, since he will take an oath that he saw the process.

Both documents provided by Consulate General have no charge if the deceased is a U.S. Citizen. In cases in which the deceased is an LPR or any other nationality, the cost to obtain a Consular Mortuary Certificate is $60 U.S. Dollars.

 

  1. Local authorities responsible for licensing funeral directors and morticians.
    • Sonora: Secretaría de Salud Pública del Estado.
    • Sinaloa: Servicios de Salud de Sinaloa.

 

  1. Local authorities responsible for making findings regarding the causeof death and for issuing death local certificates.

In both states, the cause of death is determined by physicians who work at public hospitals and are on call 24/7. Issuance of death certificates is done by Registro Civil.

 

  1. Capacity of refrigerated morgues

 

In both states, some of the funeral homes such as San Martin have refrigerated drawers were bodies can be stored. Also the Morgues in Hermosillo and Ciudad Obregon have refrigerated drawers that can keep up to 8 bodies. In other cities where no refrigerated drawers are available, the funeral home will embalmed the remains to avoid decomposition of the remains while family members arrange funeral services.

 

Note:  All listed telephone numbers are in Mexico and should be preceded by 011-52 when dialed from the U.S.

Matamoros

Funerales Del Rosario
Calle Sexta #35
H.Matamoros, Tamaulipas, C.P. 87300
868-812-0238
Grupo Escobedo Zerimar
República de Cuba #46
H. Matamoros, Tamaulipas, CP. 87360
868-813-9336
Funerarias Ramírez
González 12 y 13 #154, Zona Centro
H. Matamoros, Tamaulipas
868-813-8464
Funerales Lozano
4a y Camilo Manzo #171
H. Matamoros, Tamaulipas
Tel: 868-813-2155

Fax: 868-813-3150

 

Reynosa

Funerales San Pedro
Hidalgo #1107 s/n, Col. Ciudad Gustavo Diaz
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, C.P. 88400
899-938-2980

 

Funerales Valle De La Paz
Boulevard Morelos y Guaymas s/n, Col. Rdz.
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, C.P. 88631
Tel: 899-923-5874

Fax: 899-924-2951

Funerales Protecto Deco
Praxedis Balboa #1397, Col. Del Bosque
Reynosa, Tamaulipas, C.P. 88760
Tel: 899-923-0166

 

 

Rio Bravo

Capillas Jardines de la Paz
Independencia y General Prim #302
Fraccionamiento Rio Bravo
Cd. Rio Brvo, Tamaulipas, CP. 89900
Tel & Fax: 899-934-4599

 

Funerarias Río Bravo
Calle Guanajuato #205, Colonia Fundadores
Cd. Rio Bravo, Tamaulipas 89900
899-853-3455

 

 

 San Fernando

Funerales Jardines del Recuerdo
Benito Juarez #31, Zona Centro
San Fernando, Tamaulipas, CP. 87600
841-844-0998

841-844-0999

Funerales La Paz y Capillas Cristo Rey
Miguel Hidalgo entre Cuauhtemoc y Mariano Escobedo #22, Zona Centro
San Fernando, Tamaulipas, CP. 87600
841-844-0291

 

 

Valle Hermoso

Funerales Del Valle
Calle 5a y Ave. Los Leones S/N, Col. Leonística
Valle Hermoso, Tamaulipas, C.P. 87500
894-842-2323

 

Cd. Victoria

Asesoría Funeraria de Victoria
Ricardo Flores Magón #1466, Colonia Doctores
Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas
834-314-4345

 

Funerales Capillas del Recuerdo
Boulevard López Portillo #702, Colonia Mainero
Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas, C.P. 87100
834-312-8597

 

Velatorio San José
Boulevard
Cd. Victoria, Tamaulipas, CP.87000
834-31 2 6535

 

Cd. Mante

Funerales Mante, S.A de C.V.
Boulevard Luis Donaldo Colosio #102 Pte.
Colonia Miguel Alemán
Cd. Mante, Tamaulipas, CP. 89820.
Tel: 01-800-536-5028

Tel & Fax: 831-232-2445 y 831-232-0307

 

Villa González

Funerales Mante, S.A. de C.V.
Calle Guadalupe Victoria #315, Esquina Nicolás Bravo.
Villa González, Tamaulipas
836-273-0904

 

 

Estación Manuel

Funerales Mante, S.A. de C.V.
Calle Guadalupe Victoria #315, Esq. Nicolás Bravo
Villa González, Tamaulipas
836-273-0904

 

Note: Funerales Mante, S.A. de C.V. has jurisdiction in Villa González y Estación Manuel

 Villa Aldama

Funerales González
Reforma y Ocampo #418, Zona Centro
Villa Aldama, Tamaulipas, C.P. 89670
Tel & Fax: 836-274-0020

Cel: 045-836-100-9127

 

Soto La Marina

Funerales del Pueblo
Miguel Hgo. y Alvaro Obregón #5, Zona Centro Sur
Soto La Marina, Tamaulipas, C.P. 87670
835-327-0268

835-327-0547

835-327-0506

 

La Pesca

Funerales del Pueblo
Miguel Hgo. y Alvaro Obregón #5, Zona Centro Sur
Soto La Marina, Tamaulipas, C.P. 87670
835-327-0268

835-327-0547

835-327-0506

 

Note: Funerales Del Pueblo de Soto La Marina, has jurisdiction in La Pesca.

The Merida consular district comprises the States of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo.  Merida is the capital city of the state of Yucatan and the main city in the area, although nearby Cancun is becoming increasingly large and important.  Campeche is the capitol city of the state of Campeche, and Chetumal is the capital city of the state of Quintana Roo.

The U.S. Consulate General– Merida keeps a list of local funeral homes.  All of the listed funeral homes are licensed to practice in Mexico and have expressed interest in working with families of deceased American citizens.  We can assist you in making arrangements with the funeral home in Mexico, for the disposition of the deceased, and sending personal items back to the U.S.  We will work with the funeral home to ensure proper documentation for the shipment of the remains to the United States. The American consulate and consular agencies can not cover any cost of this process; family or friends of the deceased are responsible for all expenses.

The Consulate can prepare a Consular Report of the Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad (CRODAC).  Copies of that report are provided to the next-of-kin or a legal representative and may be used in U.S. courts to settle estate matters.  To prepare this document, consular staff will need original evidence of U.S. citizenship and identity of the decedent and the original Mexican death certificate. We can issue up to 20 copies of the Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen at no cost.

In order to better assist you, you should follow these steps:

1. You must complete the following form and send by email to: AskMeridaACS@state.gov: the personal information sheet (PDF 8 Kb) with the deceased information.

2. You must pick a funeral home

3. You must decide within the first 24 hours about the disposition of remains.  For example, will the body be embalmed and returned to the United States?; Will it be cremated and ashes will be sent or transported by hand to the United States?; Will it be buried locally?  Please discuss specific prices and payment options with the funeral home before you commit with them.  The policy of most funeral homes in Mexico is pre-payment of service.

Some options of the disposition of remains include:

Local burial: In a cemetery in Mexico.

Embalming/Repatriation: Sending of the remains from Mexico to the grave or cremation in the United States.

Cremation: The procedure result in a fine ash, similar to the results of cremation performed in the United States.  For information on transporting the ashes by hand, please visit the Transportation Security Administration website, as well as your airline’s website.

In cases where the embalmed remains or ashes are sent to the United States by air transportation (for example, in the event that the ashes cannot be carried by hand by the closest relative), the closest relative should choose a U.S. funeral home to receive the remains.  You must pass all the contact information to the funeral home in Mexico.  The Mexican and U.S. funeral homes will act as your legal agents during the repatriation.  It is very important that both have clear lines of communication.  Additionally, it is recommended that both have each other’s telephone, cellular, fax numbers, as well as  email.  In most cases, payments must be received before the Mexican funeral home sends the remains to the U.S. funeral home.

The deceased is legally in the custody of the local police authorities or public prosecutor until they have authorization, in writing, of the release to the closest relative or agent.  Please keep in mind that the funeral home you select in Mexico cannot begin the repatriation process until the local authorities have released the remains to the funeral home with your written and notarized authorization.

4. Requirements to release the deceased from police custody.  If the death occurred outside the care of a doctor, a family member and/or friend traveling with the deceased, you must make a statement at the local police station.  You must explain the events and witnessing the identity of the deceased, present four copies of the passport and the Mexican visa* of each person giving testimony and the deceased’s should be presented.  Normally, the police will release the remains from their custody to the closest relative, or to the funeral home, pending autopsy.  Local law requires an autopsy for all foreigners who die in Mexico, except in cases considered “death from natural causes.”  In the case of a “natural death”, the doctor who has treated the body must provide to the family of the deceased or to the Mexican funeral home, the death certificate (at a cost).  The family will be required to appear before the civil registry office to give information regarding the deceased for the death certificate.  The medical examiner will provide the Mexican funeral home with the death certificate. Your funeral home in Mexico should assist you throughout the process. Also, before the remains can be repatriated, the closest relative should be clearly notified, in writing, about the Mexican funeral home he chooses for the disposition of remains.

(*NOTE: When a U.S. citizen enters Mexico, they must fill out a form, after their admission a smallest part of it will be returned to them.  This is your Mexican visa.)

5. Cases where the closest relative / family member / friend is not present.  If the deceased was traveling alone, the closest relative may request the release of the remains, in writing, through the U.S. consulate or consular agency in Cancun, Playa del Carmen or Cozumel.  The letter must have the seal and signature of a public notary.  A clear copy of some official ID of the applicant’s (the U.S. passport sheet with your name and photo, driver’s license, etc.) with your signature should also accompany the petition.  Please note that the authorities will not accept illegible copies or faxes.  Similarly, when possible, it is better to scan and send documents by email than by fax.  Remember that we do not accept letters without a signature, so you must prepare the letter, print it, sign it, scan it and return it by email.  For more information please see our contact information. Please see the sample letter.

6. Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad.  The U.S passport and Mexican visa of the deceased must be delivered to the Mexican funeral home, so they can process all the necessary paperwork to repatriate your loved one.  Before the remains are repatriated, the Mexican funeral home will give the passport to the U.S. consulate or consular agency along with the original death certificate.  The U.S. consulate in Merida will use both documents to issue a “Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad” that will be used in legal proceedings in the United States as proof of death.  The U.S. consulate will return the passport, along with 20 originals of the “Report of Death Abroad.”  We normally prepare and send this report within one month, after receiving your personal information sheet, the Mexican death certificate and other documents.  In order for you to receive it as quickly as possible, the U.S. consulate in Merida must be provided with a pre-paid account number of FEDEX or DHL, along with the address and telephone number of the closest relative where documents should be sent.  Otherwise, the report will be sent by U.S. mail and may take approximately one month to receive it (two months in total from the date of death).

For more information, please go to:

Return of Remains of Deceased U.S. Citizens

Estates of Deceased U.S. Citizens

 

The U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey serves the families of U.S. Citizens who die in its Consular District, which includes the Mexican states of Nuevo León, Durango, San Luis Potosí, Zacatecas, and the southern part of Coahuila.

It is critical that families contract a funeral home to help them carry out funeral arrangements. The U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey maintains a list of funeral homes (PDF 82K) operating within its Consular District that have been used by U.S. citizens in Mexico. Funeral services and preparations are carried out in accordance with the laws and facilities available in Mexico, but in some cases they may fall short of those expected in the U.S.

Although the consulate staff is unable to act as agents for U.S. citizens making funeral arrangements, we can help locate and notify the next-of-kin of their loved one’s passing, inform families about the Mexican legal requirements for claiming a loved one’s remains, and assist in shipping personal effects to the United States.

The next-of-kin is responsible for all costs of the funeral home, and/or shipment of remains or personal effects. It is also the responsibility of the family to carry out the funeral arrangements with assistance from the contracted funeral home.  Please be aware that Mexican authorities will often request identification documents for both the next-of-kin and the decedent, such as passports, birth certificates, or marriage certificates.

The U.S. Consulate General in Monterrey also prepares a Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad based on the local Mexican death certificate. This document can be used in most legal proceedings in the United States as proof of death overseas. To prepare this document, consular staff will need original evidence of U.S. citizenship of the decedent and the original Mexican death certificate.

Ayuda cuando un Ciudadano Estadounidense muere en el Norte de Sonora

El Consulado General de los Estados Unidos puede ayudar si un ciudadano Americano muere en nuestro distrito consular.

The U.S. Consulate in Tijuana can assist family and friends in the event of the death of an American Citizen in the Mexican states of Baja California and Baja California Sur. It is critical that families contract a funeral home to help them carry out their funeral arrangements.  The Consulate maintains a list of funeral homes in Baja California and the border region of companies that have been recommended by families of American citizens who have used their services.

Although Consulate staff are unable to act as an agent for American citizens making funeral arrangements, we can help locate and notify the next of kin of their loved one’s passing, inform families about the Mexican legal requirements for claiming a loved one’s remains, identify remains in certain cases and assist in shipping personal effects to the States.

The next of kin must pay all costs of the funeral home, shipment of remains or personal effects and carry out the funeral arrangements with assistance from the funeral home they contract.  Please be aware that Mexican authorities will often request identification documents for both the next of kin and the decedent, such as passports, birth certificates, and marriage certificates.  The funeral home will advise each family what is likely to be needed.

Even if no assistance is needed in understanding funeral arrangements , the death of an American citizen, whether resident or tourist, should be reported to the Consulate so that the officers can issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad (the official U.S. death certificate for U.S. citizens who pass away overseas). This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the U.S. In order to prepare this document, the Consulate will often need the next of kin to provide certain documents, such as a copy of the Mexican death certificate or United States passport.  A consular officer will explain to the next of kin what is needed in each case.