MARTINS BE SAFE THIS FESTIVE SEASON
Martin Du Toit
The festive season is a time to spend with loved ones and to recharge in preparation for the new year ahead. Many people go on holiday during this time, often travelling many kilometres to their destination of choice.
Unfortunately, the increase in vehicles travelling on the country’s roads during the holidays also leads to an increase in road fatalities, with an astonishing 510 deaths being recorded during the 2018 Easter holidays.
So, what do you do if the unthinkable happens far from home?
Should a person pass away while on holiday, a funeral undertaker in the area would need to be contacted to collect the deceased from the place of death.
The family should then contact their preferred funeral undertaker in their home-town, where the funeral will take place – to arrange for the repatriation of the remains.
It is a good idea to find out if your preferred funeral undertaker has a branch in the town where the death occurred, as using the same franchise for all of the arrangements will simplify the process. Martin’s Funerals has numerous branches nationwide.
The funeral undertaker chosen to conduct the funeral service will then arrange for the transport of the deceased remains to the place where the funeral will take place.
Depending on the distance of transport, repatriations can be very costly as it is usually invoiced per kilometre. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure that your funeral policy includes a repatriation benefit.
At Martin’s Funerals, most of our funeral policies includes a repatriation benefit at no extra cost to the client, that can be utilised in the event of a death occurring away from home.
Martin’s Funerals would like to encourage everyone traveling this festive season to drive safely and adhere to the rules of the road. We wish all of our fellow South Africans a merry festive season and a happy New Year!