Although travel is an accepted way of life for millions of Americans, virtually none are prepared, either psychologically or financially, to deal with bringing home the mortal remains of a deceased person.
Assistance intervenes quickly and directly when called upon to do so. This is very important at a time when the deceased is in a foreign country where language, customs and laws may otherwise prevent the family wishes from being carried out. No individual or family, not even the largest multinational corporation, can mobilize the resources available to AAI's assistance network, which includes multilingual medical personnel, aeromedical specialists and aircraft.
When an individual covered by Assist America under the Guaranteed Travel Assurance Plan dies while more than 100 miles from his or her legal residence, the family is completely relieved of financial considerations and the need to make critical decisions at a time of great stress. One phone call will take care of everything involved in the return of mortal remains from anywhere in the world to the location specified by the producer of a pre-need plan.
Transportation from as little as 100 miles from home can be very costly. Speed and expertise can mean the difference between having the deceased's wishes carried out or falling under the bureaucracy of foreign laws and traditions. Assist America has over 20 years experience in handling the return of mortal remains from anywhere in the world.
With the Guaranteed Travel Assurance Plan, Assist America will handle cost and arrangement of locating the sending funeral home, transporting the remains, processing death certificates, and, when death occurs overseas, foreign consular services and other customs and immigration formalities.