At Oakleigh Funeral Home we have the infrastructure to assist families locally and internationally, with any of their requirements / needs that would be expected from an undertaker. We have a vast amount of knowledge and the experience dealing with the local authorities in obtaining the necessary documentation for an exhumation or repatriation.

Apart from having 3 qualified embalmers on standby at any given time, we also have a state of the art embalming theatre with equipment and products imported from the USA.



Exhumation is reopening of a grave and the removal of a deceased from the grave after he/she has been buried. Exhumation can take place only in particular circumstances.

Examples of situations where exhumation may occur includes:

When a court orders an exhumation as part of a criminal investigation.
For public health reasons, for example if a graveyard or cemetery is being moved.
Family reasons, for example if the family of the deceased person asks for the remains to be moved to another burial ground, another part of the country, abroad, or the remains to be cremated.


Repatriation is the transport of a deceased’s human remains from his or her place of passing away, to a destination determined by the next-of-kin for either a burial or cremation service, this could include repatriation across national and international borders.

There are a number of requirements that need to be complied with before a deceased person can be exhumed or be repatriated.