Practice Relating to Rule 114. Return of the Remains and Personal Effects of the Dead
Spain’s LOAC Manual (1996) provides that when bodies have been cremated, the ashes of the deceased shall be forwarded to the Graves Registration Authority and handed over to relatives as soon as practicable.
Spain’s LOAC Manual (2007) states:
Efforts must be made to facilitate the return of the bodily remains or ashes of the deceased … to their country of origin.
Ashes must be returned through evacuation channels to the graves registration service.
Spain’s LOAC Manual (1996) stipulates that personal belongings, identity tags and any last will left by the deceased must be sent to the national Information Bureau.
Spain’s LOAC Manual (2007) states: “Efforts must be made to facilitate the return of the … personal effects [of the deceased] to their country of origin”. Such personal effects “must be sent to the national information bureau”. Specifically mentioned personal effects for return include: “identity cards” and “last wills and any other documents of importance to the next of kin, money and, in general, all objects of an intrinsic or sentimental value found on the body”.