Exhume a body

Eligibilty

Find out if you can apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit to exhume a body.

The following people, in the following order of priority, may apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit:

  1. a representative that has been identified in the will of the deceased
  2. a spouse or adult interdependent partner (term that carries legal meanings similar to C/L but not the same) of the deceased who was living with the deceased at the time of death
  3. an adult child of the deceased
  4. a parent of the deceased
  5. a guardian of the deceased under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act or, if the deceased is a minor, under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act or the Family Law Act
  6. an adult grandchild of the deceased
  7. an adult brother or sister of the deceased
  8. an adult nephew or niece of the deceased
  9. an adult next-of-kin* of the deceased
  10. the Public Trustee
  11. an adult person having interest in the deceased (not based on blood ties or affinity)

What’s important to know

  • The order of priority in levels (c) to (h) begins with the oldest person in that level and descends in order of age.
  • If a person who has the right to apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit is not available or is unwilling to act, that right passes to the next available qualified person.
  • The right to apply for a Disinter/Reinter Permit does not pass to the next available qualified person if the person who has the right objects to the proposed disinterment.

*Next-of-kin

Next-of-kin includes:

  • mother
  • father
  • brother
  • sister
  • children
  • spouse
  • adult interdependent partner

Next-of-kin doesn’t include:

  • in-laws
  • grandchildren
  • step relatives
  • aunts
  • uncles
  • nieces and nephews

Persons who have adopted or who have placed their child for adoption are not “next-of-kin” to biological relations.

Contact this service

780-427-7013
(Edmonton)

310-0000, then
780-427-7013 (toll-free)

8:15 am - 4:30 pm (Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)