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The loss of a loved one

The loss of a loved one
Useful references
Funeral aid

The loss of a loved one

In general, the providers of health care services automatically forward the information of identifying the fact of death to the population register and issue a death certificate to the person about it.

There is no need to turn to the vital statistics office as the obligation to register the death and issue the initial death certificate lies with the providers of health care services (general practitioners, hospitals, ambulance, etc).

Deaths are registered at the vital statistics office only on special occasions (a person’s death in Estonia who was a citizen of another country and didn’t have a personal identification code, a death case in a foreign country, etc).

Submitting an application

An application for registering a death is submitted to the vital statistics office within seven days of the person’s death or from the day of the finding of the deceased person by the spouse, registered partner, relative, relative by marriage of the deceased, the head of the establishment providing health care services, police officer or any other person who has information about the person’s death.

The death notice, police office notice or a court decision on identifying death or declaring death must be added to the application.

To register a death at the Tartu City Government, an application must be submitted in person at the vital statistics department (Tiigi 12, Tartu). Personal ID must be taken with.

Opening hours
Mon 9–12 and 14–17.30
Tue 12–16
Wed 9–12 and 13–16
Thu Closed
Fri 9–12 and 13–16

The applicant is issued a death certificate.

Additional information: Kaia Rahu, phone 742 0954, email [email protected]

Death in a foreign country

If a person died in a foreign country but the death wasn’t registered there, a document from the foreign country (e.g. a medical certificate) must be submitted in order to register the death.

If the death was registered in the foreign country, it doesn’t need to be registered again in Estonia, but the death document from the foreign country must be submitted for entry to the population register.

The submitted documents must be in either Estonian, Russian or English and the translation must be executed by a sworn translator. Documents from another country must also be legalized or certified by apostille if not stated otherwise in the foreign contract.

See more about the requirements for documents from a foreign country

Last changed 07.02.2024

General information

Funeral aid is a one-time payment for covering the costs of a funeral that is paid at the moment of death according to the information in the population register per a deceased person who lived in Tartu city.

Applying for the aid and the value

The organizer of the deceased person’s funeral can apply for funeral aid

  • online;
  • by sending a digitally signed application( pdf  )  to the department’s email address [email protected];
  • by turning to the Tartu City Government’s social and healthcare department’s regional centers.

You can find the addresses and phone numbers of specialists at the regional center according to your residence here.

Persons eligible for funeral aid

or in other words the aid is assigned to:
1) the spouse, relative or relative by marriage of the deceased to whom the death certificate was issued;
2) the spouse, relative or relative by marriage of the deceased if the death certificate was issued to someone else than the spouse, relative or relative by marriage;
3) some other person in charge of arranging the funeral, in case relatives and relatives by marriage have resigned from receiving the funeral aid;
4) a relative of a stillborn child who submits a medical death notification;
5) Tartu city in case the funeral is arranged by Tartu city.

The value of the funeral aid is 250 euros.

The funeral aid is paid no later than within 30 days from registering the funeral aid application.


Funeral aid Regulation number 12 by the Tartu city council on 15 February 2018

Last changed 23.03.2023

Cemeteries of Tartu

General information about cemeteries of Tartu

Website of cemeteries of Tartu and map application

The history of cemeteries of Tartu and groups of cemeteries (Raadi, Puiestee, Rahumäe, Pauluse, Vanausuliste and Tuigo cemeteries) is introduced briefly on the website of cemeteries of Tartu. It is also possible to view the location of cemeteries and historical parts of the cemeteries on the map. People buried in the cemeteries can be searched by name and number of the gravesite. Information about buildings in the cemeteries and their inventory can be found from the application. Instructions are available to help guide the search.

Electronic forms

For using electronic forms, authentication with ID-card, Mobile-ID or through internet bank is necessary.
Extension or resignation of burial site certificate
Specification of burial site information


Raadi cemeteries “Walker’s guide”

A pocket map of gravesites located in Tartu Raadi cemeteries of people who were important in the sense of national and cultural history was completed in the spring of 2019. There are 92 gravesites, cemetery chapels together with cemetery names as well as roads and gates marked on the map. The guide is foremost a tool for moving around Raadi cemeteries and discovering graves important in the sense of cultural history – this is why the map can only be asked for from the main building of the Raadi cemetery and the Tartu city information center located on the first floor of Tartu city hall. The guide is in Estonian and free of charge.

Raadi cemetery. A walker’s guide

Tartu Cemeteries

Kalmistu 22, 50303 Tartu
Phone 736 1525
Email [email protected]

The task of the establishment is the administration and maintenance of cemeteries in Tartu city. The establishment provides funeral services, maintains cemeteries, buries deceased people without loved ones, keeps track of burial sites etc.

There are four cemeteries under the administration of the establishment in Tartu city and one in Tartu county:

  • Raadi cemetery: Kalmistu 22, phone 736 1525, [email protected]
    Office opening hours: Mon–Fri 9–16
  • Pauluse cemetery: Võru 75a, phone 736 1530, [email protected]
    Office opening hours: Mon–Fri 9–16
  • Puiestee cemeteries: Puiestee 3, phone 746 1025, [email protected]  
    Office opening hours: Mon–Fri 9–16
  • Rahumäe cemetery: Jaama 122, phone 735 1415, [email protected]
    Office opening hours: Mon–Fri 9–16
  • Tuigo cemetery: Kastre vald, Tartumaa, phone 736 1530, 5307 4753
    Office (Võru 75a) opening hours: Mon–Fri 9–16

Additional information regarding cemeteries

Cemetery holidays 2023

The tartu deanery of the estonian evangelical lutheran church

Tartu Maarja congregation 17 June at 11 a.m. at Tuigo cemetery
17 June at 2 p.m. at Raadi cemetery
Tartu Peetri congregation 18 June at 12 p.m. at Puiestee cemetery (Vana-Peetri)
22 June at 12 p.m. at Raadi cemetery (Ülikooli-Jaani)
17 June at 12 p.m. at Rahumäe cemetery
Tartu Pauluse congregation 18 June at 1 p.m. at Pauluse cemetery
Baptist congregation 18 June at 4 p.m. at Puiestee, Baptist cemetery

Last changed 23.03.2023