Relative at the end of their life

Beneficiaries of the family hospice leave

If the insured person is an employee, civil servant, employee or manual worker working for the government, a local council or a public institution or a Luxembourg railway (CFL) employee, they can apply for family hospice leave if a close relative is suffering from the terminal stage of a serious illness, i.e.:

  • the mother, father, daughter, son, mother-in-law, father-in-law, son-in-law, daughter-in-law;
  • the sister, brother, brother-in-law, sister-in-law;
  • the spouse or legally recognised partner.


Family hospice leave may not exceed five working days (up to 40 hours) per relative and per year. It does not have to be taken all at once, but can be divided up as follows:

  • part-time use of family hospice leave, by agreement with the employer;
  • division of family hospice leave between two or more family members accompanying the relative.

In the second case, each family member benefits from part-time family hospice leave, but the total duration allocated may not exceed 40 hours.

Family hospice leave ends on the date of death of the person at the end of life.


The application form and the certificate from the treating doctor (certifying that the person is suffering from the terminal stages of a serious illness) issued for the request of the family hospice leave must be sent to the CNS.

If the relative in terminal stage has no Luxembourg matricule number, a copy of a birth or death certificate, family record book or identity card has to be joined to the request.

If the family hospice leave is granted, the CNS will send a care booklet containing “reason for absence” forms and individual labels to be placed on them. Depending on whether or not the insured person is the only beneficiary of the family hospice leave, they must submit the appropriate number of absence forms and labels to their employer.

The insured person's employer must advance the remuneration due for the days/hours of family hospice leave and will get a refund for their employee's absence.


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