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What To Do When A Death Has Occurred

Just like a specialist informs you of what to bring before you appointment such as; your health care card, your list of prescriptions, a Funeral Director also has a list of items that if available should be brought at the time of arrangements.

Who is legally in control when someone dies? Please note that these resources are to be used as a starting point however, we strongly recommend that you book an appointment with one of our Funeral Directors to ensure that you are able to receive immediate guidance and begin the arrangement process.

These items include:

  • Full Name of the Deceased
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Health Care Number
  • Driver’s License if applicable and still valid
  • Residential Mailing Address
  • Date of Birth and Place of Birth
  • Date of Death and Place of Death (Name of Hospital or Care Facility if applicable)
  • Occupation that applied for the largest part of their working years
  • Current Marital Status
  • Name of Spouse (if female, provide Maiden name)
  • Full Name of Mother & Birthplace
  • Full Name of Father and & Birthplace
  • Next of Kin information

The more of the above information that you can collect the more the Funeral Director can focus on uncovering the needs and wants of the way you would like to honor or celebrate the life of the person who has passed away.

Honoring the Life

If your loved one has already pre planned their funeral, then this step becomes very easy for both the Funeral Director and the family or friends making the arrangements as the loved one has already clearly outlined how they would like their life to be honored and the Director can assure that each step is carried out just as the person intended. However, that is not to say that if there is no preplanning in place the arrangements will be extremely difficult because the Funeral Director’s job is to uncover the type of person that you are all gathered to honor. The Director will want to hear your ideas, your wants and your needs, and use them as a foundation in the arrangement process.

Some things to consider
  • What type of farewell is best suited to your loved one?
  • Would they have preferred burial or cremation (see following for hints)?
  • Do they have relatives buried in a cemetery where they would like to be with them?
  • Have they purchased a plot?
  • Do they want their ashes scattered?
  • Are you okay with the irreversible effects of cremation? Remember cremation does not mean you can’t have a service
  • Who will be making the arrangements? (see below for the order of priority when unsure of who has the authority to make the arrangements)
Authority for making arrangements for the disposition of human remains or cremated remains falls in the following order of priority:
  • The personal representative designated in the will of the deceased
  • The spouse of the deceased if the spouse was living with the deceased at the time of death, or a person who had been living with the deceased at the time of death as spouse for a continuous period of at least 2 years
  • An adult child of the deceased
  • A parent of the deceased
  • A guardian of the deceased under the dependent adults act or, if the deceased is a minor, under the child welfare act or the domestic relations act
  • An adult grandchild of the deceased
  • An adult brother or sister of the deceased
  • An adult nephew or niece of the deceased
  • An adult next of kin of the deceased determined on the basis provided by sections 8 and 9 of the intestate succession act
  • the Public Trustee
  • An adult person having some relationship with the deceased not based on blood ties or affinity
  • The Minister of Family and Social Services
Additional items may include:
  • Obituary information; a list of immediate surviving family members and a list of predeceased immediate family members
  • A photograph of the deceased
  • A list of pallbearers (if necessary)
  • The name(s) of the person(s) delivering words of tribute or a eulogy at the ceremony
  • A full set of clothing
  • A charity donation name

We’ve compiled a list of available death benefits here.