When A Death Occurs
When a death occurs, the order in which things need to be done often depends on where the death occurred. But, one thing should always be remembered: your heightened emotional state upon the death of a loved one. That's why we suggest that you ask a friend for help - someone who is more able to think clearly, and give you the support you need.
What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home
One of the first things the funeral arranger will do is to provide you with our general price list. He or she will then guide you through the entire arrangement process, explaining how you can create a memorable personal celebration of your loved one's life. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.
This process may include:
- Preparing and filing the official statement of death
- Scheduling the location, date and time of services or events
- Selecting a casket, vault, stationary, flowers or other items
- Preparing an obituary notice
You may also sign necessary authorizations or make arrangements to have them signed by the appropriate family members.
We’d like you to bring any photos, a favourite song, or memorabilia so that you and your funeral director can better discuss how you would like your loved one to be remembered. Having these things, and knowing their favorite song or favourite gathering place – even their favourite activity – will help us create a truly fitting funeral service.
Our funeral director will assist you in planning a loving tribute that captures the spirit of the person whose life you wish to honour. To learn more about personalizing the service, please read the Honouring Life section of this Web site. The funeral director will discuss personalization with you during your arrangement conference.
The following checklist will help you remember what information about the decedent and items will be needed when meeting with a funeral arranger.
- Full legal name- Home address
- Social insurance number
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Father's name
- Mother's maiden name
- Any military information
- Recent photograph
- Place of burial (if applicable)
- Clergy name and phone number
- Survivors (name and relationship)
-Name of Executor