We are all most certainly in uncharted waters with this pandemic issue sweeping neighborhoods, our province, the country and the world. All of us are affected in some direct way; those of us who have experienced the death of a loved one during this time even more so. How do we say good-bye at a…

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Our office will remain open to serve our membership by email or telephone. We will not be open to the public until further notice in order to practice the social distancing recommendations of our health professionals. At this time of challenge we remain committed to serve you so do please feel free to call or…

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We have been alerted to some advertisements in local newspapers both on the lower mainland and also on Vancouver Island that are both confusing and misleading. People’s Memorial Society is not The Memorial Society of BC and should not be taken as such. The ad requests that ‘memorial society’ members get in touch with them…

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“Was in your office to get some Memorial Society Membership applications to give out people seem to be showing interest in joining up. Really enjoy talking to Ashley. She’s easy to talk too she’s a very nice person. Best thing to happen to me lately running across the Memorial Society on internet. I got the…

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If you are planning a home death it is extremely important to have your family doctor sign an expect death in the home form. This form, A Notification of Expected Death in the Home, is completed by the patient’s physician and sent to the funeral home before the death. This form allows a Funeral Director…

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  It is important to plan your funeral arrangements ahead of time and have that plan on file where your family members can easily find it. Planning these arrangements when we are of clear mind and quiet emotions is an important ingredient to a graceful, affordable and dignified end of life.

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  There is often confusion regarding the choice of casket for a loved one’s remains, and at a time when we are emotional immediately after the death it is even more challenging. So start planning early and visit a funeral home well before you need their services to choose the casket that suits your values,…

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By provincial law, cremation cannot take place until 48 hours after death and therefore requests for immediate disposition can be somewhat misleading. When planning for the disposition of a loved one, know that cremation cannot take place until two full days after the death.  

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    Is embalming required? No, embalming is not required by BC law. It is often suggested by funeral directors if there is a delay between the time of death and the disposition, and/or a viewing is requested. You the family members have the final choice to embalm or not though.    

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