Frequently Asked Questions
We are often asked if embalming is a requirement by law here in British Columbia. Below is a website that speaks clearly to this important question. We have copied a section of the web site for your ease.
“A funeral home may suggest embalming, particularly if an open casket is planned or there is a delay between the death and the burial. Embalming involves using chemicals to prevent the body from decomposing. Embalming is not required by BC law.”
The answer is yes. However there are steps to be considered. Please follow the below link to Consumer Protection BC for what is needed.
This is another common question as often our loved ones have a special place or places they would like their ashes to be spread. The story on the consumer protection agency website will answer all your questions regarding the scattering of ashes. Here is a little piece from the full article:
In British Columbia, a deceased person must be either buried or cremated.
After cremation, there are options for what can be done with the ashes.
Most cemeteries have small plots for cremated remains or scattering gardens. You may also wish to scatter the remains in an area that has special significance. These areas can include both private and public land. What you may not be aware is that, as long as you have permission of the landowner or local government, there are no limitations as to where ashes can be spread.
Simply, yes you can. Here is another article from the consumer protection agency that speaks to this question.
Under BC’s cemetery and funeral services law, you have the right to supply your own casket for interment or cremation as long as it meets certain requirements (such as the ability to be closed, hold weight and be sufficiently sealed). Similarly, you also have the right to supply your own container to hold the cremated remains of your loved one.
A cremation niche is an above ground burial space, where a decedent’s urn, containing their cremated remains, is placed inside and sealed. Many people are choosing above ground burial in a cremation niche as it affords comfort in all seasons, especially in inclement weather.
Here is a link to an informative website:
The amount of the death benefit depends on how much and for how long the deceased contributed to the CPP.
Please follow the link below to obtain further information and the application form.
Vital certificates, including death certificates, can be ordered for free or at a minimal cost from government agencies.
Having an Arrangement and Vital Statistic form on file with the Memorial Society of B.C. is important so that your wishes are documented. Any prepaid arrangement is noted and the information for your death certificate is on file. This is one less thing your family will have to provide at the time of your death.