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PLANNING

Planning for the End of a Life

We all expect to live forever. But the certainty is that we will not. When death arrives, the family and friends of the deceased are more often than not overwhelmed by the event and frequently unable to cope with the business-like activities that, unfortunately, must be addressed. For this reason, planning long before your demise, or that of a family member, is strongly advised by the Memorial Society.

As a member of the Society, you have taken the first step. Upon joining the Society, you will have completed an Arrangement Form which expresses your wishes and is kept on file with the Memorial Society.

At time of need, your executor, family or administrator calls the Society’s office which makes a referral to one or more funeral homes.

Arrangements can be made in your choice of funeral home. Alternatively, some funeral directors will even come to your home.

Your contract with the funeral home will cover the following topics:

  • Prices & Services: paperwork, transfer and preparation of the body including
    washing, dressing, and/or embalming; and/or cremation;
  • Disposition: burial, scattering, receiving ashes, etc.

Out of pocket expenses for organist, clergy, obituary, etc. are at additional cost.

Planning and Prepayment

The Memorial Society recommends planning before need. By ensuring that you have completed your Arrangements Form and that it is on file with the Memorial Society, you will have taken the first step to simplify your dealings with the funeral home at your time of need.

It is also possible to arrange with one of the Society’s designated funeral homes for the prepayment of your funeral expenses. Before doing so, the Society recommends that you read the article Prepayment of Funeral Expenses to learn more about the issues of prepayment.

Prepayment of Funeral Expenses PDF »

Disposition

Disposition refers to what you finally do with the body or ashes. The Society has no contract with cemeteries. Again, planning ahead is important.

What do you do with:
•Ashes/urn? ◦You can scatter ashes as long as you have the owner’s permission. No permit is required.
◦You can bury the ashes or entomb them in a columbarium (above ground niches). This costs money in a commercial or municipal cemetery.
◦You can bury the ashes anywhere without a permit so long as you have the owner’s permission.

•Body? ◦You are permitted to bury a body only in licensed cemeteries. The law requires the body to be in a container, such as a casket, if it is transported.
◦Cemeteries may charge for a grave, digging a grave and filling it, and a grave liner. The rules for a cemetery are called ‘Bylaws’, but these are not municipal bylaws. They are controlled by whoever owns the cemetery. Religious and cultural reasons can help persuade the cemetery owners to forego a requirement for grave liner and casket.

If you secure a price list for any cemetery, please send us a copy for our records by fax at 604-733-7730.

Grave or urn markers can be purchased from independent manufacturers and distributors.