It is very important for
you to set an appointment with the funeral director.This will enable the
funeral director and your family enough time for private consultation.
The most simple arrangements can take 1 - 1 1/2 hours to make.
In some cases the family
may wish to make the arrangements from the comfort of their own home. This
option is available however it is recommended that it is best in most cases
to make arrangements at the funeral home. This will ensure that you are
dealing with a well maintained licensed facility that is fully equipped
to meet with all your needs (i.e. offers a wide range of services, caskets,
Registering the death
At the time of death the
attending physician or coroner will sign a medical certification of death
form (this is not the same as a death certificate). In most cases the funeral
director will obtain this document which is required to register the death.
The registration of death form is filled out by the funeral director. The
funeral director will ask you information that is required to complete
the form such as: residency information, marital status, personal health
care number, occupation, birth date and birth place, father and mother's
names and birthplace. Both forms are filed at the BC Vital Statistics Agency.
A permit for disposition (burial or cremation) is then issued to the funeral
director. The funeral director will also ask you how many original death
certificates you will require. For most estates, two original death certificates
should be sufficient. The funeral director will then order the death certificates
for you. Death Certificates are $27.00 each.
Do I need to bring
You may wish at this time
to bring clothing for the deceased to the funeral home. Even if you do
not wish to view the deceased, bringing in clothing can provide you and
your family comfort and be psychologically beneficial. Clothing can be
any type of apparel such as a nightgown, sportswear, formal attire.
WILL I NEED TO SELECT A CASKET
FOR BURIAL OR CREMATION?
Before you and the family
visit the funeral home to make the necessary arrangements you should know
whether burial or cremation has been selected as the final disposition.You
will be asked to select a casket. In British Columbia, the deceased MUST
be placed and secured in a casket or container PRIOR to cremation taking
place. A casket may also must also be selected for burial.
The casket selection room
will probably have a variety of caskets constructed of various materials.
The three main selections are: hardwood, cloth covered and metal. Hardwood
and cloth covered caskets are suitable for cremation, however, metal is
not. A popular choice is a hardwood casket suitable for cremation and for
ceremonies held before cremation or burial takes place. Minimum containers
made of particle board may also be available. Casket and container costs
will vary according to the materials used and designs selected.
You may also wish to discuss
at this time the selection of an urn for cremated remains. If applicable,
cemetery arrangements will also have to be made. The cemetery in most cases
will need at least 24 hours notice prior to burial. By provincial law,
cremation can not take place prior to 48 hours after the death. Requirements
for burial in British Columbia include a burial permit and plot for interment.
Some cemeteries also require that a grave liner be purchased.
There are few professions
that supply as much service, on such short notice, as does the funeral
director. Simple or elaborate - your decisions should be based upon sound,
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