6 Important Steps to Take Before the Funeral

Making final arrangements is not an easy task, especially when a death has occurred.


Here are some important steps to take, particularly at time of need:

  1. Contact family members to make them  aware
  2. Know the final wishes of the Deceased: Funeral or Memorial Service, No Service, as well as Burial or Cremation
  3. Call your chosen funeral home to arrange an appointment
  4. If applicable, call your church to inform the Pastor or Priest and to arrange a date and time for the preferred service
  5. When meeting with the Funeral Director, ask them to co-ordinate the Funeral or Memorial Service with your church and, if applicable, the cemetery
  6. Before you meet with the Funeral Director, you will need to gather the following information about the Deceased and provide it to them:
  • Full legal name (including Maiden name, if applicable)
  • Date, place and time of death
  • Doctor’s name, address, and phone number
  • Name and birthplace of parents
  • Social Insurance Number
  • Citizenship Card (if applicable)
  • BC Card Card
  • Executor name and phone (if applicable)

The above information is required to be gathered and submitted by the funeral home to Vital Statistics. This forms the first part of what must be submitted, the second being the Medical Certification of Death that must be provided to the funeral home by the doctor. Once both elements are submitted to Vital Statistics, the Death Certificate(s) and Burial or Cremation permits are prepared and issued.

This article is in no way intended to substitute for competent legal advice.

Michael Godin
Director Community Relations
Alternative Funeral & Cremation Services
P: 604-857-5779


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