Talking about death can be a subject not everyone is comfortable discussing. Whether it is your death or the death of a loved one, however, it is important to take time to think about what type of funeral you or your loved one would want.
Not many people take the time to pre-plan their funerals, so it often falls to the surviving family members to try to determine what their departed loved one wanted. Those planning the funeral often have many questions, like these top questions:
Q. My loved one wanted to be cremated, but still wanted a memorial with a casket. Is this possible?
A. Yes, it is possible to have a memorial service and viewing with your loved one in a casket. Afterward, rather than a burial, the cremation takes place.
Q. Is there any assistance to help pay for the funeral costs?
A. Yes, there are a few different options. If your loved made contributions to the CPP (Canada Pension Plan) you may qualify for a one-time payment of $2,500 for funeral expenses. Another option is to apply for assistance through Ontario Works. Our After-Care Services
can help you with the application processes for either one.
Q. My family doesn’t get along with our in-laws. Is there a way to have two separate funeral services?
A. Yes, in cases where there could be potential disharmony, families can arrange to hold two separate funeral services to avoid conflict. Families can also arrange separate visitation times.
Q. Does the funeral costs have to be paid before the funeral takes place?
A. We understand the death of a loved one is not always expected. As such, we will work with you to ensure their funeral can take place while giving you some time to pay for the funeral expenses. Typically, we ask that payment be made within 7 days of the funeral service.
Q. How do I purchase a burial plot for my loved one?
A. We can assist with the purchase of a burial plot when planning the funeral. The cost of the plot is paid directly to the cemetery.
Q. How do I find out if my loved one pre-planned their funeral?
A. Sometimes your loved one may have pre-planned their funeral and already paid for it. Yet, they don’t always inform their family. You should check to see if they included details about this in their will, if they had one. You may also want to look through any important documents they kept or their safe deposit box. If they pre-planned their funeral through us, we will have a record of it.
Even if your loved one doesn’t want to pre-plan their funeral, it is still worthwhile to discuss what they would like when they pass away. This way, you will at least have some idea of their wishes which can make planning the funeral less stressful for the surviving family members.