the death of a loved one in the family poses many confusing questions.
Particularly working out all the details and arrangements. It is my hope
that these guidelines will assist in helping you to make informed
note that most contact information is written for my community but the
subject material is helpful for all those who need assistance working out
the details of all that needs to be done.
Mortem Examination -
Medical Cause of
Things To Be Done
If no immediate family is available, notify a close friend.
other family members, by phone or letter if anyone is a long distance
Note: Many airlines offer compassionate travel assistance at much lower fares.
Friends, school and work related Manager/Supervisor or colleagues.
keep a list of all names, from those who sent condolences, flowers,
etc.. so a thank you card can be sent later.
of your loved one:
the hours of 8:00am-8:00pm. the "Quick Response Worker" at
Prince George Regional Hospital
assist in the viewing. Phone the Quick Response pager at
phone PGRH switchboard at 250-565-2000 and ask to be connected to the
Response person on call.
hospitality for visiting relatives and friends. Extra items may be needed,
such as; chairs, bedding, dishes, transportation etc..
the need for food as well as child care, as needed in the next few days.
have someone as soon as possible, keep notes of ALL of the many things
to be done, both in the short and long term.
each of these things down will be very helpful in organizing short term
also for information later on. Family will really benefit to focus on some
of the long term details that have to be taken care of, such as: estate,
life insurance, vehicle insurance, banking
Words of Condolences
Words of Condolences message samples for expressing words of sympathy to
someone after the loss of a loved one.
Use these condolence examples to help you write your condolences in
cards or letters of sympathy.
Please view this website;
on funeral home
Funeral Chapel Ph. 564-4431
Funeral Home Ph. 562-5915
George Funeral Home Ph. 564-3880
the Funeral Home to make an appointment.
Deciding on a funeral home does NOT need to be done the first day after
better time is, when other family members have arrived to make a more
informed decision. Each
of the funeral homes have some very dedicated staff who can assist you in
many helpful ways. Please take someone along to the funeral home
appointment - an individual who can keep notes. The funeral director will
give some information which the family must do.
Costs & Insurance Benefits
many cases all or part of the funeral expenses may be paid by one of the
Policies - please check for coverage on insurance policies
motor vehicle policy; work related policies
related policies, credit union, trade union, fraternal and/or
the policies for Funeral expenses as well as long term survival
- Please phone 1-800-277-9914 give them the deceased
security number and they will advise you on eligibility.
amount available varies according how much has been paid into the
amount available is $2500.00
for filing are available from Canada Pension at 1190 - 2nd. Ave,
Prince George, BC
home will also assist in filling out Canada Pension Plan forms.
there are no benefits for children or those who have not contributed
of Human Resources - Phone 250- 565-6220 and ask for the closest office to
you. If the deceased was on social assistance, please call his/her
direct. If a family is not on social assistance but there is
family, an appointment can be made with a social worker. Please call
phone number for referral to the office closest to you.
The funeral home has information on the type of funeral Social
to pay for.
- if the death is work related and the employer was
on behalf of the employee, then there are funeral benefits of
approximately $2950.00 Phone 604-279-7460 "Judicator" Mr.
Victim Assistance Act (CVAA)
Injury Compensation (CIC))
1-800-661-2112 Local 6400
the death is related to a criminal event you need to file a CVAA form.
for a copy of the form and assistance to
it out if needed.
on all debts and installment payments. Some carry life insurance
clauses that will cancel them. Consult with creditors.
your loved one lived alone, notify Landlord if renting, Utilities and
advise Post Office to forward mail.
Funeral home directors can
assist with details for most of the items below.
- Make complete list of
family and friends who will be invited.
- Decide on type of
funeral - Burial or Cremation.
- Decide on time and place
where service will be held - Church or Funeral
- Who will lead the
- Type of service, music,
songs, select readings, special message by family or friends.
- Clothing for your loved
- Special items may be
placed in the coffin: a special poem, farewells........
- Pall Bearers - select
and notify them - please keep in mind those who are unable to
do this due to health or
- Flowers and/or
donations to a special cause.
- Funeral home can assist
with special designated envelopes.
- Prepare memorial
- Funeral home can assist
in preparation and printing.
Name, Date of Birth,
Picture, Family Relations, Time and Place of Service,
Person who is
- Other items to include:
education, degrees, memberships held,
outstanding work, list of survivors in immediate family, etc..
- After service
reception, time and place.
- Death Certificates are
available from Funeral Home Director. Please ask for several
The Funeral Service
Association of BC has some helpful information on their website
An autopsy is a medical
examination of the body after death has occurred. The autopsy is performed
at the hospital by a specialist in the medical field of pathology, in an
effort to determine the exact cause of death. There are times when the
attending physician may request the autopsy, or the family themselves may
In some circumstances, a
coroner may be required to investigate the death, and if required, he/she
has the authority to order an autopsy without the consent of the
Medical Cause of
The physician provides the
funeral director with a completed "Physicians Medical Certification
of Death", which in turn must be submitted to the local division
registrar before the death can be officially registered and a burial
permit issued. The Vital Statistics Act, however, prohibits the funeral
director or anyone else to breach the confidentiality of this document.
Therefore, the immediate and antecedent causes of death cannot be divulged
to anyone. Family members may wish to know the exact cause of death of the
deceased. This information and all autopsy results are made available to
immediate family members trough the attending physician or the coroner
only. It is necessary then, for family members to make a follow-up
appointment with the doctor or coroner to obtain this information. Please
allow about six weeks for the full autopsy report to be available.
For a FULL report on the role of
the Coroner please go to:
Prince George Hospice Society
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