Below is a list of questions and responses that we commonly receive at the funeral home. We will continue to include any new questions in this section that we feel would be helpful to others.
If you have a question that has not been covered in this site we would like to hear from you. You may use the "Ask the Director" section of our site to forward your question or comments to us.
If you would prefer to call us on the telephone, our staff would be pleased to provide an answer to any funeral related matter you may have. If we do not have the answer immediately, we will find it for you and contact you the minute the information is in our hands.
|When someone dies, what do I do first?
|Upon the death of a loved one, inform other family members and close friends of the death. Consider any religious rites that are needed. Contact your Funeral Director. A Funeral Director will arrange the transfer of your loved one to the funeral home, and set up a time to arrange the funeral if prearrangement plans have not been made.
|Do I have to follow certain traditions when it comes to planning a funeral?
|It has often been said that funerals are for the living. That is why it is important to say goodbye in a way that is comfortable for you. Favourite music, a pair of jeans or a favourite book could all be significant. Have a best friend say a few words. Choose to have flowers and/or to have donations given to a local charity.
Funerals today are more personal -- they don’t have to be oppressive formal affairs, with standard music and a complete stranger conducting the service. Far from it. What a funeral can and should be is a celebration of life!
|Why would I want to preplan a funeral? Is it possible to prepay and how does that work?
|Planning ahead and even paying for your funeral in advance can ensure it happens exactly as planned. Sometimes, people wonder how much a funeral should cost. A funeral doesn’t have to be expensive to be meaningful. Make it as elaborate or as simple as you wish. A Funeral Director can help you plan a funeral that is personalized and tailored to fit your budget.
|How can a Funeral Director help? What services do you provide?
|Funeral Directors ensure you have exactly the kind of funeral you want. We guide and support you in the choices you make – whether it is burial or cremation, choosing music that is right for you, preparing newspaper notices or helping with legal requirements. At Beckett-Glaves Family Funeral Centre, we offer a variety of services and special programs.
Funeral Directors are available 24 hours a day to help, to answer your questions and to look after you and your family.
|What information do I need to provide about the person who is deceased?
|Certain information is needed to register the death with the provincial government. The same information is also helpful in preparing newspaper notices and announcements.
What you need to provide is the name, date and place of birth, address and social insurance number of the person who has died. Occupation, next of kin, parents names, and place of birth, date of the funeral and whether they are to be buried or cremated.
|Should I choose burial or cremation?
|It is a very personal decision – but either way, it is important to have some form of service. The right service can make a seemingly unbearable burden just a little lighter to carry.
To many people, viewing the body is an important step in the grieving process. For the family and anyone else mourning the loss, seeing the body helps to realize and accept what has happened.
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