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What to do Next When a Loved One Dies in Hospital

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I have had this question from a few people who have attended my seminars… “If my loved one dies in the hospital – what do I do next?”  The answer is – Your first call is to the Funeral Home.

The Funeral Home will ask you some initial questions and fill out what is called a First Call Sheet. The information needed will be: Read more

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Act Now – 10 Things to Save your Estate $1000s of Dollars!

licensed pre funeral planner MississaugaAn adult son called me today asking about what he could do and how to start organizing his mother’s affairs. His mom now has advanced Alzheimer’s and before her cognitive decline she drafted a valid Power of Attorney for Property and Personal Care and a valid Will. Here are my suggestions for 10 ways to save your estate $1000s of dollars if you act now. Read more

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Why and How People Become Funeral Directors in Ontario

License Funeral Director OntarioThis month is the celebration of 100 years of Funeral Professionals. To the dedicated men and women who feel a sense of calling to become a funeral director, we salute you.  Have you ever wondered why and how people become Funeral Directors here in Ontario?

Often the students in the Funeral Services Program at Humber College or College Boreal express a sense of duty to learn how to assist families through the funeral process at one of the most painful and emotional times of their lives.

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Is a Funeral Home Needed When you Opt for Cremation?

Cremation and funeral homeI only want cremation so I don’t need a funeral home, right?

No, actually that is incorrect.  Many people think that if they simply want their body to be cremated when they die, there is no need to involve a funeral home.  This is not correct.  The closest next of kin, legal representative or Estate Trustee needs to call a Funeral Home.

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Prepaid Funeral Plan for Loved Ones this Valentine’s Day

funeral planning expert MississaugaIn the Toronto Star February 8, 2014 article by Bob Aaron, he suggests an “offbeat gift suggestion for Valentine’s Day this week.  This year, he suggests preparing a Will and POA for Property and Personal care as an “expression of love, caring and compassion.” I would add one more item to this list – prepare a prepaid funeral plan. Read more

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Tissue Donors Set Record in 2013

tissue donationTissue donors set a record in 2013. In the Tuesday February 4, 2014 edition of the Toronto Star, Barbara Turnbull reported on Eya Kotulsky’s heart wrenching decision to consent to have her dying son’s tissues donated. As Ms. Kotulsky stated “what good could come out of this? I was trying to salvage some nobility or something. I suddenly thought to myself, he could be a donor.”

Potential organ or tissue donors are people who are considered brain dead, due to a traumatic event such as a car accident.

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What is Embalming – Does a Body Have to be Embalmed?

what is embalmingClients have asked me, what is embalming and does a body have to be embalmed? The answer is yes and no and it depends. I thought it would be helpful to define it and outline some parameters under which embalming is authorized or required.

Embalming means to preserve and disinfect part of all of the dead human body by any means other than by refrigeration.  With the written or verbal permission of the Estate Trustee’s or the person who signs the funeral contract, the body can be embalmed.

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Sending Cremated Remains to Poland

Polish flagLast week I worked with two adult daughters who want to send their mother’s cremated remains back to Poland.

There are two scenarios to consider. One is when taking the cremated remains personally and the second is if the cremated remains are going to be shipped to Poland.

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Ontario Office of the Public Guardian & Trustee – Roles & Responsibilities

bigstock-Family-Law-22123721The role and responsibilities of The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), under the auspices of the Ministry of the Attorney General – Family Justice Services Division in Ontario, are to safeguard the legal, personal and financial interest of private individuals and estates. The focus here is on the private individual.

Recently two people shared with me that they had to go through this process with the OPGT office to be appointed Guardian for their mother and aunt respectively.  The process was time consuming, emotionally draining and cost several thousands of dollars.

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What Would You Do if a Loved One Died Away From Home?

legacy mattersWhat would you do if a loved one died away from home? In our increasingly mobile society, we are traveling for work, pleasure, education, medical treatment, or to visit family.  Perhaps you have heard of a tragic tale of an acquaintance dying away from home?

Amid the emotional whirlwind, there are the vigorous legalities involved in repatriating the body.  When a person dies away from home, the international consulate is involved along with the Canadian consulate.  Additionally there are Public Health requirements and specific embalming and merchandise requirements to bring the body across an international border.  There will also be fees for the way bill to bring the deceased home.  These costs can range from $4,000.00 to more than $12,000.00, depending on the country in which the death occurred. Read more