What should I do when a death takes place?

Answer: Death is a traumatic experience, whether unexpected or expected. When faced with the shock of dealing with a death, it is difficult to know exactly what to do. Circumstances will dictate what should be done. If the death is…

What happens if a death occurs away from home?

Answer: Your local funeral home can assist you regardless of where the death takes place, and should be contacted as soon as possible.  They may require the assistance of a funeral home nearer to the place of death.  Your funeral…

How can I compare prices between funeral homes?

Answer: With any significant purchase, comparing prices is often beneficial to the consumer. Funerals are one of those purchases that many people rarely research before they choose a provider.  What many people don’t realize is that not every funeral home…

What is Cremation?

Answer: Cremation is the process of subjecting dead human remains to direct flame and reducing them to a powder-like substance that can be buried or scattered.  A crematorium reaches temperatures of around 1600° C.  This process takes roughly 6 hours,…

What is Embalming?

Answer: Embalming, by definition, is the “process of chemically treating the dead human body to reduce the presence and growth of microorganisms, to temporarily inhibit organic decomposition, and to restore an acceptable physical appearance.”  This process is usually performed by…

How do I donate my body to science?

Answer: In southern Alberta, the University of Calgary is the medical centre that accepts bodies for scientific study.  In order to be accepted as a candidate, you must first register with the University before your death.  You will also be…

When is a Medical Examiner required?

Answer: In most cases, the attending physician is able to provide the documentation required after a death occurs.  In some cases, a Medical Examiner (M.E.) is required.  These cases include accidents, unnatural, violent, unexplained, or unexpected deaths.  Other situations include…

Where can I scatter cremated remains?

Answer: In Alberta, as with most of Canada, there are no actual laws pertaining to the scattering of cremated remains.  However, there are some guidelines that should be followed.  In all cases, permission should be obtained prior to scattering.  Scattering…

How does Caveat Emptor apply?

Answer: Caveat Emptor.  Buyer Beware.  When someone buys a car, they can research the vehicle, read reviews, as well as test-drive that car before they purchase.  Death does not allow for that ‘test it out first’ type of shopping.  In…

What value does a cemetery have?

Answer: A cemetery is a place where lives are commemorated, deaths are recorded, families are reunited, memories are made tangible, and love is undisguised.  Communities accord respect, families bestow reverence, historians seek information, and our heritage is thereby enriched.  Testimonies…