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Resource - Funeral Helpful Guidance:

Who to Call First ?

Call a Funeral Director

Whatever the circumstances of death, one of your first calls should be to a licensed funeral director.

1. Transport the body

2. Obtain a death certificate

3. Select a casket, urn

4. Arrange the funeral, memorial and/or burial service

5. Prepare the obituary

6. Notify the deceased's employer, attorney, insurance company and banks
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Visitation


A "viewing" means to have an open casket.

A "visitation" is when the body is laid out in the casket (which may be open or closed) before the service so that mourners may come to "visit."

A visitation offers a chance for people to "pay their final respects" to the deceased. Just as important, the visitation can be a time for mourners to meet and console each other in a more informal setting than at the funeral.

You can schedule a visitation for as little as half an hour on the day of the service, or it can last for several days before the service.

The visitation can be restricted to just close friends and family, or be open to the public. You can even have a combination of private and public hours.
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Burial

If the body is buried:

- It can be interred (earth burial)
- It can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum (above-ground burial)
- It can be buried at sea

Why people choose burial ?

Although the trend is moving toward cremation, the majority of North Americans still choose to bury their dead and to be buried themselves. Here are some reasons you might choose burial.

1. Burial is traditional within your family, religious group, or geographical area. In the United States today, about 78% choose burial. In Canada, the rate is about 65%.

2. You prefer to have the body slowly return to the elements.

3. You want to erect a monument on the grave, perhaps you want to visit the grave in the days to come.
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Cremation

1. The remains can be stored by the family

2. You may take the remains in the simple cardboard box supplied by the crematory and distribute ("scatter") them over the land or water.

3. The remains can be placed in a niche within a columbarium.

4. The remains can be buried in the ground in a regular plot or in a smaller cremation plot.

5. The remains can be entombed in a crypt within a mausoleum.


Here are some other reasons you might choose cremation:

1. Cremation is traditional in your family, religious group, or geographical area

2. You prefer the body to be returned quickly and cleanly to the elements

3. Many people believe that a cremated body becomes one with nature more quickly.

4. You have environmental concerns

5. Perhaps you are worried about the use of valuable land for cemetery space, or believe it is wrong to fill the ground with materials that won't erode ... metal coffins and concrete vaults.

6. You want to keep the costs down

7. Selecting cremation does not mean, however, that you will have an inexpensive funeral.

8. You might still choose an expensive casket and/or a viewing, and/or decide to have the cremated remains buried in the ground or placed in a columbarium. These choices can bring your costs up to those of a traditional funeral.
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