Obituaries

Zachary Berezowsky
B: 1989-09-30
D: 2017-11-20
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Berezowsky, Zachary
Sigurjon Sigurdson
B: 1931-06-18
D: 2017-11-19
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Sigurdson, Sigurjon
Sheila Gunderson
B: 1936-11-13
D: 2017-11-17
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Gunderson, Sheila
Donald Smales
B: 1930-08-23
D: 2017-11-15
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Smales, Donald
Carole Enefer
B: 1937-12-12
D: 2017-11-14
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Enefer, Carole
Lawrence Mann
B: 1935-08-15
D: 2017-11-13
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Mann, Lawrence
Gordon Thiessen
B: 1952-06-02
D: 2017-11-12
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Thiessen, Gordon
Merle Bentley
B: 1920-10-01
D: 2017-11-12
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Bentley, Merle
Roger Paradis
B: 1932-09-04
D: 2017-11-11
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Paradis, Roger
Robert Butterworth
B: 1933-11-27
D: 2017-11-10
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Butterworth, Robert
Dorothy Langner
B: 1929-10-05
D: 2017-11-09
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Langner, Dorothy
Lydia Sader
B: 1933-01-15
D: 2017-11-09
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Sader, Lydia
Lorraine Stefanec
B: 1939-10-10
D: 2017-11-07
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Stefanec, Lorraine
Phyllis Ponton
B: 1928-09-12
D: 2017-11-05
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Ponton, Phyllis
Ethel Turner
B: 1918-07-22
D: 2017-11-04
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Turner, Ethel
Helen Larson
B: 1935-07-22
D: 2017-11-04
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Larson, Helen
Roy Komarnicki
B: 1935-01-25
D: 2017-11-03
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Komarnicki, Roy
Lorna Tingley
B: 1947-11-02
D: 2017-11-03
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Tingley, Lorna
Gertrud Bonas
B: 1927-06-17
D: 2017-11-02
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Bonas, Gertrud
Pearl De'Athe
B: 1921-09-02
D: 2017-11-01
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De'Athe, Pearl
Marjorie Bampton
B: 1922-04-15
D: 2017-10-30
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Bampton, Marjorie

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Funeral Preplanning Guide

Take care of all the funeral pre-arrangement details and give you and your family the peace-of-mind you deserve.

When is the best time to preplan your funeral?

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The best time to begin making your prearrangements is now, while you're thinking about it. While some people in their 40's and 50's may think it's too early to preplan, people who do say that prearranging their funerals is smart financial planning and gives them added peace of mind knowing they aren't leaving this burden to family members.
 
By taking time now to gather information and making choices related to your own funeral arrangements, you'll help to lessen some of the stress making funeral arrangements can create.

Pre-Paying

There are a growing number of options available to the public today when seeking to preplan and prepay their final wishes. We would be pleased to outline the choices available to tailor a plan that's right for you. 
 
Pre-paying can protect you and your family from inflation while providing the piece of mind of knowing that your funeral plans have been taken care of. 

How to Preplan a Funeral

Here's a break-down of the process:

  • Set goals
  • Review limitations
  • Look at available options
  • Weigh the pros and cons of each option
  • Talk to others about the best options
  • Arrive at a final decision

In the case of funeral pre-arrangement, another two important steps are involved:

  • Write out your plan with as many details as possible.
  • Send your plan to the funeral home and provide a copy to your executor.

There are two ways for you to complete your funeral pre-arrangement plan.

Taking Care of Finances and Property

  • Create a contact list of everyone who should be notified in a medical emergency or death including the name of your funeral home.
  • Give your executor(s) a copy of your will and the contact list.
  • Give your executor(s) a list of bank and investment accounts, creditors, mortgage or lien information, insurance policies, retirement plans, safe deposit boxes, real and personal properties of value, and all related telephone numbers.
  • If you are receiving benefits from Canada Pension Plan, Old Age Security or the Veterans' Administration, your executor needs that information to suspend benefit payments.
  • Select someone you trust to deal with your online accounts: email, online memberships, and social media. Include all relevant information and whether or not they should delete, close, or keep any of the accounts.

Taking Care of Funeral-Related Details

We suggest the following:

  • Make note of all the details you want mentioned in your obituary. You could even take this one step further and write your own obituary.
  • State, in writing, your preferences for burial or cremation.
  • If burial is preferred, provide the details of the cemetery arrangements. If you have not purchased a burial plot, this is the time to do so.
  • If you have chosen burial, what type of casket would you like? Should it be made of wood, metal, or composite materials?
  • If you choose cremation, what do you want done with the ashes?
  • Would you like a traditional funeral, memorial service, or celebration-of-life?
  • If you'd like a celebration-of-life, what location would you suggest for this event?
  • What special activities would you prefer at a celebration-of-life?
  • What music or special readings would you prefer?
  • What type and colours of flowers would you prefer?
  • Would you like to select a charitable organization to receive donations in your name?

Record Your Wishes

There are many benefits to end-of-life planning. Here are the top ten reasons why you  should consider making your funeral arrangements ahead of time:

  1. It means there will be fewer opportunities for argument and indecision about your funeral arrangements among family members after you're gone.
  2. Your survivors will never have to worry about doing the wrong thing when finalizing your funeral arrangements. You will have told them exactly what you want.
  3. No mistakes and no oversights. After you're gone, everything will be done your way.
  4. You have peace-of-mind now knowing that we will follow through with your wishes.
  5. After your death, no one can make any decisions you wouldn't want.
  6. Funeral pre-planning is the responsible thing to do. It removes the burden from family members.
  7. You can make complex decisions ahead of time when you have the time to think things through.
  8. Funeral pre-planning can involve pre-payment. This will save your family money and avoid any financial burdens.
  9. Funeral pre-planning involves an awareness of the reality of death.
  10. You are almost guaranteed to get what you want.

Taking Care of Your Pets

funeral pre planning dogIf you share your life with animal companions, you should think about who you would like to take care of your pets. Consult with the person to see if this is something they are interested in doing for you and then write down your intentions and include all contact information. This should be signed and witnessed, and then given to your executor.

Final Tasks in Funeral Pre-Planning

In addition to your will, the contact list, and the list of all your online account login details and related documents should be provided to your executor.

Finally, you may want to consider paying ahead of time for your funeral choices. Speak to us about how your pre-payment monies will be handled.

Using the Online Pre Planning Tool

This website features Pre-Arrange Online, a step-by-step interactive form that can be used to record your end-of-life plan and send the completed form to our staff for safekeeping. You'll be asked to create an account with a username and password so you can login at any time to complete or change the plan.

Turn to the Professionals

Many people are more comfortable making these decisions with funeral professionals. If you would like us to help, call us at 204-949-2200 or send us an email using the Contact Us form.