Obituaries

John Bagacki
B: 1934-02-07
D: 2018-10-13
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Bagacki, John
John Stewart
B: 1935-04-13
D: 2018-10-12
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Stewart, John
Frederick Stephenson
B: 1926-08-23
D: 2018-10-11
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Stephenson, Frederick
Henry Dallmeier
B: 1930-02-26
D: 2018-10-11
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Dallmeier, Henry
Allen Anderson
B: 1956-03-26
D: 2018-10-10
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Anderson, Allen
Nikolas Loukopoulos
B: 1942-06-28
D: 2018-10-09
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Loukopoulos, Nikolas
Monique Everton
B: 1957-08-15
D: 2018-10-04
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Everton, Monique
Norbert Hutlet
B: 1948-11-19
D: 2018-10-04
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Hutlet, Norbert
Richard Hebert
B: 1954-09-26
D: 2018-10-02
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Hebert, Richard
Michael Hyska
B: 1929-12-05
D: 2018-10-01
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Hyska, Michael
Noel Shepherd
B: 1941-03-30
D: 2018-09-30
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Shepherd, Noel
William Kohut
B: 1944-09-05
D: 2018-09-29
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Kohut, William
William Dong
B: 1936-08-14
D: 2018-09-28
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Dong, William
Alva Cowan
B: 1932-02-20
D: 2018-09-26
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Cowan, Alva
Lyle Wark
B: 1928-06-11
D: 2018-09-26
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Wark, Lyle
Dorothy Forrest
B: 1933-04-24
D: 2018-09-25
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Forrest, Dorothy
Francis Richard
B: 1957-10-11
D: 2018-09-25
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Richard, Francis
Marlene Drury
B: 1948-06-30
D: 2018-09-25
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Drury, Marlene
Colleen Jessiman
B: 1948-11-31
D: 2018-09-23
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Jessiman, Colleen
Frank Orestes
B: 1928-10-30
D: 2018-09-22
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Orestes, Frank
Aileen Fiddler
B: 1922-07-26
D: 2018-09-20
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Fiddler, Aileen

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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?

advance directives notebook with pencilsAdvance Directives

We spend a lot of time talking about the importance of living responsibly, which involves preparing for the realities of life. While we believe making the decisions involved in funeral pre-planning is one reflection of a responsible mindset, we also know the critical importance of completing an advance directive.

What is an Advance Directive?

Sometimes called advance care directives, these document ensure that your wishes will be carried out in the future.

An advance care directive is "used to document your care wishes so your substitute decision-maker can refer to it when making care decisions for you in the future, if and when you can't make those decisions for yourself." When properly signed and witnessed, an advance care directive will provide guidance for medical and health care decisions in the event the individual becomes incompetent and can no longer make such decisions.

Other Things to Know about Advance Directives

  • Governing laws vary so be sure to obtain an advance directive that complies with your province's laws.
  • You do not need an attorney to complete an advance directive.
  • If you reside in more than one province, you should complete an advance directive for each province where you spend a significant amount of time.
  • There are no time limitations on advance directives. A signed advance directive remains in force until a new one is completed.
  • Periodically review your advance directive to make sure it still reflects your desires. If it doesn't, don't try to amend it; simply complete a new one.
  • Paramedics and emergency medical technicians cannot recognize or honour a living will or medical power of attorney. They are obligated to do their best to stabilize the patient and get them to the hospital. When you are in the care of hospital personnel, your advance directive becomes valid.

What's Involved in Preparing an Advance Directive?

Dying with Dignity Canada explains that "writing an Advance Care Plan involves much more than simply filling out a form. It is essential to take time for reflection and discussion to ensure your Plan reflects your values, beliefs and wishes."

There are many resources available online to assist and guide you in writing your Advance Directive. 

Where to Obtain an Advance Directive Form

It's fairly easy to get a copy of the Manitoba advance care directive form. Your local hospital is a reliable source, as federal law requires every hospital to not only provide information about advance directives to people in their service area, they are also required to share valuable information about the related laws in your province. Contact your local hospital to learn more. Your family physician may also have advance directive forms available for patients.

Dying with Dignity Canada also offers Advance Care Planning Kits to assist you in making your advance care directive. 

Your Digital Legacy

Social Media has changed how we talk to one another, and has made the world much smaller.

We all know that 'getting our affairs in order' means banks and property and a Will.

Do you know that it also means you need to take care of what you do on the Web?

It is important that someone is aware of ALL your passwords. Don't forget the ones that lock your phone, tablets or other devices too.

You also should be aware of your digital rights and the policies of the providers when it comes to closing accounts or access.

Also take a look into how we can honour your loved one with an online memorial

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. 

Source:

www.seniors.gov.on.ca
www.dyingwithdignity.ca