Obituaries

Margeruite Steadman
B: 1950-01-12
D: 2017-11-16
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Steadman, Margeruite
Sharon Lapointe
B: 1960-03-31
D: 2017-11-16
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Lapointe, Sharon
Constance Hofmeister
B: 1957-12-03
D: 2017-11-15
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Hofmeister, Constance
Keith Mettlewsky
B: 1958-11-18
D: 2017-11-14
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Mettlewsky, Keith
Douglas Miskulin
B: 1949-02-04
D: 2017-11-14
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Miskulin, Douglas
Nickolai Gawryletz
B: 1934-06-08
D: 2017-11-14
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Gawryletz, Nickolai
Vivian Breti
B: 1938-02-20
D: 2017-11-13
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Breti, Vivian
Donald Wolanick
B: 1955-12-08
D: 2017-11-12
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Wolanick, Donald
Willie Mah
B: 1932-01-14
D: 2017-11-12
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Mah, Willie
Noella de Montigny
B: 1927-02-08
D: 2017-11-11
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de Montigny, Noella
Percy Lepke
B: 1930-05-21
D: 2017-11-10
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Lepke, Percy
Donald Groves
B: 1946-04-12
D: 2017-11-10
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Groves, Donald
Jimmie Krisa
B: 1941-03-21
D: 2017-11-09
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Krisa, Jimmie
Jane Rahilly
B: 1920-10-15
D: 2017-11-08
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Rahilly, Jane
Barry Johnston
B: 1956-10-12
D: 2017-11-08
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Johnston, Barry
Isaac Dyck
B: 1935-07-05
D: 2017-11-06
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Dyck, Isaac
Richard New
B: 1956-05-08
D: 2017-11-05
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New, Richard
Douglas Lausen
B: 1948-09-08
D: 2017-11-05
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Lausen, Douglas
Kim Lam
B: 1945-01-21
D: 2017-11-05
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Lam, Kim
Allan Smith
B: 1959-11-26
D: 2017-11-05
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Smith, Allan
Ralph Engerdahl
B: 1952-07-10
D: 2017-11-04
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Engerdahl, Ralph

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When You Meet with the Funeral Director

Typically within the first 24 - 48 hours of your loved one’s death, you will need to meet with a Funeral Director to begin the service arrangements. This is often called “the arrangement conference.”

We understand that this will likely be a difficult time for you and your family. We will take the time to discuss all of your wishes, options and costs and do everything that we can to make this difficult time a little bit easier. We will guide you in making all of the necessary decisions in an un-rushed, no pressure environment.


Would You Like Someone With You When We Meet?

Perhaps you’d like another member of the family to be with you for the arrangement conference. Or maybe you’d rather have a friend, or close neighbor join you in the first meeting. While it’s not necessary to have someone with you, sometimes just having someone there for moral support, or for another opinion or viewpoint can be very beneficial.

Please don’t hesitate to ask someone to join you. Chances are they will be honoured at your request, and gladly step up to help you during this time. When you ask, be sure to tell them that if they do not feel comfortable doing so, you’ll understand.
 

Who is Responsible for Making the Decisions?

It is important to know exactly who is legally responsible for making the service arrangement decisions for a loved one. If the deceased has not expressed their wishes through a written Last Will and Testament, where the deceased has designated an executor to fulfill their wishes; then the chain of command is as follows:

  • the spouse or adult interdependent partner of the deceased if the spouse or adult interdependent partner was living with the deceased at the time of death
  • an adult child of the deceased
  • a parent of the deceased
  • a guardian of the deceased under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act or, if the deceased is a minor, under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act or the Family Law Act
  • an adult grandchild of the deceased
  • an adult brother or sister of the deceased
  • an adult nephew or niece of the deceased
  • an adult next of kin of the deceased determined on the basis provided by sections 67 and 68 of the Wills and Succession Act
  • the Public Trustee
  • an adult person having some relationship with the deceased not based on blood ties or affinity
  • the Minister of Human Services

 

The person designated as the responsible party, whoever they may be, needs to be present to make decisions, and sign documents. If you have questions about the accepted kinship-related order of precedence, or are unclear as to who is the responsible person in funeral planning, call us.


Should Someone Else be Included in Making the Arrangements?

While assigning responsibility is an important part of service planning, it’s also very important to include any children, friends, or other family who would like to be a part of arranging the funeral. Despite the fact that they may not have any legal decision-making rights, their input could be very valuable to the process. 

Assisting in making the final service arrangement decisions can be very healing, and help someone come to terms with the loss. If there are people in your life who you feel should be asked to participate, make sure you ask them. They can always decline.


Have You Gathered the Necessary Documents?

Life and death are full of legalities. When a loved one dies, it is not just an emotional matter for those left behind; it is a legal one which requires the timely completion of paperwork. We will look after the necessary paperwork, which involves obtaining the Medical Certificate of Death, compiling and registering the death with Vital Statistics, obtaining the necessary permits for burial or cremation, completing the applications for the CPP death benefits, and providing unlimited copies of the death certificate to settle the estate. 

These documents need to be completed as accurately as possible.  If it is possible to have the information at the initial meeting with us, we can start the entire process immediately.  If you need time to gather the information, we will let you know which information is vital, and which can wait until you have the time to gather everything.  We realize that in some cases the information might not be known, and as such may need to be recorded as "unknown". 

To assist the funeral home in preparing all the necessary documents, it’s helpful to have the following items:

  • Deceased's Birth Certificate
  • Deceased's SIN number
  • Deceased's Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  • Spouse's Birth Certificate (if applicabe for CPP Benefits)
  • Spouse's Social Insurance Number (if applicable for CPP Benefits)
  • Social Insurance Number and birth certificates of any minor children, or children under the age of 25 years if attending post-secondary education (if applicable for CPP Benefits)
  • Deceased's funeral pre-arrangement documents (if applicable)

Other information to consider gathering:

  • Photo(s) for obituary, website, memorial stationery, hairdressing/cosmetics, and video tribute
  • Any personal items that you would like to place in the casket or cremation container to send with your loved one
  • Clothing for the burial or cremation.  Even if the choice is for cremation with no viewing, most often families like to choose a favourite item for their loved one to be cremated in
  • Biographical and historical information for the obituary (we will help you write it)

While this list may seem overwhelming, there is no urgent rush to get everything prior to our meeting.  If you are missing some items, we will provide you with a list of what still needs to be done,

If you have questions about the legal documents you should bring with you, please contact us.