“Where Do I Begin?”
This is one of the questions we get asked the most. For some, it’s the first time they’re facing the shock of losing a loved one, and the mere thought of arranging a funeral can be daunting and overwhelming. Working with Circle of Life makes the process that much easier. Simply follow these steps to help turn an intimidating process into a calming journey.
1. Simply call us as soon as you find out your loved one has passed away at 905-628-8558 – we are available 24/7 offering a compassionate ear and helping hand.
2. We will make arrangements to have your loved one placed in our care, whether they’re at the hospital, nursing home, hospice, or anywhere else in Ontario.
3. We will meet you at Circle of Life to discuss whether you would like to have your loved one cremated or buried. We’ll also make all necessary arrangements such as choosing the cremation or burial casket and funeral venue.
4. Let us help you get all the necessary forms completed, such as Provincial forms including CPP death benefits, Health Card cancellation, an Estate Checklist to guide you in your final tasks, and an unlimited number of Proof of Death Certificates. Already made arrangements with another funeral home? We can assist you with transferring any prearrangements to Circle of Life.
What to Expect When You Arrive at the Funeral Home
You and your family will be greeted at the door and shown into the arrangement office. You will be guided through the entire arrangement process, according to your wishes. This is not a one-way conversation; we want to hear your ideas and desires, and use them as the foundation for the arrangement process.
Going Through the Checklist:
We understand that when someone has passed away, paperwork is the last thing on your mind. And while we do need certain information, we work hard to make this process fast and seamless so you can get back to being with your family as quickly as possible. While we’ll need some information when you first contact Circle of Life, the rest might only be required later.
These are the most important questions we need to know about the deceased.
• Their name
• Their date of passing
• Their Social Insurance Number
• Their location and phone number or address (hospital, hospice, home, or nursing facility)
• Their legal address
• Their date and place of birth
• Their occupation and place of employment (if your loved one was retired, you can simply let us know their occupation before they retired)
• Their father’s name, mother’s name, and maiden name
• Their parents’ birthplaces
• Their marital status
• If they were married or in common-law, please provide us with their spouse’s name and maiden name
• The informant’s name (person giving information), address, and relationship to your loved one
• If there is a last will and testament, who is/are the named executor(s)?
• The burial plot information (including cemetery deeds or licence, telephone numbers of contact persons)
• The surviving spouse’s birthdate, birthplace and Social Insurance Number (for CPP Survivor Pension Benefit)