The following information includes steps that take place following a death of a loved one
to help families know what to expect.

Pronouncement of death:

When death occurs a doctor must officially pronounce the death by completing a medical of death certificate. Once that is done, our funeral home can be contacted to transfer your loved one into our care.

Death at a hospital, nursing home or hospice:
Care facility staff will contact the next of kin upon death, if they are not already present. A doctor will pronounce the death and then the funeral home can be contacted by either the staff at the care facility or the next of kin.

Death at a residence:
If an unexpected death occurs, call 911. Emergency staff will attend and a doctor with a coroner designation will pronounce the death. The funeral home can then be contacted and the deceased will either be transferred to the funeral home or to a morgue for autopsy if required.

Death at a residence for expected death:
If a person is at home with a terminal illness and has set up an E.D.I.T.H. plan (expected death in the home) with Community Care Access Centre, then a nurse practitioner can be contacted to pronounce the death. Then the funeral home can be contacted.

Setting up a time to meet with the funeral director:

The funeral director and the next of kin (executor, if there is a will) set up a time to meet. This meeting can take place at the funeral home or at the family’s home. The purpose of this meeting to discuss the type of funeral service that will take place, including dates and times for burial or cremation, and type of gathering the family would prefer, visitation, funeral service, place of burial, reception and select items such as a memorial cards, casket, cremation container, urn and/or cemetery casket or urn vault. The Death announcement can be composed at this time as well as discussion of ways to personalize the funeral. Necessary documentation is completed along with the funeral contract that explains costs involved. Because we are in St. Marys, oftentimes we are fortunate to have the minister, that is asked to officiate, to stop in so that the family can talk face to face regarding any service requests. And our local florists are always available to drop by to discuss flowers. If cemetery property needs to be purchased, we either set up a time for the family to meet at the cemetery with the cemetery caretaker or we order the plot purchase.
Things to bring in for the arrangement meeting:

Information about the deceased to complete documentation:

  • Full Name of deceased
  • Address of deceased
  • Social Insurance number
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Marital status
  • Occupation (what type of work the deceased did for the majority of their working career)
  • Father’s name and place of birth, mother name (including maiden name) and place of birth
  • Name and contact information to executor(s)

Clothing: Clothing is necessary if there is going to be a viewing, items like under garments are recommended. If there is going to be no viewing and direct cremation or burial is to take place, bringing in clothing is optional.

Pictures: Pictures of the deceased, including one that could be used on the memorial card or with a newspaper notice. Additional pictures can be brought in to be on display either on the funeral home website or at the funeral service. The Hodges Funeral Home can scan pictures to later be on a screen –we do not charge for this service, no matter how many pictures need to be scanned.-