Dealing with the death of a loved one is never easy. The funeral director can assist with registering the death and obtaining Death Certificates but there are many other things to take care of during this difficult time. For instance, cancelling identification cards to make sure that nobody can open credit in the deceased’s name. In this blog, we will share some key logistical items (with links to checklists) that should be addressed following the death of a loved one.

Before we begin, while Consumer Protection BC does license and regulate the funeral industry, most of the content covered in this blog is not overseen by us. We would like to credit Service Canada and the Province of British Columbia websites for the information provided in this blog post.

1. Obtain a death certificate

After the funeral director registers the death, anyone can apply for a death certificate. A few different ways are listed here on the Province of British Columbia website.

2. Cancel government benefits and various IDs

Various links for these are listed on Service Canada’s website.

  • Pensions and benefits including Old Age Security, Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance and tax-related payments
  • Personal identification including passport, heath cards and driver’s licence
  • Social Insurance Number

3. Check to see if you are eligible for benefits

You may want to find out if you are eligible to receive survivor or death benefits. The Government of Canada has information on this topic.

4. Manage personal finances

If you are acting as an executor or administrator, you are responsible for the deceased’s finances. If the deceased had a legal representative (for example, a lawyer or an accountant), this person may help you with the process. The Government of Canada has information about being an estate representative.

Service BC also has this bereavement checklist (PDF) as a tool to assist with identifying key federal departments and provincial ministries to notify of a death to terminate benefits and services or to initiate benefits for survivors.

We hope this information was helpful!

ADDITIONAL READING:

Cemetery and funeral services: do you know your rights?
Are you allowed to mail cremated remains?
Have you had “The Talk?” Top 5 things you need to know about funeral services