What Happens Next?

On average people in British Columbia have a death once every 8 years. Since it's not something people deal with every day, we want to provide you with some information on what typically happens before, during and after the time of need.


Funeral Planning

We may not want to talk about it, but death is inevitable. And planning for an eventuality is just wise. That's why we purchase home and auto insurance, we carry life insurance and we save for retirement and our children's education. It's the same when it comes to prearranging your funeral.

There are two primary reasons to pre-plan your funeral, to set guidelines and expectations and to control costs. When done well, the peace of mind which follows is invaluable.

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Estate Plan

A funeral plan is just one of several components of a well-done Estate Plan. An Estate Plan will help your family settle your affairs when you die and will provide guidance in situations where you are not able to speak for yourself. A well done Estate Plan covers different situations that may arise. We recommend that people look into creating several other documents, namely a Will, Power of Attorney, Representation Agreement and a Living Will.

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Initial Arrangement Consultation

The Initial Arrangement Consultation is designed to introduce you to our staff and our facility, and to secure the transition for care of the deceased's body to our location. We want you to feel comfortable at our funeral home.

If you have not pre-planned, the Initial Arrangement Consultation would take place with your loved ones after your passing. If you have prearranged your funeral, introductions would have been done then, and we would refer to the existing plan when we meet with your family to start to fill in the details. Needless to say, the Initial Arrangement Consultation is easier and less stressful for your family when you have pre-planned and put the guidelines in place.

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Burial or Cremation

The Memorial Event, be it a funeral service, a memorial service, a celebration of life - whatever terminology you may want to use - has some important elements to it.

The first is the care for and the disposition of the body. In Canada the body can be laid to rest in one of two ways, burial or cremation. In the act of burying we memorialize or in other words establish a place of permanent remembrance. Cremation, on the other hand, is not an end in itself. Once it is done it still leaves the question open of "What's next?" Where will these cremated remains now be placed and memorialized?

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The Memorial Event

We mark and celebrate different occasions throughout our life. We commonly celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and graduations. The memorial event or service is the final celebration of the story and the life that was lived. And a good memorial event will be able to accurately capture and share that story in a memorable, sincere and meaningful way. A vital component of any good service will be the telling of the story of the life of the deceased.

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The Reception

The final component of a good Memorial Event, which typically takes place later in the day after a traditional funeral or memorial service (link to funeral vs memorial video), is the reception. There is the saying goodbye that takes place during the funeral service, and it begs the question of "What's next?" The reception is the time when we begin to address that. It's that transition time between the sad reality of the day and that life moves forward, there is more to come.

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Find a funeral home like Springfield, where you can trust the people, where you can feel comfortable working with people who will help you celebrate your loved one in a way that will honour and bless them and the family.

- Ramona Sousa


Grief Counselling

We at Springfield Funeral Home believe that our work is not done at the end of the funeral service. We know that when someone passes away there are many things that need to be taken care of after the service. We also know that it's an incredibly difficult time for the family that has lost a loved one. We offer assistance with paperwork, counselling and ongoing support to those who want it.

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We offer help and assistance with paperwork as well. Mary Anne Ward is a lady on our staff who will fill out all the forms for the Canada Pension, Old Age Security and the Death Benefits under the Canada Pension Plan. The Death Benefits can be up to $2,500. And we work to help you realize the maximum amount that you qualify for. It's just another little thing that we do to make your life a little bit easier after losing a loved one.

And of course we are always available if you need to talk. Just pick up the phone or visit Springfield Funeral Home and we'd be glad to help you in any way that we can.