There are a number of formalities that Springfield Funeral Home takes serious responsibility for.
All funeral homes are agents for Vital Statistics. So it’s our job to gather the pertinent information, uh, register the death and produce a death certificate, so that the family can settle their loved one’s affairs. We, we gather information such as where they were born, when they were born, who their parents were and where they were born. Those, that’s information that Vital Statistics wants.
We, um, place the obituary in the paper. Uh, that way the newspaper knows it’s coming from a legitimate source. And other parts of the service, boy where do you start? Where do you stop? Uh, planning the cars, the service, the place, the flowers, the food, the clergy, the person who will be, uh, celebrating the service or MC-ing it, musicians, music, DVD tribute. I could just go on and on.
Just uh, try to imagine all of the details and the logistics and the planning, invitations, and the pulling off and people management of what goes into a beautiful wedding. Um, now try to do that in about a three to five day period of time, and that’s essentially what we do.
We have to, um, notify CPP – that’s Canada Pension and Old Age Security. Uhm, sometimes if there is a coroner involved, coroner’s forms. We also help people collect the Death Benefits from CPP.
Our funeral home actually goes that extra mile. We have a lady on staff who is a family care counsellor. She even does the Canada Pension Death Benefits, which a lot of people are unaware of, could be up to $2,500. We fill in all those forms guaranteeing that you’ll get the maximum amount that’s coming to you.
It would be a sad day when funeral service just became a processing of bodies. Uh, to take the time and the sensitivity to realize that everyone was a unique life that was lived and there was a preciousness to that person, and that their body – though a shell of that – needs to be treated with dignity and honour and respect.