In the event of a death

Funeral Home Services in Sydney, NS

When a death occurs, it is important that the funeral home be notified as soon as possible.  If you are traveling or on holidays when a sudden death occurs, you do not have to go to an unfamiliar funeral home in a place where you do not know anyone. The only funeral home that has to be called is your local Funeral Home in Sydney. We can have arrangements made to bring the deceased home from anywhere around the world. Regardless of where the death has occurred, locally or in another country, the following is a brief list of the immediate things that have to be done.

  1. Call Sydney Memorial Chapel: (902) 539-0500
  1. Inform Sydney Memorial Chapel of the following information:

    - Who you are
    - Your telephone number
    - Who has passed away, and at what time
    - Where the deceased is located
    - The cause of death, if known, and the Physician’s name
    - Make an appointment immediately with Sydney Memorial Chapel

  2. Notify Your Clergy or Ask Us To Do This For You
  3. Gather information for the Death Certificate:

    - Full name of the deceased
    - Street Address
    - Occupation
    - Date and place of birth
    - Social Insurance/Health Card Number
    - Marital status
    - Father's name and birthplace
    - Mother's name, maiden name and birthplace

  4. Select clothing and personal items for the deceased:

    - Several recent photographs
    - Full set of clothing, including undergarments
    - Eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
    - Jewelery
    - Religious symbols (Rosary, Masonic Emblems, etc.)

  5. Gather Information for Death Notice: Sydney Memorial Chapel will normally write the article and submit to the newspaper(s).
  6. Decide an appropriate memorial to which gifts can be made.
  7. Select Pallbearers.
  8. Make a list and contact by telephone:

    - Immediate family
    - Close friends
    - Employer or business colleagues
    - Lawyer

  1. Locate the will and notify the lawyer and executor.

  2. Arrange for members of the family or close friends to take turns answering door or telephone. Keep a careful record of all calls.

  3. Arrange for childcare, if necessary.

  4. Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.

  5. Check and notify:

    - All Life Insurance Company(s)
    - Death benefits
    - Investment Company
    - Bank, Trust Company or Credit Union
    - Trade Union
    - Fraternal Organizations
    - Military organizations (Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars)

  1. Prepare a list of distant persons to be notified.

  2. Old Age Security cancellation & Canada Pension Applications for death benefit, spousal allowance and orphans benefit. Sydney Memorial Chapel will supply forms and aid in completion.

  3. If checks are automatic deposit, notify bank of death. Check with Old Age Security at (800) 277-9914 to see that number is retired, and for possible additional benefits such as Widowed Spouses Allowance and Guaranteed Income Supplement.
  1. If the deceased was living alone, notify:

    - Landlord
    - Utility companies
    - Post Office - forwarding address