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. 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 Wiseman's Funeral Home

2.    Inform Wiseman's Funeral Home 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 Wiseman's Funeral Home

3.    Notify Your Clergy or Ask Us To Do This For You

4.    Gather information for the Death Certificate:

Full name of the deceased

Street Address


Date and place of birth

Social Insurance/Health Card Number

Marital status

Father's name and birthplace

Mother's name and mother's maiden name and birthplace

5.     Select clothing and personal items for the deceased.

Several recent photographs

Full set of clothing, including undergarments

Eyeglasses, dentures, etc.


Religious symbols (Rosary, Masonic Emblems, etc.)

6.     Gather Information for Death Notice: Wiseman's Funeral Home will normally write the article and submit to the newspaper(s) and Local Radio Station.

7.     Decide an appropriate memorial to which gifts can be made.

8.     Select Pallbearers.

9.     Make a list and contact by telephone:

Immediate family

Close friends

Employer or business colleagues


10.     Locate the will and notify the Lawyer and Executor.

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

12.     Arrange for childcare, if necessary.

13.     Arrange hospitality for visiting relatives and friends.

14.     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)

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

16.     Old Age Security cancellation & Canada Pension Applications for death benefit, spousal allowance and orphans benefit. Wiseman's Funeral Home will supply forms and aid in completion.

17.     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.

18.     If deceased was living alone, notify:

Utility companies

Post Office - forwarding address