When a death occurs, the first thing you should do is call MARSHALL W. DRIVER CREMATION & BURIAL SERVICE. We are on call 24 hours a day. If the funeral has been prearranged, we can proceed immediately with carrying out the wishes of the deceased. If there are no pre-arrangements on file, we will set an appointment to discuss the funeral details from the comfort of your home or our office. This usually takes about one hour to complete. We are here to answer your questions and assist you.
When a death occurs, a Medical Certificate of Death must be completed by the physician or coroner. The certificate must be completed before we are permitted to transfer the deceased to the funeral home.
This may be your first involvement in making funeral arrangements. There are many things to consider during the planning. As a funeral service provider, it is our role to provide direction, options and carry out the many duties involved in the funeral, whether it is a basic, simple, traditional service, burial or cremation.
During the arrangements, we will obtain the necessary vital statistics, confirm the type of services preferred and compose the death notice. The selection of a casket, vault or urn will also be made by the family during the arrangements. Inserting death notices in newspapers, contacting the clergy, and making arrangements with the cemetery or crematorium are just a few of the many duties we may carry out on the family's behalf. Depending on the type of funeral selected, there may be up to 80 man hours and 100 different items and duties the Funeral Director will provide.
We will also pay many of the cash disbursements normally associated with the funeral.
Government Assistance or Social Services will, in most cases, cover the cost of the funeral for a person that has been receiving assistance from them. They also specify the type of service and casket you will receive. It should be noted, however, Social Services will try to recover all costs related to funeral expenses from the deceased's estate, through CPP benefits or insurance policies.
If the deceased's affairs have been handled by The Public Guardian and Trustee, they will determine the amount that is available for funeral expenses. This does not mean that the family cannot be involved in the funeral arrangements.
In both cases Marshall W. Driver Cremation & Burial Service is required to obtain a pre-authorized consent from the government agency before we can proceed.