Authorizing the transfer of the deceased
The Cremation, Interment and Funeral Services Act details who is able to authorize the transfer of the deceased. While plans can be made in advance, the actual authorization must be provided to the funeral provider after the death has occurred. If the first person on the list is not able or is not available to provide authorization, the funeral provider may continue to work through the list of possible parties until authorization is received. The funeral provider is obligated by law to follow this procedure diligently.
When death occurs away from home
Should a death occur when you are away from home, it is wise to contact the funeral director in your community. The funeral director will act on your behalf and help coordinate all the details required in order to have the deceased transferred back to their hometown. If you are in another country where there may be language or cultural barriers, it is recommended that if logistically possible, you contact the nearest Canadian Consulate.
The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) offers an enquiries service and an excellent brochure called “Bon Voyage But …” Call 800-267-8376 for a free copy of this brochure or visit the DFATD website.