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How to Donate Your Body to Scientific Research

demise Oct 14, 2020

I want to donate my body to scientific research rather than having a funeral. Am I allowed to do this? 

When we die, it can be a concern that what we want to happen to our body may not take place. In this post, we will look at donating your body for scientific research in Alberta, whether this is possible, and what the chances are that your body will be accepted.  

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What is the criteria for medical assistance in dying?

demise personal directive Feb 12, 2020

Since June 2017 Medical Assistance in Dying has been legal in Alberta.

On June 17, 2016, the Federal parliament in Ottawa passed an Act that amended the Criminal Code so that Medical Assistance in Dying is permitted in Canada. This change occurred because by the Supreme Court of Canada's decision in Carter v. Canada (Carter 2015) ...

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Do you need a casket to be cremated?

demise Jan 29, 2020

Caskets are for burial and cremation. Caskets can be made out of materials, from solid hardwood to metal.

A casket can be cremated but most people chose to purchase a cremation container. These containers are used for cremation only. The purpose of a cremation container is to accommodate the deceased in a dignified manner allowing for placement in the cremation chamber. The container is...

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What do you do if you find a body?

demise Aug 07, 2019

Our staff was at the West End Seniors Association Bigger Bolder Better Symposium the beginning of June. We had lots of questions about revising wills and probate but one of the top questions we received was  - WHAT TO DO IF YOU FIND A BODY. I have to say my staff was stumped by this question, and we thought dial 911? Call the funeral home? Call the police? None of these answers...

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How to Write a Basic Eulogy

demise Jan 30, 2019

Our office was contacted by a 32-year-old client who was attempting to deal with her father's estate. She had found the process quite complicated and confusing, especially given that she had never attended a funeral before.

Our client was overwhelmed, and the thought of writing her fathers eulogy was more then she could handle. Our office walked her through our executor's handbook, a document...

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Flying With Cremated Remains

demise Jan 23, 2019

Our office once dealt with an estate where the dying mothers wish was to be cremated and her remains returned to Prince Edward Island. After her death, her three grieving sons booked a flight out estate to spread their mother's ashes on red beaches of PEI. They had mom cremated and thought that taking her in their carry on bag would be the best way to transport her. Imagine their...

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Should you preplan your funeral?

demise Oct 24, 2018

Preplanning your funeral can act as a gift for your family when you are no longer around. In addition to the grief that they will be experiencing as a result of your passing, your family and friends may stress over the details of planning a funeral. They may be uncertain as to whether or not you would have wanted particular services or may be concerned about your approval. By preplanning...

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