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The overwhelming feelings of despair, disbelief, shock, and numbness caused by the passing of a loved one cannot be conveyed by mere words. Even when the death is expected, the pain that loss brings can still be devastating.  In truth, no one is completely prepared for the death of someone close to their heart.

During this difficult time, there are decisions to be made immediately, arrangements to be coordinated, and a lot of things to be considered for your loved one’s final farewell. We understand how this may feel overwhelming, especially with the grief you’re feeling over the loss. Please know that we are here to help and support you. 

On this page, we’ve put together helpful information to guide you through this process.

1. Call Adams Funeral Home (506) 773-3492

2. Inform us of the following information:

  • Who you are
  • Your telephone number
  • Who has passed away, and at what time
  • Where the deceased is located
  • The Physician’s name

3. Make an appointment immediately with Adams Funeral Home

4. Notify your clergy

5. Gather information for the Death Certificate:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Street Address
  • Occupation
  • Date and place of birth
  • Social Insurance/Medicare Number
  • Marital status
  • Father's name and birthplace
  • Mother's name and mother's maiden name and birthplace
  • Select clothing and personal items for the deceased.
  • Several recent photographs
  • Full set of clothing, including undergarments
  • Eyeglasses, dentures, etc.
  • Jewelry
  • Religious symbols (cross, rosary, etc.)

6. Gather Obituary Information. 
Adams Funeral Home will normally write the article and submit to the newspaper(s).

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

(Church, Hospice, Library, School, or Charity)

8. Select Pallbearers.

9. Make a list and contact by telephone:

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

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.
Adams 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:

  • Landlord
  • Utility companies
  • Post Office - forwarding address

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