5 (1) Subject to this section and section 8 (3) (b) (i) [requirement for authorization before funeral services or disposition], the right of a person to control the disposition of the human remains or cremated remains vests in, and devolves on, the following persons in order of priority: (a) the personal representative named in the will of the deceased; (b) the spouse of the deceased; (c) an adult child of the deceased; (d) an adult grandchild of the deceased; (e) if the deceased was a minor, a person who was a guardian who had care and control of the deceased at the date of death; (f) a parent of the deceased; (g) an adult sibling of the deceased; (h) an adult nephew or niece of the deceased; (i) an adult next of kin of the deceased, determined on the basis provided by section 23 (5) of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act; (j) the minister under the Employment and Assistance Act, or if the Public Guardian and Trustee is administering the estate of the deceased under the Wills, Estates and Succession Act, the Public Guardian and Trustee; (k) an adult person having a personal or kinship relationship with the deceased, other than those referred to in paragraphs (b) to (d) and (f) to (i).
(2) If the person at the top of the order of priority set out in subsection (1) is unavailable or unwilling to give instructions, the right to give instructions passes to the person who is next in priority.
(3) If, under subsection (1), the right to control the disposition of human remains or cremated remains passes to persons of equal rank, the order of priority (a) is determined in accordance with an agreement between or among them, or (b) in the absence of an agreement referred to in paragraph (a), begins with the eldest of the persons and descends in order of age. (4) A person claiming that he or she should be given the sole right to control the disposition of the human remains or cremated remains may apply to the Supreme Court for an order regarding that right.
Step 3. Prepare for the arrangement
Determine who is the person in charge, by locating the will, if there is one or by reviewing section 5 of the BC CIFSA above..
Determine how payment will be provided: prepaid, cash, cheque, e-transfer, or credit card (processing fee). We work with the Ministry of Social Development, BC's Public Guardian and Trustee, Indian Affairs and Last Post Fund
Find an appropriate set of clothing for the deceased, to be given to the Funeral Director.
Find several quality photos of the deceased to be shared with Ancient Burials.
Write down any thoughts for obituary/eulogy discussion.
Write down any questions you wish to ask us. There are no unusual questions. Please ask us whatever is on your mind.
Step 4. Meet to finalize details and make payment arrangements.
We travel to meet you. Simply let us know where and when and we will come to your home, office, church, coffee shop, local library, or wherever you're most comfortable. You are, of course, welcome to meet in our office, if that suits you best.