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Are you looking to add a personal touch to your loved one's funeral service? Would you like to browse through our merchandise? Maybe you want to learn more about planning your own funeral.  We've made all of this information — and more — available for you to explore in the comfort and privacy of your home.


Helping You Grieve

It's not unusual to feel lost and alone after losing a loved one. Our grief support programs can help you through this difficult time. Visit our Online Grief Resource Center here, or call us at 416-221-1232.

Family Emergency

Nothing adequately prepares us for the initial shock of losing a loved one to death. Feelings of panic and helplessness may be overwhelming, but it is important to know you are not alone. It is important to reach out to close relatives, friends, and professionals for the help, support, and comfort you need. Notifying family and friends is always an important consideration in the initial tasks to be completed. Call immediate family members first, parents, children, brothers, sisters and grandparents of the deceased.  Grief researchers say those close to the deceased feel left out if they are not told about death immediately. Rely on others to assist you in notifying everyone: do not attempt to do this yourself. It not only helps others through the grieving process to have some responsibility, but also allows you to carry on with other tasks.  Although it may be difficult, telling others of a death it is therapeutic. Saying aloud that a loved one has died, the death is confirmed in your mind - an important step in the grief process.

So much to be done in what seems like so little time. The emotional impact of death understandably makes it difficult to focus on the details that go into organizing a funeral.  Also by clicking on the resource centre on the home page, you open a wealth of information and guidance to assist you through all of your needs.

1. When death occurs at home, what should we do?
2. If we are on vacation, and a death occurs what should we do?
3. A death of a loved one has occurred at the hospital, where do we turn?
4. A loved one has occurred in the nursing home, what should we do first?

Question #1When death occurs at home, what should we do?
Answer:If the death has been expected, the physician caring for the deceased will be able to pronounce the death and this is the person you should first contact. You can then call R. S. Kane to transfer the body to the funeral home.  
If the death is unexpected, the police should be notified. They will in turn dispatch an officer and contact a local coroner or medical examiner who will then decide the level of investigation necessary to determine the cause of death. They will arrange to have the body transferred to either a hospital or examination centre if an autopsy is required (at their cost).   Once the body has been transferred and the examination complete you may contact the funeral home to carry out the deceased's final wishes.

Question #2If we are on vacation, and a death occurs what should we do?
Answer:If a death was to occur away from the home, i.e. during a vacation or a business trip, then we suggest that you do a few things first.
Call us and the funeral director will take care of making the necessary contact with a reputable firm in the area that the death occurred.

Many travel insurance plans include some consideration to return a deceased person to their city of residence.  Usually this is a reimbursement after the funds have been put up by the family at the time.  The R. S. Kane preplanning program offers a World Wide Travel Plan.  This plan will return a decedent from anywhere in the world (must be at least 100 kilometres from residence), to the R. S. Kane Funeral Home.  Up to $100,000 is available to cover all costs associated with this transportation.  A toll free phone call made to the plan office anytime day or night is all that is required to make this occur.  They will also provide for the return travel of a travelling companion, or for one family member to travel to the place of death and accompany the deceased on the travel home, but it is important to remember that all of these plans must be made by the plan office.  No reimburesement will be made for arrangements made by the family.  

Question #3A death of a loved one has occurred at the hospital, where do we turn?
Answer:Whether or not you are present when the death occurs, a health care professional will contact you and ask a few questions.

1. Which funeral service provider will you be releasing the body to, for transfer from the hospital?  Most institutions will have the contact information for the R. S. Kane Funeral Home.

2. Unless the deceased has died unexpectedly, you will have the choice as to whether or not an autopsy is to be performed. An autopsy is the thorough examination of the deceased body, to understand and determine the cause of death or any factors that may have contributed towards the cause of death.  Autopsies are generally performed quickly, as to not interfere with the funeral process, however you may experience some short delays and should check with the health care professional as to when you can expect the autopsy to be completed if a delay could be of concern to you.

Question #4A loved one has occurred in the nursing home, what should we do first?
Answer:If you have not called your funeral director, you will have to consider doing so as the body will have to be removed by them or an authorized agent.  The funeral home will coordinate with the nursing facility as to when they can take responsibility for the deceased.  The nursing home will also require that you make arrangements to remove the personal belongings of the deceased in a timely fashion.

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