Although many people do not think about funerals until they are faced with the death of a loved one, it is possible to pre-arrange one’s own funeral. For some, this is simply an automatic part of planning for the future, similar to taking out life insurance or writing a Will. For others, this pre-planning is done more out of concern for those left behind. If you have a funeral plan, your survivors will know what you wanted, and you spare them the difficulty of making decisions at a stressful and emotional time.
If you are considering planning your own funeral, you will want to ensure that you know your options and rights. This booklet of questions and answers about Planning Your Own Funeral provides important information about legal issues related to pre-arranging your own funeral. It can help you make some of the arrangements that will help your family and friends in the time following your death.
The information on this page relates to Alberta law only. For links to information on similar laws in other jurisdictions please see our page of Additional Resources.