Are You the Responsible Family Member?
In Alberta, the right to control disposition of the remains is legislated by the Funeral Services Act Regulations. Below is the list in order of priority:
(a) the personal representative designated in the will of the deceased;
(b) the spouse or adult interdependent partner of the deceased if the spouse or adult interdependent partner was living with the deceased at the time of death;
(c) an adult child of the deceased;
(d) a parent of the deceased;
(e) a guardian of the deceased under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act or, if the deceased is a minor, under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act or the Family Law Act;
(f) an adult grandchild of the deceased;
(g) an adult brother or sister 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 sections 67 and 68 of the Wills and Succession Act;
(j) the Public Trustee;
(k) an adult person having some relationship with the deceased not based on blood ties or affinity;
(l) the Minister of Human Services.
If you are unclear as to who is the responsible person in planning a funeral for your loved one, call us.
The Critical Importance of Designating a Representative
If your loved one has yet to specify who they wish to be in control of their funeral service planning, and they are clear-headed enough to do so, now is the perfect time to take care of that task.
This is especially important if they think their relatives will not respect their funeral plans, or if they are on bad terms with them; do not know where they are, or do not have any living relatives.