Where to start
Désourdy Funeral Homes offers complete services, respecting your beliefs and current situation.
Our counsellors take the time to truly understand your situation in order to help you plan a funeral that reflects who your loved one truly was. They also help you take care of all administrative formalities required when someone passes away. Throughout the entire process, you will benefit from a reassuring presence that will enable you to face these difficult moments with serenity.
What to do when someone passes away?
The essential steps to planning a funeral
When a death occurs, such as the loss of a loved one, it is normal to feel overwhelmed by the numerous steps you need to take to plan for the funeral. That is why the counsellors at Désourdy Funeral Homes provide all the expertise you need. They will accompany you throughout the entire process, including:
- Transporting the body to the funeral home
- Meeting the family and loved ones to plan the funeral:
- Determining the funeral rites based on your beliefs and values: final viewing of the body, casket or urn, ceremony in a church, chapel or meaningful site for the deceased, burial at a cemetery or placement in a niche in a columbarium.
- Selecting the coffin or urn as well as other funeral products or services: tombstone, reliquary, pendant, flowers, sympathy cards, bookmark, commemorative DVD, photography services (ex.: touch-ups, enlargements, framing), dove releases, etc.
- Determining the financial support for surviving spouses, children, etc.
- Helping to settle certain legal and administrative formalities:
- Declaring a death with the Directeur de l’état civil, obtaining a certificate and/or a copy of an act of death, declaring the death with different departments and agencies of both the Government of Québec and Canada, etc.
- Repatriating the remains or ashes of a loved one in the case of a death abroad
- Publishing the death notice
- Communicating with the church and cemetery, if required
- Ordering and ensuring the delivery of items, such as thank you cards and bookmarks, picture enlargements and framing, flowers, vigil lights, custom key chains, large format displays, etc.
- Organizing and supervising the ceremony to honour the memory of the deceased
- Coordinating the reception with the family, friends and other loved ones
- Organizing the disposition of the final remains based on the deceased’s last wishes: cremation, burial, etc.
To learn more about these essential steps to planning for a funeral, you can also visit: What to Do in the Event of Death, available on the Québec Portal.
If you have any questions on how to organize a funeral and the essential steps you need to take: