Where to Get Help for A Death in Your Family
|This information applies to British Columbia, Canada. Last reviewed for legal accuracy by Helen Low, QC and Nicco Bautista in January 2017.|
BC Bereavement Helpline
A non-profit society that helps people in BC cope with grief.
- Lower Mainland: 604-738-9950
- Toll-free: 1-877-779-2223
BC Funeral Association
A non-profit, membership organization that provides information about funeral services in BC.
A provincial health agency that oversees all aspects of organ donation and transplantation in BC, including the BC Organ Donor Registry.
The section “Following a Death” includes information about federal benefits available and steps to take after a loved one has died.
- Toll-free: 1-800-622-6232
- Toll-free TTY: 1-800-926-9105
Consumer Protection BC
Handles complaints about funeral homes, cemeteries, or crematoriums in BC.
Coroners Service of BC
Appointed officials who investigate all unnatural, sudden or unexpected deaths in BC.
Last Post Fund
A non-profit society that delivers a Veterans Affairs Canada program providing funeral and burial benefits for eligible Canadian and Allied veterans.
Memorial Society of BC
A non-profit society that helps to plan funerals that are simple, dignified and affordable.
Society of Notaries Public of BC
A notary public can assist with notarizing a death certificate and providing information about wills and estates. The Society of Notaries Public of BC offers a list of notaries in the province.
- Lower Mainland: 604-681-4516
- Toll-free: 1-800-663-0343
Vital Statistics Agency
A government agency responsible for the registration of deaths in British Columbia.
- Victoria: 250-952-2681
- Toll-free: 1-888-876-1633
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