What Documentation Is Required When Arranging A Cremation?

By: Alterna Cremation
Friday, December 8, 2023

When a death occurs, legal paperwork is likely to be the furthest thing from your mind. But the fact is that, as with all major life cycle events, deaths must be properly documented and registered. In the province of Manitoba, there are certain documents that must be completed before cremation can take place, and we've provided a general overview of them below.

At Alterna Cremation, we're always here to offer guidance and demystify the cremation process for grieving family members. Contact us any time with specific questions about the documentation required for your loved one's cremation, and we'll provide the most straightforward and accurate information possible.

Proof of Death Certificate

When you meet with our licensed Funeral Director after your loved one has been taken into our care (typically within 24 hours of death), you'll be asked to provide information including: Full name of the deceased, address, marital status, social insurance number, and more. In combination with the medical certificate we receive when a deceased person is transferred into our care, this information will allow for the preparation of a Proof of Death Certificate.

Often simply referred to as a death certificate, this document is issued by the Funeral Director and is not to be confused with a provincial Death Certificate, which can be later issued by Vital Statistics upon request. For a more in-depth overview of the differences between these two documents, see our blog post on this topic.

Burial Permit

In Manitoba, a burial permit must be issued before cremation can take place. At Alterna Cremation, we take care of obtaining this permit from the government so that you won't have to go through the process yourself.

Authorization for Cremation

This document must be signed by the deceased's executor or next of kin before cremation can occur. If there are multiple next of kin (such as in the case of siblings arranging the cremation of a single parent), they will all need to provide their signatures.

Contract of Services

At Alterna Cremation, we provide a contract for direct cremation that clearly itemizes services performed and their associated costs. Transparency is a priority for us, and we are always available to answer questions and address any and all concerns before you sign our contract.

Additional Paperwork

The documents listed above are standard requirements for cremations in Manitoba. That being said, the list is not exhaustive, and additional paperwork may be required depending on the circumstances.

If you are arranging for the transportation of a body or cremated remains to or from the province of Manitoba, extra documentation will be necessary. For more information, contact us directly or visit the Government of Canada website.

Simple and Direct

Alterna Cremation is rooted in the belief that cremation should be a simple, dignified process that is straightforward and accessible to all. We aim to help families navigate the legal documents required for cremation with as little stress and uncertainty as possible and are available to offer support at any moment.

Seeking a Winnipeg cremating service? Contact Alterna Cremation to learn more.


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