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A Place to Stay

Kingston has a number of shelters that provide emergency accommodation to individuals and families who need a temporary place to stay.

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When a person dies in Ontario, a burial permit must be issued before a funeral service can take place and/or disposal of the remains. Generally, funeral directors take responsibility for obtaining the burial permit.

Depending on the wishes of the individual who died, a family member or authorized individual arranges to dispose of the body. This may involve holding a funeral service followed by burial in a local cemetery or cremation followed by burial.

It is not necessary to hire a funeral director when someone dies, but a family must comply with Ontario laws. Embalming is also not required under Ontario law, but may be recommended in some circumstances.

Kingston has a number of cemeteries and crematorium services. Cataraqui Cemetery is one of the city's oldest cemeteries. A number of local dignitaries are buried at Cataraqui, including Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

For More Information

What to do When Someone Dies — ServiceOntario
Information on what to do when someone dies. Includes information such as: who to call first, organ and tissue donation, why you need a death certificate, wills and estates, dealing with the deceased’s finances, and who to notify for benefits or to cancel services. There are also links for registering a death and applying for a death certificate in Ontario, as well as a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Do I need a Will?
Information about the importance of making a will, what the will should include, making a will and the legal consequences of dying without a will. Available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

What to do When Someone Dies: Get a Burial Permit — ServiceOntario
What is a burial permit and when do you need one?

Board of Funeral Services – Consumer Information
Includes a consumer brochure about funerals, the complaint process, consumer advisories, glossary of terms and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Cataraqui Cemetery
Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, is buried in Kingston’s Cataraqui Cemetery.

Where can I find programs to help with grief and loss?
A list of groups who provide programs to help bereaved individuals and families.

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