Making funeral arrangements

What are my rights?

Can I scatter my loved one's ashes over public lands?
  • Yes
  • No

There are many decisions to make when arranging the funeral of a loved one. Will they be buried or cremated? What will the funeral service look like? Your loved one may have left instructions about what they want. When possible, arrangements should respect their wishes.

What you should know

Making the arrangements

Who can help

  • This information applies to British Columbia, Canada
  • Reviewed for legal accuracy in April 2020
  • Time to read: 7 minutes

Reviewed for legal accuracy by

Stephen Hsia, Miller Thomson

Stephen Hsia

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