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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What purpose does a funeral serve?
What do funeral directors do?
Why is viewing important?
Can viewing be limlted to just the family?
What is the purpose of embalming?
Does a dead body have to be embalmed, according to law?
What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
Will someone come right away?
If a loved one dies outside of Canada or Ontario can Ainsworth Funeral Home still help?

What purpose does a funeral serve?
The funeral ceremony recognizes death and its finality. Funerals are rituals for the living to show respect for the dead and to help survivors begin the grief process.

What do funeral directors do?
Funeral directors are facilitators, listeners, advisors and supporters, caregivers and administrators. They make the arrangements for transportation of the deceased, complete all necessary paperwork, and implement the choices made by the family regarding the funeral and final disposition. They have experience assisting the bereaved in coping with death.

Why is viewing important?
Viewing is part of many cultural and ethnic traditions. Grief specialists believe that viewing aids the grief process by helping the bereaved recognize the reality of death. Viewing is encouraged for children, as long as the process is explained and the activity voluntary.

Can viewing be limited to just the family?
Absolutely. Family viewing often takes place privately even though the obituary states there will be no public visitation. Viewing is important for what is often referred as 'closure' and enables close family members to say goodbye.

What is the purpose of embalming?
Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body, slows the decomposition process, and enhances the appearance of a body. Embalming makes it possible to lengthen the time between death and the final disposition, thus allowing family members time to arrange and participate in the type of service most comforting to them.

Does a dead body have to be embalmed, according to law?
No. Most funeral homes, however, require embalming when final disposition is not to be made within a prescribed number of hours or if a visitation period is to be part of the funeral arrangements.

What should I do if the death occurs in the middle of the night or on the weekend?
A funeral director is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You should feel free to call us at any time.

Will someone come right away?
If you request immediate assistance, yes. If the family wishes to spend a short time with the deceased to say good-bye, that is acceptable. We will come when the time is right..

If a loved one dies outside of Canada or Ontario can Ainsworth Funeral Home still help?
Yes, we can assist you with out-of-province or out-of-country arrangements, either transfering the remains to/from another province/country. Usually dealing with just one funeral home can save much time, effort, and money.